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Paul Hastings Attorneys Named Top Women Litigators by Daily Journal

May 22, 2007

Paul Hastings Attorneys Named Top Women Litigators
by Daily Journal


 Leads Law Firms with Four Partners Recognized

Los Angeles, CA (May 22, 2007) - Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP (Paul Hastings), a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce that partners Nancy Abell, Elena Baca, Jamie Broder and Donna Melby have been named Top Women Litigators by the Daily Journal. The four selections to the annual list were the most for any law firm. It is the sixth consecutive year that Abell and Melby have been named to the list and it is the first year for Baca and Broder. 

The 2007 list identifies the top women litigators in California who have achieved important wins in litigating significant cases and who have established themselves as leaders in their areas of practice and in the profession at large.

"Long considered to be among the best in their fields, it is a well-deserved tribute for these extraordinary attorneys to be listed among the top women litigators in California," said Seth Zachary, Chairman of Paul Hastings. "Their vision and success in handling class actions and bet-the-company litigation has been integral to the burgeoning strength of Paul Hastings' global litigation practice."

Ms. Abell, the chair of the firm's 200-lawyer Employment Law Department, has consistently been recognized among the best in her field of practice. In 2006, she was named one of the top 14 employment lawyers in the world by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers. A fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, her practice focuses on litigation of complex employment class actions and individual cases, appeals, proceedings before government agencies, labor negotiations and arbitrations, and employment advice to many of America's leading businesses and law firms. 

Ms. Melby, the chair of the firm's Los Angeles Employment Law Department, is a nationally recognized business trial lawyer who has successfully litigated and tried complex and high-profile class actions and business, employment and mass tort cases in state and federal courts. She served as the 2005 National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates -- the first woman to attain this honor in the organization's 50-year history - and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers.

Ms. Baca, the chair of Paul Hastings' Los Angeles office, has successfully defended clients at trial and in NASD arbitrations against disability, retaliation, age, sexual harassment and wage and hour claims. She represents a wide variety of corporate clients in all aspects of employment law, employment and wage and hour litigation and management training. Her experience includes defending employers in complex civil and class action litigation. 

With numerous trial successes, including several high-profile trial wins, Ms. Broder concentrates her practice on complex litigation, professional liability, securities litigation, health care litigation, intellectual property litigation and general business disputes. She has extensive experience in the federal, state and appellate courts, and has represented entertainment and media companies, financial services companies, investment management firms, real estate developers and health care companies.

About Paul Hastings' Litigation Department: The Paul Hastings Litigation Department provides premier litigation services to clients facing complex legal issues in the U.S., Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia.  With more than 300 lawyers in the Litigation Department, in addition to 200 litigators in the Employment Department, Paul Hastings is well positioned to handle all aspects of a client's litigation needs. Our sophisticated litigation practice covers every major practice including securities, intellectual property, class action and employment litigation, international arbitration, and white-collar crime. The Litigation Department has an impressive track record of winning large and difficult cases.

About Paul Hastings Employment Law Department: Paul Hastings has one of the largest and most accomplished employment practices in the United States and abroad. It was named "Global Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year" in 2006 and 2007 by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers. Chambers USA 2006 described the practice as "'the best of the best'" - "'the gold standard.'" In 2006, The American Lawyer noted that "no firm has scored as many class action wins as Paul, Hastings." Many of the Department's partners have been elected to membership in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and/or American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, and 31 are listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Through its employment law attorneys in key capital markets around the globe, Paul Hastings coordinates global employment and benefits strategies and solutions, as well as inbound and outbound immigration through its globally-acclaimed immigration practice group. The Department is frequently called upon by many of the world's leading law firms to represent them in their employment law litigation and advice matters.

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP, founded in 1951, is a leading international law firm with over 1,200 attorneys in 18 offices. The firm serves a diverse client base including many of the leading global financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies and offers deep capabilities in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate/M&A, litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, project finance, investment management, real estate, labor and employment and tax advisory services. For additional information, please visit our website at www.paulhastings.com.

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