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Mayer Brown Partner Is New Addition to Regulatory Litigation Group

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(September 15, 2008, Chicago, IL) – LawFuel Legal Announcements – Reed Smith LLP, one of the 15 largest law firms in the world, today announced the addition of Diane Green-Kelly as a partner in its Regulatory Litigation Group. She will be resident in the firm’s Chicago office, effective immediately.

Ms. Green-Kelly was formerly a partner in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown.

“Diane is a well-established and highly regarded commercial litigator,” said James P. Gallatin, Jr., head of Reed Smith’s Regulatory Litigation Group. “As a top-ranked antitrust professional, she adds a Chicago dimension to our already strong antitrust group firmwide, while her deep experience in franchise and distribution law helps us on both the litigation and corporate sides of our practice. In addition, Diane’s robust escheatment practice represents opportunities for growing Reed Smith’s existing state tax practice, and our state tax practice will definitely provide new opportunities for her to expand in this area as well.”

In the antitrust arena, Ms. Green-Kelly delivers antitrust consultation and litigation services for a wide range of matters, including private class actions, government actions, and antitrust compliance programs. Her representations have generated numerous published opinions on a variety of antitrust issues, including relevant market definition and antitrust injury. She has been named an “Illinois Super Lawyer in Antitrust Litigation” each year since 2006

In the franchise law arena, she represents franchisors and franchisee associations in civil litigation, arbitrations and consultation matters. She has written numerous articles and made presentations on franchise and distribution law, is an Associate Editor of The Franchise Law Journal; and has been listed in “Who’s Who Legal in Franchise Law.”

When it comes to escheatment, Ms. Green-Kelly advises clients on escheatment law, including representing clients in state audits of unclaimed property and in negotiations and/or litigation arising from state audits. She has written articles and made presentations on unclaimed property laws, and has advised clients on the impact of such laws on related areas such as gift card and gift certificate programs.

“I was attracted to Reed Smith by its culture, collegiality, management and team approach to client service,” said Ms. Green-Kelly. “I consider this an exceptional opportunity for me to expand my practice in an entrepreneurial environment where people are excited about and embrace new ideas.”

For more than 15 years prior to joining Mayer Brown in 1993, Ms. Green-Kelly, who is a Certified Public Accountant, served in both the tax and audit departments of large national and regional CPA firms. She began her professional life as a CPA with the Chicago Board of Trade’s Office of Investigations and Audits. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Green-Kelly has drawn from her significant financial, tax and business knowledge and experience to develop successful litigation strategies in all types of litigation, particularly in antitrust litigation where economic and damage issues are complex and may require creativity. The combination of her prior experience as a CPA and tax professional and her litigation capabilities distinguishes her in consultation and defense representations in the escheatment area.

“Diane is a very strong addition to our Chicago office,” said Michael LoVallo, Reed Smith’s Chicago Managing Partner. “She is well-positioned to provide significant services to clients in her areas of practice here in Chicago and nationwide. We are delighted to welcome her to our ranks.”

A 1993 magna cum laude graduate of John Marshall Law School, Ms. Green-Kelly is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell (2008). She obtained her CPA in 1976, after graduating from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a degree in accounting in 1975. She subsequently earned a Masters degree in Taxation from DePaul University in 1978.

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