Tom Barbuti Elected to American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Date: June 26, 2002

Whiteford Taylor & Preston L.L.P. is pleased to announce that Thomas C. Barbuti has been elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).

ACREL is a highly regarded organization of approximately 850 lawyers selected from the many thousands of lawyers nationwide who specialize in real estate law. Membership in ACREL is by invitation only. Prospective members are elected by the membership at large only after nomination is initiated by existing College members. Nomination is based on an outstanding professional reputation and demonstrated ability in the field of real estate law. It is also based on at least 10 years of substantial experience in real estate law and substantial contributions to the improvement of real estate law and practice, and creating a more informed bar and public in these matters, through writing, teaching, bar or legislative activities or other public service.

Mr. Barbuti is Chair of the firm's Real Estate Section and has over 27 years' experience. He counsels numerous clients, providing advice with regard to all aspects of complex commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, development, financing, leasing and sales of residential subdivisions, multi-family shopping centers, industrial parks and office buildings. Mr. Barbuti is a frequent author and lecturer on real estate topics for the American Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Barbuti received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Maryland.