SOURCE: O'Melveny & Myers LLP

October 19, 2005 12:45 ET

Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce Ted Kassinger to Join O'Melveny & Myers' Washington, D.C. Office

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 19, 2005 -- O'Melveny & Myers LLP announced today that Theodore W. Kassinger, who until recently served as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Commerce, has joined the firm as a partner in its Adversarial Department and will reside in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Kassinger will co-chair the firm's Global Trade practice and will be a member of the firm's Strategic Counseling practice.

With the addition of Kassinger, O'Melveny & Myers further solidifies its prominence as international advocacy and business counsel and strengthens the firm's ability to advise clients in an increasingly complex global regulatory environment on a host of critical matters. These would include international trade and investment regulation, policy advocacy, dispute resolution, compliance with export control and economic sanctions regimes, telecommunications, intellectual property, environmental matters, and global compliance and enforcement in the post-Sarbanes-Oxley environment.

Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr., Chair of O'Melveny & Myers, said, "Ted Kassinger's joining O'Melveny & Myers adds to our ranks yet another internationally recognized practicing lawyer and thought leader. Ted joins a group of highly regarded O'Melveny partners who bring to bear extraordinary experience in both the public and private sectors in the service of our clients."

Culvahouse continued, "Throughout his long and distinguished career, Ted has provided strategic counseling and expert legal advice at the highest levels of our profession. We are excited that his extraordinary expertise, judgment and leadership will be available to our clients and to the firm."

"We are delighted and honored that Ted Kassinger has joined O'Melveny & Myers," said Grey Bryan, chair of the firm's International practice and co-chair of the firm's Global Trade practice. Bryan continued, "We expect that Ted will accelerate even further the substantial growth of our international trade and regulatory practices in Washington, D.C., Asia and Europe. Ted brings substantial experience in the areas of trade and investment regulation, trade remedy litigation, economic policy formulation, export controls and economic sanctions as well as in advising clients concerning international disputes before private arbitral bodies and public institutions such as the WTO and NAFTA."

About his decision to join O'Melveny & Myers, Kassinger said, "O'Melveny & Myers is a leader in many areas of the law and has a well-developed plan for growing the practice and serving clients in an increasingly global market. I am very excited about playing a significant role in building on O'Melveny's substantial platform in the United States as well as its rapidly growing European and Asian practices."

About Ted Kassinger

Kassinger served until April 30, 2005, as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was nominated to that position by President George W. Bush in February 2004 and appointed in July 2004. From early 2001 until taking over as Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Kassinger served as General Counsel of the Department of Commerce. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, he was a partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Washington, D.C. Before practicing with Vinson & Elkins, Kassinger served as International Trade Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and was an attorney with both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. International Trade Commission.

He received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, School of Environmental Design. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Georgia Bars.

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