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Morris DeFeo Joins Crowell & Moring's Washington, DC Office

Corporate Finance and Securities Partner to Bolster Growing Practice Group >

Washington, D.C. – September 12, 2005: Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce the addition of partner Morris F. DeFeo, Jr., to the firm's expanding Corporate Group. Based in the Washington, DC office, DeFeo has over 20 years experience practicing corporate and securities law, most recently as managing principal of Miles & Stockbridge's Northern Virginia office. DeFeo is also the former executive vice president for corporate and international transactions of a Nasdaq-listed technology company. The addition of DeFeo will be the eleventh new lateral hire within the last three years for the group, which consists of 27 attorneys in Washington, DC, California, Brussels, and London.

James R. Stuart, chair of Crowell & Moring's Corporate Group, said, “Our Corporate Group has grown over the past few years in large part due to attracting lawyers who genuinely want to be part of building a team and are looking for a practice group that uses the strengths of the entire firm to better serve clients. More than 150 clients of the Corporate Group's most recent clients have worked with multiple practices within the firm because we have a culture that truly relies on teamwork.”

DeFeo's expertise encompasses all facets of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and securities transactions. He represents clients in connection with public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, including initial public offerings and shelf-registered offerings, Rule 144A high yield debt offerings, international joint ventures, mergers, asset and stock acquisitions and dispositions, exchange and NASDAQ listings and compliance with the registration, proxy solicitation, and periodic reporting requirements of the U.S. securities laws.

DeFeo also offers unique experience to companies with ties to Asia and has led efforts to form strategic relationships in the region. He was a visiting attorney in the law firm of Yuasa and Hara in Tokyo, Japan, and was appointed by the Governor of Virginia as a member of the Virginia Delegation to the 27th and 28th Annual Joint Meetings of the Japan-USSE Association & SEUS/Japan Association. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Crowell & Moring LLP is a full-service law firm with approximately 300 attorneys practicing in litigation, antitrust, government contracts, corporate, intellectual property and more than 40 other practice areas. More than two-thirds of the firm's attorneys regularly litigate disputes on behalf of international corporations, start-up businesses, and individuals. Crowell & Moring's extensive client work ranges from advising on one of the world's largest telecommunications mergers to founding the nation's leading victims of terrorism practice. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm has offices in Brussels, California and London.