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ATLANTA, May 14 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — Powell Go…

ATLANTA, May 14 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — Powell Goldstein LLP announced today that Gerald L. Blanchard has joined the Firm’s Atlanta office as a partner.

Mr. Blanchard is a national expert on all aspects of commercial and
financial banking. Prior to joining Powell Goldstein, Mr. Blanchard served as
in-house counsel to Bank of America Corp., where he worked for 25 years.

“Gerry is highly respected in the banking and legal communities for his
knowledge of middle-market lending and workouts,” said Powell Goldstein
Chairman Jim McAlpin, Jr. “At Powell Goldstein, he will enhance what is
already the preeminent community banking practice in the United States.
Working closely with Walt Moeling, Gerry will help expand our practice and
serve our growing regional and national banking clients with skill and
dedication.”

A noted writer and speaker, Mr. Blanchard presents his views regularly at
leading banking seminars and conferences. One of his publications, “Lender
Liability: Law, Practice & Prevention,” has become the banking industry’s
seminal treatise on lending liability. This guide is updated annually.

“Gerry brings a well-known and deep understanding of middle-market banking
to our group,” said Walt Moeling, leader of Powell Goldstein’s Financial
Institutions practice. “We are thrilled and honored that he has joined us.
Our clients will see, first hand, the benefits he brings to their strategic
legal needs.”

Mr. Blanchard is involved in numerous pro bono activities in the community
and serves on the board of the State Bar of Georgia’s Business Commitment
Committee. He is also a past president of the Georgia Chapter of the
Association of Corporate Counsel – America and a board member of the Corporate
Counsel section of the Atlanta Bar Association.

Mr. Blanchard received his B.A. from Berry College in Rome, Ga., and his
J.D. from Emory University Law School in 1978. He clerked in the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta for Judge William L. Norton Jr. before starting
his career with Citizens & Southern National Bank, which eventually became
Bank of America. Mr. Blanchard is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the
Atlanta Bar Association.

Powell Goldstein LLP was established in 1909 and has more than 300
attorneys who provide legal counsel to clients in a wide variety of practices
from offices in Atlanta and Washington. For more information,
visit http://www.pogolaw.com or call 202.347.0066.

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