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WASHINGTON — October 19, 2009 — Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP (“SRZ”) is pleased to announce the addition of five leading securities litigators to the Washington, D.C., office. Joining the firm as partners are Richard J. Morvillo, Peter H. White, and Pat S. Conti, and, as special counsel, Jeffrey F. Robertson and William M. Mann. The group’s arrival from Mayer Brown LLP comes 15 months after SRZ opened its D.C. office with another prominent D.C.-based securities litigation group led by well-known securities lawyer, Howard Schiffman. The combination of these two D.C. groups, along with the firm’s securities litigation practice in New York, vaults SRZ to the highest ranks of national SEC and white-collar crime litigation practices. The new attorneys, all of whom have active and extensive litigation, white-collar crime, and enforcement practices, bring further depth and breadth of expertise to the firm’s 100-person litigation practice. In addition, Mr. Morvillo and Mr. Conti have both served as Branch Chiefs in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Mr. White served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for both the Eastern District of Virginia and the District of Columbia.
“We are very excited to welcome these talented individuals to the firm,” said Jeffrey A. Lenobel, a member of the firm’s executive committee. “The building out of our ‘go-to’ litigation and enforcement practice has been a key strategy for the firm over the last five years with several notable attorneys joining the New York office and the opening of our office in Washington, D.C., last year.”
“Rich is one of the most gifted securities lawyers I know,” added Howard Schiffman, partner in the firm’s D.C. office. “I am very excited to work with him and this outstanding group of attorneys, whose reputations for representing clients in high-stakes investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by the SEC and other government agencies are unparalleled.”
Commenting on the move, Mr. Morvillo, who was the chair of his former firm’s securities enforcement practice, said of his new affiliation: “I’m greatly looking forward to working with the SRZ team and being a part of their continued growth. I believe our practice will be a strong complement to SRZ’s wealth of expertise and experience serving the financial services industry.”