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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP Announces Management Team Changes

August 29, 2007

WASHINGTON (August 29, 2007) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces changes to the firm's management structure with the appointment of three new Partners-in-Charge, who will serve as managing partners of the Atlanta, Houston, New York and Washington, D.C. offices.

In Atlanta, Eric R. Fenichel has been selected Partner-in-Charge.  As a member of the Corporate Practice Group, his practice encompasses a broad array of financing transactions, including structured finance and securitization, derivatives and structured products, commodity financing arrangements and general corporate finance. 

Don E. Wood and Rachel Giesber Clingman will serve as Co-Partners-in-Charge of the firm's expanding Houston office.  Mr. Wood is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group, where his practice focus includes representing community, regional, national and international financial services institutions - including banks, thrifts, trust companies, credit card issuers, service organizations, insurance underwriters and agencies, title companies and small loan companies.

Ms. Clingman, who joined Sutherland earlier this month, heads the firm's national Business Litigation Practice Group, which includes energy and environmental litigation.  She is an experienced trial lawyer, who has handled numerous jury trials and appeals across the country.  In addition to energy and commercial litigation, her trial experience includes aviation claims, shareholder disputes and international litigation arising from alleged acts of terrorism in the Middle East.

In Washington, D.C., Richard G. Murphy is now Partner-in-Charge.  A member of the Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Murphy has represented organizations in various industries, including banking, factoring, telecommunications and nuclear energy in court and in various forms of alternative dispute resolution.  As the senior litigator in the firm's Business Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group, his particular emphasis is on disputes involving creditors' rights and bankruptcy-related issues.  Rick replaces W. Mark Smith, who served as Partner-in-Charge for seven years. 
William H. Bradley remains Partner-in-Charge of the New York office.  Mr. Bradley, a member of the Corporate Practice Group, has extensive experience in timber taxation and finance. He has also handled complex tax controversies at all administrative levels within the Internal Revenue Service and has litigated tax issues in the Tax Court, the United States District Court, the Court of Federal Claims and in the Eleventh and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Firm Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman wishes to thank the outgoing Partners-in-Charge and offers his congratulations to the newly appointed management team.  "I'm confident that our Partners-in-Charge will bring the firm continued success through their dedicated leadership, just as their predecessors did." 

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an AmLaw 100 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 450 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.  For further information about the firm, please visit

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