CHICAGO – December 21, 2005 – LAWFUEL- The Law News Network – Holl…

CHICAGO – December 21, 2005 – LAWFUEL- The Law News Network – Holland & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that 28 attorneys in the firm were recently elected to the partnership for 2006, according to Howell W. Melton, Jr., the firm’s managing partner. Two associates and one senior counsel from the firm’s Chicago office were elevated to partner status. They include:

Laura Derouin, a member of the firm’s Litigation Section, specializes in commercial litigation and fiduciary litigation under ERISA. She earned her B.S., cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991 and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995. (formerly Associate)

James Mueller, a member of the firm’s Real Estate Section, focuses his practice on the handling of construction, commercial, products liability, eminent domain and zoning related litigation, with a special emphasis on disputes involving units of government. He received his B.A. in 1990 and his J.D., magna cum laude, in 1994 from the University of Illinois. (formerly Associate)

Carole Laude Pechi, a member of the firm’s Real Estate Section, practices general real estate law with a focus on retail landlords, tenants and developers in leasing and development matters. She received her B.A. in 1984 from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law in 1990. (formerly Senior Counsel)

About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,250 lawyers in 26 U.S. offices. Other offices around the world are located in Mexico City, Tokyo and Beijing, with representative offices in Helsinki, Caracas and Tel Aviv. Holland & Knight is among the world’s 15 largest firms, providing representation in litigation, business, governmental law, real estate and private-wealth services. Our interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams ensure clients have access to attorneys with the best expertise, regardless of location. www.hklaw.com

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