United States: Duane Morris Sets Sail with Its Chicago Office Expansion
Last Updated: December 20 2006

CHICAGO, December 19, 2006 - Duane Morris LLP proudly announces the substantial expansion of its lawyer strength in Chicago with the addition of nine experienced attorneys. The firm's office in the Second City has grown in the practice areas of Health Law, Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring, Corporate, Real Estate, Trial and Employment and Immigration.

These new lawyers join Duane Morris from Baker & McKenzie, Jenkens & Gilchrist, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLC, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP, Quarles & Brady LLP, and from the Illinois State Government's Department of Health. Their addition enhances the firm's and office's ability to serve the Chicago business community.

"Our office expansion this year improves our strength and diversity," said David B. Yelin, managing partner of the Chicago office and a leader of its Real Estate Practice Group. "Strength through increased lawyers and diversity through their experiences and knowledge in their area of practice."

The Chicago office added three new partners this year. Patricia S. Hofstra, Charles B. Lewis and John R. Weiss are contributing their knowledge and experience in three different areas of practice.

Patricia Hofstra, partner in the Health Law Practice Group, advises healthcare professionals and healthcare companies in corporate, regulatory and litigation matters.

Charles Lewis, partner in the Trial Practice Group, concentrates his practice in the area of construction law and litigation. He represents clients in matters involving contract drafting, contract negotiation, breach of contract claims, and other construction matters.

John Weiss, partner in the Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Practice Group, focuses his practice on corporate restructurings and recapitalizations, loan defaults, workouts and bankruptcies.

Special Counsels Thomas G. Dent, in the Trial Practice Group, and Jennifer Long, in the Employment and Immigration Practice Group, also joined the Chicago office in 2006. Later in 2006, the firm welcomed four experienced associates: Mark J. Silberman, in the Health Law Practice Group, Nicholas O. Isaacson, in the Corporate Practice Group, Jennifer C. Escalante, in the Real Estate Practice Group, and Jeffrey L. Hamera, in the Trial Practice Group. Silberman is noted for his public sector experience, serving as acting general counsel for the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board and the deputy chief counsel for litigation and enforcement at the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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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