United States: Duane Morris Opens Baltimore Office
Last Updated: December 20 2006

BALTIMORE, December 19, 2006 - Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that it has opened an office in Baltimore, welcoming four attorneys formerly of DLA Piper. The new partners will join the firm as members of the Corporate Practice Group.

The Baltimore office enhances Duane Morris' presence in the Washington-Maryland corridor, with the firm better able to serve clients not only in Washington and Baltimore, but also in Reston, Virginia, and Columbia, Maryland. The partners are Jay Gordon Cohen, Keli B. Isaacson and George J. Nemphos, and Wilbert H. Sirota will serve as chair of the Baltimore office. The four represent clients in a broad array of industries, including technology, information services, telecommunications, financial services and electronics, as well as venture capital and private equity funds. They bring with them substantial experience in venture capital, private equity, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as general corporate and securities law matters, including experience representing private and public companies both generally and in connection with securities offerings.

"Our strategic expansion into this important geographic area enhances our ability to serve clients in the Mid-Atlantic," Duane Morris Chairman Sheldon Bonovitz said. "We look forward to working with our new colleagues to provide services in this important market."

Jay Gordon Cohen focuses his practice in the areas of venture capital and private equity investments, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, start-up company financing, and representation of public and private companies. He earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School, where he graduated with honors in 1986 and served as a member of the Law Review from 1984-1986. Jay graduated magna cum laude in 1981 from the State University of New York at Albany.

Keli Isaacson practices in the areas of finance, corporate and securities law, including private and public debt and equity offerings, venture capital transactions, and serves as outside counsel to a number of private and public companies. In 2005, Keli was named by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of its "40 Under 40" outstanding business leaders of the Greater Baltimore community. In 1997, she earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she graduated with honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif, and, in 1993, she earned her B.A. from Goucher College, where she graduated with distinction, earning a dual degree in English literature (with honors) and political science.

George Nemphos, who will be the managing partner of the Baltimore office, focuses his work on angel and venture financing, public offerings of securities, strategic investments, debt financing, mergers and acquisitions of both public and private companies, securities law compliance, and general corporate counseling and representation. He represents companies in traditional industries and high-tech industries, as well as venture capital and private equity funds. He earned his LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, in 1995, and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore in 1994, where he graduated magna cum laude and received the AmJur Award for Corporate Law and for Securities Regulation. He earned his B.S. from Boston University in 1991. George is a recent graduate of the GBC Leadership Program.

Wilbert Sirota, who will chair the Baltimore office, focuses his work on transactions involving venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, and general corporation and tax law. He has served as outside general counsel to both public and private companies, based in traditional areas of service and products, as well as high technology and healthcare. Wil has worked on numerous types of transactions, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and creative financing structures. He earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland in 1961 and served as a member of the Law Review from 1959-1961, and his LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University in 1964. Wil graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in 1958.

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP, among the 100 largest law firms in the world, is a full-service firm of more than 600 lawyers. In addition to legal services, Duane Morris has independent affiliates employing approximately 100 professionals engaged in other disciplines. With offices in major markets, and as part of an international network of independent law firms, Duane Morris represents clients across the United States and around the world.

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