PARIS, June 29, 2004 – LAWFUEL- Piper Rudnick LLP announced today th…

PARIS, June 29, 2004 – LAWFUEL- Piper Rudnick LLP announced today that it
is taking its first step overseas by opening a Paris office. The partners of
Cariddi, Mee, Rue will become partners of Piper Rudnick and will serve as the
Paris office of Piper Rudnick. They are currently partners of the U.S. law
firm Hogan and Hartson LLP and have represented Hogan and Hartson in Paris
since December 1995.

The Cariddi partners joining Piper Rudnick are led by Alan Cariddi and
include: Bruce C. Mee, Fabrice Rue, Christine Bougis, Bijan E. Eghbal and
Carol A.F. Umhoefer.

“We are very pleased to welcome this entire team to the firm,” said
Francis B. Burch, Jr., and Lee I. Miller, co-chairmen. “This move was driven
by the expanding needs of our clients. Many of our clients are very active in
Europe and in France in particular, and an office of this quality in Paris
will enable us to serve them better. This presents an excellent opportunity
to take the first step in expanding our firm into the international arena.”

Mr. Cariddi commented, “We have long been familiar with the firm’s
leadership and are drawn to its strategic vision of global expansion. The
firm’s recent history within the U.S. demonstrates that Piper Rudnick is a
firm that acts with focus, intelligence, and determination to execute its

“The firm’s core strengths in litigation, real estate, corporate, and
government affairs complement and reinforce the strengths of our practices and
offer us very attractive opportunities to expand the service we offer our

About Cariddi, Mee, Rue
The firm is composed of experienced French and American attorneys who are
fully integrated members of the French and European legal communities. Their
practice is focused in particular on the areas of corporate law, including
mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic investments; tax; banking
and finance; French and European commercial law; intellectual property,
including Internet technologies; labor and employment; arbitration and
litigation; and estate law.

About Piper Rudnick LLP

Piper Rudnick is a business law firm of about 975 lawyers with offices in
Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Edison, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York,
Philadelphia, Reston, San Francisco, Tampa, and Washington.

In 2004, Chambers USA named 40 of the firm’s lawyers (up from 28 in 2003)
among America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, including two who received the
rare “Exceptional” rating and one “Senior Statesman,” particularly in the
areas of real estate, corporate, litigation, and labor and employment.

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