Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Announces Management Changes

Date: May 9, 2008

Baltimore - As it celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP is delighted to announce its new leadership team.

Having completed four terms as Managing Partner, Albert J. Mezzanotte, Jr. will serve one more year as the Firm's Managing Partner and transition those duties to Martin T. Fletcher. Mr. Fletcher is a present member of the firm's Management Committee and after serving a one year term as Managing Partner Elect will then commence a three year term as Managing Partner.

Mr. Mezzanotte commented, "Leading the firm these past eight years has been a wonderful experience, but I have been looking forward to returning to the full time practice of law for some time. I can do so now, because I am confident in Marty's ability to assume the role of Managing Partner for the firm." Mr. Fletcher commented, "WTP has accomplished so much over the past 75 years; it owes a great debt of gratitude to Al and the leaders before him who made that success possible. I am excited about the opportunities before us. With over 150 attorneys in offices in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia, we are providing an ever widening array of legal services to businesses, institutions and individuals not just regionally or nationally but around the World."

In addition to Messrs. Fletcher and Mezzanotte, the partners also re-elected Julianne Dymowski as a member of the firm's Management Committee, Frank Jones as Chair of the Business Department, Bill Ryan as Chair of the Litigation Department, Scott Barhight as Managing Partner of the Towson Office, and Drew Terrell as Managing Partner of the Washington Office.

Finally, the partners also elected four new members of the firm's executive committee. They are Mary Claire Chesshire, Gardner M. Duvall, George S. Lawler, and Joseph J. Mezzanotte.

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