(BALTIMORE) September 21, 2006 – LAWFUEL – Corporate Law News – DL…

(BALTIMORE) September 21, 2006 – LAWFUEL – Corporate Law News – DLA Piper US LLP announced that Kathleen Chagnon has joined the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group as a partner in the firm’s Baltimore office. She comes to DLA Piper from Saul Ewing LLP.

Chagnon focuses her practice on major business transactions and representation of public and private companies. She has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters and legal department management issues. She also has broad exposure to the energy and insurance industries, and has a significant work history both as an in-house and private lawyer.

“We have long known and worked with Kathleen during her tenure as Chief Corporate Counsel of the St. Paul Companies and as General Counsel of Constellation Energy. She is deeply experienced in all facets of corporate and securities law and is particularly knowledgeable about the insurance industry, where we have built one of the leading practices nationwide.”

“Kathleen is a well known corporate attorney who is highly respected in the Baltimore legal community. She has a demonstrated track record as a strong leader and a tireless advocate for her clients, and we know she will be a great addition to our team,” added Paul Tiburzi, Baltimore Managing Partner of DLA Piper.

Prior to joining Saul Ewing, Chagnon served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Constellation Energy Group in Baltimore, where she oversaw an 80-person legal division and was responsible for all legal matters for the organization including general corporate matters, commercial finance, securities compliance, acquisition and new venture activities, environmental and regulatory matters, litigation and supervision of outside counsel.

Before working at Constellation Energy Group, Chagnon served as Vice President, Corporate General Counsel of The St. Paul Companies, Inc., where she was in charge of the Corporate Legal Division.

“Kathleen has superior legal talents,” said Jay Smith, Co-Chair of the Corporate and Securities practice group. “Her past work experiences in the energy and insurance industries make her an ideal candidate to help expand the growth of our Corporate and Securities practice.”

Chagnon serves on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Board and is a member of the Women’s Initiative Executive Committee of the United Way of Central Baltimore.

She received a B.A. with honors from Stanford University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

About DLA Piper (www.dlapiper.com)
DLA Piper has 3,200 lawyers and 61 offices in 23 countries throughout the U.S., U.K., Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia. It has leading practices in commercial, corporate and finance, human resources, litigation, real estate, regulatory and legislative, and technology, media and communications.

The firm’s Corporate and Securities practice has more than 550 corporate attorneys globally, including more than 250 lawyers in the U.S. who advise clients on public and private equity and debt securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and reorganizations, in addition to corporate governance, IT, tax, compensation, and technology issues.

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