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Schiff Hardin LLP Adds Leading Corporate and Securities Attorneys with Significant China Practice

March 6, 2013

Schiff Hardin LLP welcomes three distinguished new partners to the firm's Corporate and Securities Group from Cozen O'Connor in Washington and Philadelphia: Ralph V. De Martino (Washington), F. Alec Orudjev (Washington) and Cavas S. Pavri (Philadelphia). While at Cozen O'Connor, Mr. De Martino served as Chair of the Global Securities Practice Group. All three partners are based in Schiff Hardin's Washington office, but Mr. Pavri will practice primarily in Philadelphia.

"Schiff Hardin enjoys an outstanding reputation in our key practice areas: corporate finance, and securities regulation, enforcement and litigation. We believe that we will enhance Schiff Hardin's capabilities in each of those areas and that Schiff Hardin will enhance our existing practice. We are enthused about this opportunity to practice with an exceptionally talented group of attorneys with a rich history and wide-reaching client base that complements our own," said Mr. De Martino.

Mr. De Martino added, "We act as partners and advocates on behalf of our clients as they do business in the U.S. and around the world. The approach that we bring to our practice aligns beautifully with Schiff Hardin’s culture and approach to the practice of law."

Messrs. De Martino, Orudjev and Pavri have particular experience providing Chinese clients with sophisticated counsel on transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. They have represented Chinese clients from a wide range of industries, including agriculture, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electronics, manufacturing, energy, transportation and digital media.

"Ralph, Alec and Cavas are exceptional attorneys with a range of valuable experience in corporate and securities matters and litigation on behalf of both public and private companies, both in the U.S. and abroad. Their combined talents and orientation toward exceptional client service are well aligned with Schiff Hardin's values. They enhance both the service we provide to corporate clients and our presence in Washington," said Stephen J. Dragich, leader of Schiff Hardin's Corporate and Securities Group.

The additions of Messrs. De Martino, Orudjev and Pavri reflect Schiff Hardin's continuing national expansion across offices and practice groups. Since Jan. 1, 2013, roughly 25 lateral attorneys have joined Schiff Hardin's Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington offices in the Corporate and Securities Group, Energy Group, Environmental Group, Intellectual Property Group, Labor and Employment Group, Litigation Group and Tax Group.