United States: High Profile Business Practitioner Chooses Pillsbury Winthrop’s Northern Virginia Office To Expand Practice
Last Updated: May 20 2004

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA – Jay M. Tannon, former Corporate Partner Executive Committee member and Chair of the International Transactions and Government Relations practices at Frost Brown Todd LLC, has joined Pillsbury Winthrop’s Northern Virginia office as a partner. Tannon is a leading corporate practitioner and has counseled U.S., Canadian, Australian, European, and other domestic and international businesses, both public and private, on acquisitions, joint ventures, direct investments, product distribution and licensing arrangements. He has also served as general business counsel to many companies based outside the United States.

Tannon will be a member of Pillsbury Winthrop’s corporate and securities, international trade and private equity practice sections and will help lead the firm’s business practice in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Tannon will also serve on the offices’ management committee.

"Jay has a broad business profile nationally and internationally. He is highly recognized in his practice areas, with strong ties to many companies, venture capital firms and private equity groups in the U.S. and abroad," according to Tom Flaherty, managing partner of the firm's Northern Virginia office. "Our clients will benefit greatly from Jay’s transactional experience and we believe that he will quickly become a leading advisor to the business community in this region."

Tannon’s experience includes the acquisition by one of the world's largest transportation companies of air cargo operations in 14 Latin American countries, the acquisition by a TSE-listed company of a NASDAQ-listed winery, and more than 100 other acquisitions and dispositions of various private and public companies.

"I am excited about the national and global positioning of Pillsbury Winthrop, and I am especially drawn to the client team program in place at the firm" says Tannon. "The Northern Virginia/Washington, DC region abounds with opportunity and offers the perfect platform."

Tannon is a three-term chair of the Kentucky World Trade Center, a member of the Services Advisory Committee for the U.S. Trade Representative, and immediate past Chair of the U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council for Kentucky. He is also active in numerous other civic, professional and philanthropic organizations and recently helped launch a new U.S.-China commercial mediation service. Tannon is widely published on issues relating to U.S. and international trade and transactional matters.

"Jay will make an excellent addition to our national Corporate and Securities practice, and we are looking forward to exploring the many cross-office business opportunities his arrival signals," says Gregg Vignos, co-chair of the firm's Corporate & Securities Practice Section

Tannon received a J.D. from the University of Virginia, an MBA from the University of Louisville, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina. He has participated in academic programs at Harvard University, Georgetown University, and the University of Toronto.

Together, Pillsbury Winthrop’s Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. offices have over 80 lawyers in the region, focusing on intellectual property, international trade, corporate transactions and project finance, antitrust, litigation, aviation, government contracts, employment and labor, space law and the travel industry. Attorneys in Pillsbury Winthrop's Northern Virginia office provide experience in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including both patent and trademark litigation, prosecution and counseling and the exclusive rights associated with all aspects of the Internet, new media, biotech and other technology markets. The firm’s Northern Virginia office also represents local and national employers in all aspects of employment and labor law.

Pillsbury Winthrop is an international law firm with core practice areas in: litigation, technology, energy, capital markets and finance, and intellectual property. The firm has 16 offices and over 700 attorneys worldwide.

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