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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

published February 09, 2011

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With approximately 425 attorney and offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, and Washington D.C, the firm has the manpower and ability to resolve challenging legal issues in a multitude of industries. The firm also has locations in Sacramento, CA and London. The firm was founded in 1924 with a focus in the tax field but now has major practice areas in corporate, energy, environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate.

The corporate division of Sutherland has over 80 corporate lawyers who represent and work with public and private companies and buyers as well as lenders and borrowers. Corporate finance transactions, securities law, mergers, acquisitions, and commercial affairs are just a few of the areas that Sutherland's corporate lawyers offer services in.

Through its energy and environmental practices, Sutherland has spearheaded many of the unfolding regulatory matters concerning the energy industry. Attorneys in this practice area are also involved in transactional, finance, and litigation practice.

The financial services division primarily handles matters concerning insurance products, broker-dealer mutual funds, securities enforcement, and litigation. Many of the lawyers within this department have worked within the federal government in regulatory agencies including the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Intellectual property attorneys within Sutherland serve companies of all sizes in matters including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition. Many of Sutherland's lawyers have advanced degrees in chemical engineering, chemistry, computer engineering, medicine, and other scientific fields of study. These lawyers also manage cases involving IP matters within industries such as pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and biotechnology.

Attorneys within the firm's litigation area of practice typically work in general commercial and civil litigation, education, healthcare, international trade, and white-collar crime, among other areas.

Sutherland's real estate practice has a presence in all major real estate markets on a national level. The main areas of focus for Sutherland's real estate attorneys include acquisition and development, real estate finance, equity formation, commercial leasing, and foreclosure.

The tax division within Sutherland provides counsel to some of the world's leading corporations, partnerships, tax-exempt organizations, trust estates, and others. Sutherland's tax attorneys have experience in most areas of taxation.

Sutherland provides employees with health insurance and wellness benefits, such as an on-site chair massage, Weight Watchers at Work, and an Employee Assistance Program. Employees are granted four weeks of paid vacation, eight paid holidays, personal days, and an in-house training program. An additional perk is the firm's business casual dress code.

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