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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Alschuler Deal Boosts Bingham’s L.A. Office by 40 Lawyers for a Total of 350 in California, Nearly 1,000 Worldwide

LOS ANGELES (May 1, 2007) – Bingham McCutchen LLP will add 40 lawyers in Los Angeles through a combination announced today with Alschuler Grossman LLP, a firm with a national reputation for handling high-stakes, high-profile litigation and deep roots in Los Angeles.

“With the addition of Alschuler, Bingham has significantly expanded its litigation strength in Southern California to match our unparalleled corporate, private-equity and environmental talent,” said Chairman Jay S. Zimmerman, noting that both firms’ clients with connections to California, the world’s seventh largest economy, would benefit from the combination. “Alschuler joining Bingham reflects our commitment to growing strategically in key financial markets to accommodate client needs locally, nationally and globally.”

In addition to its strong litigation practice, Alschuler does real estate, real-estate finance, mergers, acquisitions, securities and intellectual property work, which complements other Bingham practices.

Alschuler’s clients include an impressive array of domestic and multinational Fortune 500 companies, and major international accounting, law and insurance companies.

Marshall B. Grossman said “Bingham has brought together California’s ‘A Team’ in litigation, transactional work and intellectual property through its prior successful combinations.”

Founded in 1952, Alschuler Grossman LLP is a leading litigation firm in Southern California, known for achieving outstanding results in significant “bet-the-company” cases. The firm has a well-earned national reputation for having outstanding commercial litigators, with extensive trial experience.

Alschuler has received national attention for its representation in accountants’ liability and securities class actions, major contract disputes and complex business litigation. Alschuler’s clients include Blockbuster, Grupo Televisa, AIG, CNA, Washington Mutual, CB Richard Ellis, Grant Thornton, and BDO Seidman.

In 1999, an Alschuler litigation team, led by Grossman, obtained a defense jury verdict for Arthur Andersen LLP in a $1.3 billion class action securities lawsuit filed in Arizona state court. Currently, it represents Grupo Televisa in its corporate and litigation battles with Univision and is defending Blockbuster in patent infringement litigation filed by Netflix.

Bingham’s clients include Oracle, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank AG NY, Intel Corporation, Legg Mason Partners Fund, Boston Scientific, Prudential Financial, Wells Fargo Bank and Morgan Stanley.

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