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29 January 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network Gibson, Dunn & Crut…

29 January 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has appointed Jonathan Dickey, a Palo Alto partner, and Robert Serio, a New York partner, to serve as Co-Chairs of the firm’s Securities Litigation Practice Group. They will work with Wayne Smith, an Orange County partner, who will continue to serve as Co-Chair. Together, they will lead the Firm’s nationwide practice of more than 75 lawyers in nine offices throughout the United States.

“We are expanding the leadership of our Securities Litigation Practice Group to reflect the growth of the practice and the need for national coordination given the increasing level of multi-office staffing on major matters,” said Ken Doran, Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “Jon and Rob are very highly regarded lawyers with thriving practices representing blue-chip clients, such as Merrill Lynch and Amazon.com. Given the breadth and depth of their experience and their leadership qualities, I am confident they will do a great job with Wayne, leading our securities litigation group.”

About Jonathan C. Dickey

Dickey specializes in securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, corporate investigations, and Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement matters. He represents public companies, underwriters, venture capital firms and accounting firms in securities fraud class action litigation matters. He also acts as counsel to boards of directors and board committees on securities disclosure and compliance issues, SEC and stock exchange investigations, insider trading, and corporate governance issues.

Dickey is also a frequent author and lecturer on securities litigation, corporate governance, corporate compliance, SEC investigations and other securities-related topics. Since 1996, he has been a regular faculty member at the annual Directors’ College sponsored by Stanford Law School, where he has spoken on a variety of subjects, including corporate governance, audit committees, complex litigation and directors’ and officers’ insurance. Dickey also has served as an advisor to various industry organizations on securities class action law reform and legislative matters, and was significantly involved in passage of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

About Robert F. Serio

Serio’s practice involves representing financial institutions and public companies in securities litigation, shareholder derivative actions and bankruptcy litigation. He is currently representing Merrill Lynch in various Enron-related securities litigation matters. He successfully obtained dismissal of securities litigation claims asserted against Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley in connection with their role as co-lead underwriters in Duke Energy public offerings and represented Merrill Lynch in a class action alleging that brokerage houses had conspired to prevent their retail customers from “flipping” shares purchased in IPOs. Serio is also currently representing Cincinnati Bell in securities class action litigation. In other matters, Serio has represented The FINOVA Group Inc., Citiscape Corp., Unilever and Bank Brussels Lambert. In addition, Serio serves as Partner in Charge of the New York office of Gibson Dunn.

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