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Sutherland Partner Appointed to the Secure Virginia Panel

February 13, 2003

WASHINGTON (February 13, 2003) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that Jeffrey P. Bialos has been appointed by Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner to the Secure Virginia Panel.

The Secure Virginia Panel is composed of 20 members appointed by the Governor as part of his Secure Virginia initiative to assess and improve the safety and security of the citizens of the Commonwealth.  Under the guidance of the Secure Virginia Panel, the initiative's chief focus is to review and enhance the Commonwealth's preparedness and response and recovery capability for natural disasters and emergencies of all kinds, including terrorist attacks.

In an official statement announcing yesterday's appointments to the panel, Governor Warner said, "As we face an increased national threat level, I am grateful to these individuals for their willingness to help guide the Commonwealth in all aspects of emergency preparedness."

A partner in the law firm's Washington office, Mr. Bialos has broad ranging legal and governmental and private sector experience on aerospace, defense and homeland security matters, including mergers and acquisitions, technology transfer and international business arrangements.  Jeff also serves as Executive Director of the Transatlantic Security and Industry at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and is a senior advisor to JSA Partners, a leading aerospace and defense consulting firm.

Mr. Bialos served in several senior positions in the Clinton Administration, most recently as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Affairs.  He also was head of the U.S. delegation for consultations with the European Union over the future of satellite navigation.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP 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, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.  For further information about the firm, please visit

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