PORTLAND, September 30, 2004 LAWFUEL – The largest group of trusts a…

PORTLAND, September 30, 2004 LAWFUEL – The largest group of trusts and estates lawyers in the United States adds another prominent attorney and Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) to its nationally known team. Christopher P. Cline joins Holland & Knight’s Portland office as a partner in the Private Wealth Services Section.

Cline brings extensive experience in the areas of estate planning and administration and charitable giving for high-net-worth individuals, with a particular emphasis on family business succession, retirement planning and representing trustees, both corporate and individual. He is included in the Best Lawyers in America list, widely regarded as the definitive legal referral guide in the United States.

“Chris is an outstanding lawyer and Fellow whose expertise will be a tremendous asset for our clients as we continue to expand our presence in the Pacific Northwest,” said Ed Koren, Private Wealth Services section leader. Cline is the firm’s 19th ACTEC Fellow; Holland & Knight has more ACTEC Fellows than any other law firm in the country.

Holland & Knight’s Private Wealth Services group of approximately 100 lawyers encompasses a diverse range of practices, including the development and administration of trust and estate plans, sophisticated dispute resolution techniques, a premier tax-exempt organizations practice and all matters related to family businesses. “The extensive scope of our practice, in addition to our large size and national platform, enables us to provide the expertise of a boutique with the resources and collective experience of the nation’s pre-eminent lawyers,” Koren said.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Cline was a partner with Lane Powell Spears Lubersky LLP, practicing in the Portland office. He is admitted to practice in Oregon and California, and is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude in English from San Francisco State University in 1987, and received his J.D. from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco in 1991.

About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a commercial law firm with more than 1,250 lawyers in 26 offices in the United States. 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. www.hklaw.com

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