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Tax Assistant to the Solicitor General, Kent Jones, Joins Sutherland

March 15, 2004

WASHINGTON (March 15, 2004) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan today announced that Kent L. Jones has joined the firm as a partner in its Washington office.  Jones joins Sutherland after serving as Tax Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice since 1990.  During his years in the Solicitor General's office, which included an earlier stint from 1978 to 1980,  Jones argued forty-three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and participated in eleven cases before various United States Courts of Appeals.  These cases routinely included the most important tax and commercial litigation involving the United States as a party.

"Kent is one of the most recognized and respected tax and appellate litigators in the country," says Sutherland Managing Partner, James L. Henderson III, "and we are excited to add his significant experience to our tax and litigation practices."  Jones' practice at Sutherland is expected to focus on tax, commercial and government litigation, including appellate and trial work.

Between his years of service at the Department of Justice, Jones practiced commercial litigation at Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Collingsworth, & Nelson in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Jones graduated from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where he was Articles Editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He then clerked for Judge James L. Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Sutherland's tax practice, one of the largest and most highly regarded in the country, has produced two former Commissioners of Internal Revenue and a former Chief Counsel of the IRS.  Many partners and associates have held positions in the IRS, the Treasury Department, the Justice Department and the Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress.  Five partners have served as Chair of the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association.  Another partner currently serves as President of the International Fiscal Association.

Sutherland is a national law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation's largest companies.  Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 350 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Washington, New York, Austin, Houston and Tallahassee.  For further information about the firm, please visit

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