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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leslie Gross 215.972.7158 firstname.lastname@example.org 222 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1200 P.O. Box 1266 Wilmington, DE 19899 SAUL EWING LLP’s WILMINGTON OFFICE WELCOMES SEVEN BANKRUPTCY, LITIGATION AND REAL ESTATE LAWYERS (Wilmington, DE, June 1, 2009) – A group of seven attorneys, including three partners, today announced it will join the Wilmington office of Saul Ewing LLP, bolstering the Firm’s critical mass in Delaware and strengthening the Firm’s bankruptcy, litigation and real estate capabilities. The attorneys bring significant skills and experience in commercial litigation, land use and real estate and corporate bankruptcy and restructuring, as well as decades of experience in Delaware’s federal, Chancery, Supreme and Superior courts and before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware. They were previously with Buchanan Ingersoll LLP in its Wilmington office. William E. Manning, Teresa K.D. Currier and Richard A. Forsten are joining Saul Ewing as Partners, while James D. Taylor joins as Special Counsel. Joining the firm as Associates are Jennifer Morgan Becnel-Guzzo, Michael J. Farnan and Andrew H. Lippstone. “Wilmington has a robust legal environment and it is important for our Wilmington office and the firm as a whole that we have a strong presence here,” said Wendie C. Stabler, Wilmington Office Managing Partner. “This group is a great match for us.” Managing Partner David S. Antzis said Manning, Currier and Forsten are a superb fit for the Wilmington office. “Each attorney brings skills and experience that not only complement, but enhance, our Wilmington office’s capabilities. They deepen the resources we provide to our clients in Delaware, strengthen several strategic practice areas and give us enhanced litigation capacity. We are excited about the future of our Wilmington office.” Manning joins as a Partner in the Litigation Department and will serve, with Stabler, as Co-Office Managing Partner. He will also Co-Chair Saul Ewing’s Higher Education Practice Group with James A. Keller. Currier joins as a Partner in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Department and Forsten will be a Partner in the Real Estate Department. Taylor, Becnel-Guzzo and Farnan will join the Litigation Department and Lippstone will be a member of the Real Estate Department. “We are thrilled to became a part of the highly respected Saul Ewing firm and believe our diverse skills and experiences will mesh well with the Wilmington office, helping us grow the services Saul Ewing’s Wilmington office extends to clients” Manning said. “On a personal level, I am looking forward to working with folks I have known for years and can now call my partners.” Three secretaries and two paralegals will move with the attorneys from Buchanan Ingersoll to Saul Ewing. About the attorneys William E. Manning – For more than 30 years, Manning has represented some of Delaware’s most important institutions and companies. Currently serving as outside general counsel to the University of Delaware, he and his group have offered services ranging from First Amendment litigation defense to compliance advice to real estate acquisition and litigation. As a commercial litigator, he has represented Verizon Delaware, Inc., Dover Downs, Inc. and several significant real estate development interests. In the early part of his career, Manning served as both counsel and chief of staff to Governor Pierre S. duPont, IV, developing an interest in government and regulatory matters. Since their creation in 1995, Manning has represented many of Delaware’s charter schools and, with Jim Taylor, is a leader in the State’s charter school movement. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and his law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law. Upon his graduation, Manning served as law clerk to Caleb R. Layton, III in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Teresa K.D. Currier – Currier concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate bankruptcy and restructuring. She represents debtors, creditors' committees, DIP lenders and other secured creditors, indenture trustees and bondholders, unsecured creditors and asset purchasers, primarily in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. She has handled bankruptcy appeals to the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her undergraduate degree from Lehigh University and her law degree, summa cum laude, from The Dickinson School of Law. Richard A. Forsten -- Forsten focuses his practice in the areas of land use and land use litigation, and commercial and real estate transactions and litigation. He represents owners and developers in complex and challenging land use matters, including the rezoning and redevelopment of a Sears warehouse site for a 440,000 square foot commercial center and the development of "Westown," a 2000-acre master-planned project in Middletown, Delaware involving commercial, office, industrial and residential components. His has extensive land use litigation experience includes the first Delaware case to award attorneys' fees to a developer in a lawsuit against a municipality, and a recent Delaware Supreme Court en banc decision holding that plans which meet all subdivision code requirements are entitled to approval.. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Virginia and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Richard also serves as general counsel to the Delaware Republican party. James D. Taylor, Jr. – Taylor practices in the areas of commercial litigation and administrative law, with a particular emphasis on higher education law. With Manning and Becnel-Guzzo, he has counseled the University of Delaware on a range of legal issues. A strong proponent of Delaware's charter school movement, Taylor has represented several charter schools, the state's umbrella charter school organization and a nonprofit corporation formed to provide financial and management assistance to charter schools. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and his law degree from Villanova University School of Law. Jennifer Morgan Becnel-Guzzo – Becnel-Guzzo concentrates her practice on commercial litigation and administrative law, and is one of the group serving the University of Delaware. Prior to joining private practice, she completed a one-year clerkship with the Honorable William L. Witham, Jr., of the Superior Court of Delaware. She received her bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University and her law degree from Louisiana State University School of Law. Michael J. Farnan – Farnan focuses his practice on litigation matters. He received his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College and his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. Andrew H. Lippstone – Lippstone’s practice focuses on land use and real estate, as well as transactional work and litigation relating to Delaware corporate law. He handles corporate and alternative-entity transactions under Delaware law and drafts and interprets documents governing condominiums, maintenance corporations and similar entities. He represents clients in connection with commercial lease agreements, purchase and sales agreements, and commercial and construction financing. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Saul Ewing LLP is a full service law firm with 260 lawyers in nine offices in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and the District of Columbia. The Firm serves businesses throughout the United States and internationally, including recognizable names in corporate America, exciting start-ups and an array of closely held and privately held companies, as well as nonprofits, governmental and educational entities.
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