JACKSONVILLE, December 13, 2004 – Holland & Knight LLP continues to ex…

JACKSONVILLE, December 13, 2004 – Holland & Knight LLP continues to expand its
Litigation practice, announcing today that Michael A. Abel has joined the firm as
a partner in the Jacksonville, Fla. office.

Abel brings considerable experience in complex litigation matters, including
resolution of major liability claims; commercial litigation and disputes arising
out of contractual relationships; high-visibility or high-value personal injury
and wrongful death claims (including punitive damage claims); mass tort
litigation, especially large-scale class action suits, toxic tort suits and
environmental litigation; and governmental investigations, including allegations
of fraud or crimes. He also will be working closely with the Transportation team
to serve the firms transportation clients.

“Mikes breadth and depth of litigation experience will greatly enhance our
ability to provide our clients with the highest level of insight and advice,”
said Lawrence Hamilton, Holland & Knights North Florida Litigation Practice
Group Leader.” His service as in-house counsel to two public companies brings
a unique perspective to the firm. We look forward to integrating his expertise
with the talents of our other top-notch lawyers.”

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Abel served as vice president and assistant
general counsel with Pacer International, Inc., following his tenure as general
counsel-litigation for CSX Transportation.

Abel is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle
District of Florida, United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Virginia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh and Fourth
Circuits. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association and the Virginia State
Bar. Abel earned his bachelor> ‘> s degree with distinction at the University of
Virginia in 1988, and received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of
Law in 1991.

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