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Sutherland Tax Lawyer Named Nolan Fellow By American Bar Association

February 4, 2011

Washington, D.C. (February 4, 2011)Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces today that Vanessa A. Scott,  a member of the firm’s Tax Practice Group,  has been awarded a 2011 Nolan Fellowship by the American Bar Association (ABA). The honor is given annually to outstanding young attorneys who have shown leadership qualities and are actively involved in the ABA’s Section of Taxation.

"We are extremely proud of Vanessa.  She is very clearly a rising star in her field," said Jerome B. Libin, Practice Group Leader of Sutherland’s Tax Practice Group. "It is wonderful to see her hard work and dedication receive this national recognition."

Vanessa focuses her practice on counseling employers on compliance issues involving qualified and non-qualified employee benefit plans.  She advises numerous clients, including Fortune 500 companies, government entities, and educational institutions, regarding the tax and ERISA rules applicable to complex benefits arrangements. Vanessa also has been instrumental in assisting clients with compliance issues stemming from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and frequently speaks to employer groups on the new law.

Vanessa was among six tax lawyers who were recognized as 2011 Nolan Fellows during a luncheon at the Midyear Meeting of the ABA Section of Taxation in Boca Raton, Florida. on January 22. As a recipient of the national award, Vanessa joins Sutherland Partner Adam B. Cohen, who was given the honor in 2007.

With nearly 400,000 members, the ABA is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, it works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, and provides continuing legal education.

The ABA’s Section of Taxation is the largest professional association of tax lawyers with approximately 23,000 members nationwide. Its goals include helping taxpayers better understand their rights and obligations under the tax laws and working to achieve a simplified tax system that is equitable and efficient.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.

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