(WASHINGTON, D.C.) September 20, 2006 – LAWFUEL – Law News Network…

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) September 20, 2006 – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – DLA Piper US LLP today announced that Jeffrey R. Keitelman, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice, and Richard J. Marks, a partner in the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice, have been named among Top Washington Lawyers for 2006 by the Washington Business Journal. In addition, Charles B. Wayne, a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice, was cited as a finalist.

The “Top Washington Lawyers” awards honor D.C.-area lawyers in fourteen categories. The editors of the Washington Business Journal select a single winner in each category. Keitelman won the paper’s top real estate transactions lawyer award, Marks won a 2006 “Young Gun” award, and Wayne was a corporate litigation finalist.

A reception honoring the finalists and announcing the winners in each category took place September 14 in Washington, D.C.

“It comes as no surprise to us that the Washington Business Journal has cited these outstanding partners,” said Ann Ford, managing partner of the firm’s Washington office. “We are delighted that these attorneys have been recognized for their superb work, their achievements as lawyers, and their dedication to our clients.”

About the Top Lawyers

Jeffrey R. Keitelman, practices in all areas of commercial real estate law. He represents local, national, and international owners, users, lenders, managers, and brokers in acquisition/disposition, leasing, development, financing, property management, and related matters involving urban office buildings, suburban office and industrial parks, shopping centers, headquarters facilities, and mixed-use developments. He also has experience with counseling clients in connection with real estate-related litigation and bankruptcy matters, as well as with public/private partnership and government-related transactions. Keitelman also heads the firm’s Government Real Estate team.

Keitelman represents Fortune 500 companies, pension fund investors, REITs, life insurance companies, financial institutions, asset advisors, law firms, developers, nonprofit and educational institutions, trade associations, and numerous other clients in sophisticated commercial real estate transactions. He has been the lead lawyer on many of the largest and most high profile transactions in the Washington, D.C. area.

Based on peer and client reviews, Keitelman has been selected as a leading lawyer in PLC’s most recent edition of the Global Counsel Handbook of Corporate Real Estate. He is also is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, An International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers, and in the Marquis Who’s Who in America.

In 1989, Keitelman founded Greater DC Cares, the leading coordinator of volunteerism and corporate philanthropy in the greater D.C. area.

Richard J. Marks is head of the corporate and securities practice for DLA Piper’s Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia offices, and sits on the Pro Bono committee. Marks represents companies, investors and lenders with international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, financings and corporate franchise transactions. He works with private equity funds and institutional investors and lenders in the purchase, sale, and financing of their portfolio companies and represents public and private companies in their operations, acquisitions and divestitures. Marks has broad experience with public/private and private/private mergers and acquisitions, first and second lien debt financings, mezzanine financings, common and preferred stock investments, franchise and licensing and general corporate matters.

In 2003, Marks received the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Award, in recognition of the prominent role he played in a long-term project that successfully shut down a Louisiana juvenile prison that had been subject of a US DOJ investigation. In 2005, Marks helped a Louisiana nonprofit begin its work to turn the physical facility of the former prison into an educational center.

Charles B. Wayne has a wide-ranging trial and appellate practice that includes both civil and white collar criminal matters. In his civil practice he has litigated many types of business disputes, including cases involving ERISA, RICO, securities fraud and other fraud-based claims; employment and employment discrimination; and products liability. He also has significant experience in the area of professional liability, particularly in matters involving allegations of legal or accounting malpractice.

In his criminal practice, Wayne has represented clients charged with or under investigation for violations of a variety of federal and other statutes and regulations. These matters include securities fraud, RICO, mail and wire fraud, public corruption, money laundering, export regulations and contempt. He has conducted internal corporate investigations and has litigated a number of issues relating to the federal sentencing guidelines.

Wayne has also taught various programs sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

About DLA Piper (www.dlapiper.com)

DLA Piper has 3,200 lawyers and 61 offices in 23 countries throughout the U.S., U.K., Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia. It has leading practices in commercial, corporate and finance, human resources, litigation, real estate, regulatory and legislative, and technology, media and communications.

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