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Sutherland Bolsters Unclaimed Property Practice with Addition of Marlys A. Bergstrom

October 7, 2010

ATLANTA (October 7, 2010) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that Marlys A. Bergstrom has joined the firm as an attorney in the State and Local Tax (SALT) practice. Ms. Bergstrom will be based in the firm’s Atlanta office. She brings more than 14 years of experience in unclaimed property compliance, planning and related restructuring, and audit defense to Sutherland’s 22-attorney SALT Team.

“We are seeing significant developments in unclaimed property legislation, regulation, and enforcement," said Tax Practice Group Leader Jerome B. Libin. “Marlys’ deep experience and thorough understanding of unclaimed property laws, audit defense strategies, and policy work will be a tremendous asset to our clients."

“The public accounting and state auditing experience, including managing complex unclaimed property projects for multinational clients, that Marlys brings to our tax team will strengthen and expand the diverse perspectives that we can bring to our financial services, retail, utility and other clients on these key issues," said Sutherland’s Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Ms. Bergstrom was the West Region Leader and Director of the National Unclaimed Property Compliance Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and more recently, Audit Director for Verus Financial in Atlanta and New York.

Sutherland’s prominence in tax dates back to the founding of the firm more than 85 years ago. Today, our tax practice is composed of more than 90 attorneys representing many of the world’s largest and most prominent corporations – including more than 30 of the Fortune 100 – in every industry sector and in virtually every area of tax law, on the federal, international, state and local levels.

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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