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CHICAGO, August 2, 2005 – Holland & Knight today announced that John M…

CHICAGO, August 2, 2005 – Holland & Knight today announced that John Mussman has joined the Banking & Finance Group, as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office.

“We’re pleased to welcome John to the group, his strength in banking, corporate and regulatory law will be a great addition to our burgeoning financial services practice nationwide and in Chicago,” said Al Avila, Banking & Finance Practice Group Leader. “John will play an integral role in helping expand the firm’s focus on serving banks, mortgage banks and other financial institutions in Chicago and nationwide.”

Mussman joins the Banking & Finance national group headed by Al Avila. In Chicago, the practice includes Tim Bergan, Michael Weissman, Rob Mintz, David Mann, Craig McCrohon.

“One of the strengths that attracted me to Holland & Knight was the caliber of the legal talent. I’m joining a top-notch banking practice composed of collaborative, client-focused lawyers. Holland & Knight has a nationwide reputation and a well-articulated commitment in Chicago and elsewhere to servicing banks, mortgage banks and other financial institutions. They also have the skills, depth and flexibility required to provide top-tier legal advice to other commercial clients that engage banks and other financial service providers,” said Mussman.

Mussman concentrates his practice in banking, consumer credit and general corporate law. He represents banks, mortgage banks and other financial institutions in a wide range of corporate transactions, including stock and asset purchases and acquisitions, consumer credit-related matters as well as other state and federal regulatory and licensing issues. He also has extensive experience representing both financial institutions and other non-bank clients in developing financial service products and solutions and addressing complex and class action litigation.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mussman was a partner in the Finance Group of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. Mussman received his JD cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to law school he was a legislative assistant in the Washington office of U.S. Senator Edward Zorinsky (Nebraska), concentrating on labor issues, federal employment, intergovernmental affairs, public works and water policy and liaison with state and federal agencies. Before working for Zorinsky, he received his BA cum laude from Kalamazoo College.

About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a commercial law firm with more than 1,250 lawyers in 26 offices in the United States, including Chicago, Washington, New York and Miami. Internationally, offices are located in Mexico City, Tokyo and Beijing, with representative offices in Helsinki, Caracas and Tel Aviv, and strategic alliance relations in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Holland & Knight is among the 15 largest firms worldwide, providing representation in all major areas of law.

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