CHADBOURNE expands litigation practice with addition of two LATERAL partners

Scott Peeler and Jeffrey Wasserman Further Strengthen New York Litigation Team

NEW YORK – October 4, 2010 – The international law firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced today that litigators M. Scott Peeler and Jeffrey Wasserman have joined the firm as partners in the New York office, bolstering Chadbourne’s litigation capabilities in two key areas.

Mr. Peeler, 39, was previously a partner at Arent Fox and Mr. Wasserman, 36, was most recently a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani, both in New York.

Mr. Peeler focuses his practice on white collar litigation and government investigations, including health care fraud and abuse, money laundering, securities and tax violations. He also regularly advises clients on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws. Before joining private practice, Mr. Peeler served as an Assistant District Attorney for New York County under former District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, where he prosecuted major felonies, including economic fraud, coercion and narcotics trafficking. In his career, he has successfully tried many state and federal jury trials.

Mr. Wasserman returns to Chadbourne, where he previously served as an associate. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation with a focus on cross-border disputes and other transactions. Mr. Wasserman has significant experience with such major issues as the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, the doctrine of forum non conveniens, personal and subject matter jurisdiction, bankruptcies and others.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jeff back to Chadbourne. He and Scott bring a wealth of litigation experience and knowledge to the firm,” said Chadbourne Managing Partner Charles K. O’Neill. “More stringent enforcement of FCPA and other anti-corruption laws in the U.S. and in countries where we have offices make Scott’s addition to our FCPA team particularly timely.”

“The litigation group is proud to welcome Scott and Jeff to our team,” said Thomas E. Riley, head of Chadbourne’s litigation department. “Scott’s public and private sector background, combined with Jeff’s international and cross-border experience, make them tremendous assets for our clients and add to our reputation as top-notch litigation counsel.”

Mr. Peeler is a frequent legal commentator in the news media and a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Wrongful Convictions, which recommended substantive changes to New York’s criminal justice system. He received a B.A. with honors in 1993 and J.D. in 1997 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In addition to his litigation skills, Mr. Wasserman is experienced in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the American Arbitration Association. He earned an A.B., with honors, from Lafayette College in 1996 and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1999.

About Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Chadbourne & Parke LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York City, provides a full range of legal services, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, project finance, private funds, corporate finance, venture capital and emerging companies, energy/renewable energy, communications and technology, commercial and products liability litigation, arbitration/IDR, securities litigation and regulatory enforcement, special investigations and litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, domestic and international tax, insurance and reinsurance, environmental, real estate, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, employment law and ERISA, trusts and estates and government contract matters. Major geographical areas of concentration include Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. The Firm has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Mexico City, São Paulo, London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Kyiv, Almaty, Dubai and Beijing. For additional information, visit:

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