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Arnold & Porter Expands Strategically to Meet Key Client Demand

August 13, 2009

Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC, August 13, 2009 -- Arnold & Porter LLP announced today the addition of four lawyers in a range of key practices and offices where the firm is expanding strategically to meet growing client demand: Duane J. Mauney in product liability (Washington, DC); Lisa Hill Fenning in bankruptcy (Los Angeles); Cynthia D. Mann in tax (New York); and Patricio Grané in international arbitration and international trade (Washington, DC).

"We welcome Duane, Lisa, Cindy, and Patricio, all of whom will be advising clients in strategic areas where we are experiencing growth and have important needs," said Arnold & Porter Chair Thomas Milch. "They are excellent lawyers, each with a unique set of skills that are an ideal fit for our litigation, dispute, and transactional practices. The addition of their experience in three important markets where we operate will help our clients better achieve their business goals on a national and international scale."

The lawyers who are arriving at Arnold & Porter this month are:

  • Mr. Mauney, who re-joined the firm's product liability practice as a partner last week. Mr. Mauney has extensive experience in the analysis, assessment, and communication of complex scientific issues within the litigation, regulatory, and compliance contexts. He represents consumer products clients in state and federal courts across the country in a wide array of actions, including mass product liability and consumer fraud litigation, and also advises these clients in formulating and executing strategic and proactive approaches to current and potential regulations. A graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Law, Mr. Mauney joined Arnold & Porter in 1996 and was promoted to partner in 2004. He returns to the firm after a year working abroad with a FORTUNE 100 consumer products company to develop and implement regulatory policy and strategy. Mr. Mauney will work with a group of more than 80 lawyers in the product liability practice, which is consistently ranked by Chambers as one of the leading practices in the US and the UK, with high-profile clients in the consumer products as well as the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors.

  • Ms. Fenning, who joined Arnold & Porter's bankruptcy practice as a partner on August 10. She will enhance the firm's bankruptcy presence on the West Coast, while also working closely with the group's lawyers who are based in Washington, DC and New York. Ms. Fenning, who is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, has been a partner at a major national law firm since 2001. Prior to that, she served as a US bankruptcy judge for the Central District of California from 1985 to 2000. She also has served as a mediator in bankruptcy and related litigation matters. Ms. Fenning represents clients in corporate reorganizations, workouts, and Chapter 11 bankruptcies and in related litigation throughout the United States. Ms. Fenning is a graduate of Yale Law School. She is ranked as a leading bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer in California by Chambers USA 2009. Ms. Fenning will be working with a team of 20 lawyers in Arnold & Porter's well-regarded bankruptcy and corporate restructuring group, which is ranked in the No. 1 band in Washington, DC by Chambers USA 2009. The group has advised on matters of national importance, including the representation of the Chrysler National Dealer Council in the Chrysler bankruptcy proceedings and Quebecor World Inc. in its successful reorganization and financial restructuring.

  • Ms. Mann, who joined Arnold & Porter's tax practice as a partner on August 10. She has nearly 20 years of experience in corporate tax law, working on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, hedge fund and private equity fund formation, bankruptcy restructurings and workouts, financial products, and executive compensation. Ms. Mann concentrates her practice on tax planning, specifically the international, federal, state, and local tax aspects of tax-free and taxable acquisitions, sales, and combinations of incorporated and unincorporated entities and their assets; equity and debt restructurings in bankruptcies and insolvencies; hedge and private equity funds and the use of S corporations, trusts, partnership, and limited liability companies. She also has experience with tax issues in leasing transactions and registered US and international securities offerings. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Ms. Mann joins more than 25 lawyers in the firm's tax group, which has experience in managing complex, precedent-setting tax problems and opportunities critical to US and international business and economic transactions. Individuals in the group are ranked by Chambers USA 2009, which notes their tax experience in wealth management, REITS, and international tax law.

  • Mr. Grané, who will join the firm's international arbitration and international trade groups as counsel on August 17. He focuses his practice in the area of international dispute resolution, with emphasis on international arbitration under investment treaties and the World Trade Organization (WTO). He advises sovereign clients and private parties in trade and investment disputes. Prior to entering practice, Mr. Grané served as Counselor of the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the WTO, in Geneva. He has a JD from the Universidad de Costa Rica and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Grané is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. At Arnold & Porter, he will work with more than 25 lawyers, internationally renowned for their experience in representing sovereign states and state bodies and institutions, particularly in Latin America. The group has been highlighted and ranked in numerous directories and publications, including Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500, Global Arbitration Review, Latin Lawyer, and others.

Arnold & Porter LLP, an international law firm of more than 675 attorneys, has offices in Brussels, Denver, London, Los Angeles, New York, Northern Virginia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. The firm, founded in 1946, maintains more than 25 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law, with a primary focus on litigation, transactional matters, and regulatory issues.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. Grané is admitted in New York; not admitted to the practice of law in the District of Columbia.

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