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Paul Hastings Expands Global Litigation Practice With Addition Of White House Special Assistant Laura Flippin To The Washington DC Office

June 26, 2005

Washington (June 27, 2005) -- Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP (Paul Hastings), a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce today that Laura Flippin, Special Assistant to President Bush, and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, has joined its litigation department, resident in the Washington DC office.  Ms. Flippin specializes in civil and criminal fraud-related claims, government and internal investigations, and securities banking and laws, and has extensive experience in trial and appellate litigation, at one point overseeing over one third of the civil litigation caseload for the U.S. Department of Justice.

"Over the past several years, the Paul Hastings Washington office has experienced double digit growth by continuing to strategically hire notable legal talent. Currently we have approximately 100 attorneys and expect to have more than 120 by the end of 2005,” said Barbara Brown, Chair of the Washington office. "We will continue to add leading lights like Laura Flippin -- from inside and outside the government -- to expand key practice areas in Washington.”

"Paul Hastings continues to carefully build quality litigation teams across the U.S., Asia, and Europe," said Jamie Wareham, Global Chair of Paul Hastings Litigation Department. "The addition of a seasoned litigator with government service at the level Laura Flippin has attained will bolster our ability to serve the needs of global clients faced with difficult litigation involving both the government and the private sector."

Laura Flippin has served in two capacities at the White House, most recently as Special Assistant to President Bush as a Commissioned Officer and Executive Secretary of the Homeland Security Council. Previously, Ms. Flippin was Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice. At the DOJ, she oversaw the Office of Immigration Litigation, and the Office of Consumer Litigation, where she supervised more than 150 attorneys and staff.  Prior to that, she served in the White House Counsel’s office, as Clearance Counsel, handling Presidential appointments and nominations.

The Paul Hastings Litigation Department provides premier litigation services to clients facing complex legal issues in the U.S., Europe and Asia.  With more than 220 lawyers in the Litigation Department, in addition to 150 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.

Paul Hastings in Washington:  The Paul Hastings Washington office is the headquarters for a number of the firm's major national and international practice groups, including international trade and policy, telecommunications, legislative/government affairs, government investigations/corporate defense, energy law, and environmental regulation. The D.C. office combines the firm's government regulatory, legislative and international practices with full-service corporate, litigation and employment law capabilities.

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, founded in 1951, is an international law firm, representing Fortune 500 companies with more than 1,000 attorneys located in 17 offices: Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Paris, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Stamford, Tokyo and Washington, DC.