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Paul Hastings named Global Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year

March 31, 2006

London (March 31, 2006) - Following on from the success of the 2005 awards, Who’s Who Legal has used the thousands of nominations received from clients and private practice professionals in the course of an ongoing research process to identify the pre-eminent lawyer and firm in each of the 27 practice areas covered in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2006, published in March.

Managing editor Callum Campbell said: “We are delighted to recognize Paul Hastings with the The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers Management Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year Award. This is the first time that the firm has achieved this distinction, and the firm can boast outstanding individual efforts. It can truly be said to be the world’s leading firm for management labor and employment expertise."

Eight partners from the firm across five US states received sufficient nominations to be included in the labor and employment chapter of the publication. Paul Grossman, Nancy Abell and Barbara Berish Brown all feature among the most highly regarded individuals in the research overall. Paul Hastings lawyers included in the labor and employment chapter are:

Nancy L. Abell
Paul Cane Jr.
Paul Grossman
M. Kirby C. Wilcox
Christopher A. Barreca
Barbara Berish Brown
C. Geoffrey Weirich
Zachary D. Fasman

The awards are based on a number of factors, including the feedback received in the ongoing research process, past performance in the research and the overall aggregate number of weighted votes cast in their favor. The awards are announced in the The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and identify the preeminent lawyer and firm in each of the 27 practice areas covered by the Who’s Who Legal series. For the first time this year, the awards also recognize the overall leading firm in 46 countries around the world.

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2006 is a compendium volume of the practice areas covered by Who’s Who Legal’s separate single volume publications. It is the result of ten years of independent research incorporating feedback from thousands of lawyers, and covering over 7,000 practitioners across 27 separate practice areas and over 100 countries. The book is distributed free of charge to thousands of corporate counsel and private-practice lawyers who have requested it from around the world.

According to Callum Campbell: “It is impossible to buy entry into this publication, only lawyers who have met independent international research criteria are listed. This book represents an accurate and impartial picture of the global private practice marketplace.”  Who’s Who Legal is the official research partner of the International Bar Association.

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, founded in 1951, is a global law firm, representing Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions and multinationals worldwide, with approximately 1,000 lawyers located in 15 offices: Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, Paris, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Stamford, Tokyo and Washington, DC.

Paul Hastings was named Labor & Employment Litigation Department of the Year by The American Lawyer, and described by Chambers USA in 2004 as "Phenomenal; the clear leaders in a league of their own."