SOURCE: Brown, Winfield & Canzoneri

August 23, 2005 23:00 ET

LAUSD's Penny Pittman Cobey Returns to Private Sector at Brown, Winfield & Canzoneri

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 23, 2005 -- Brown, Winfield & Canzoneri, Incorporated ("BWC") announced today that Penny Pittman Cobey has moved from Associate General Counsel at the Los Angeles Unified School District to join BWC as Senior Counsel. Ms. Cobey originally moved to Los Angeles from Boston, Massachusetts, in 1998 to join the J. Paul Getty Trust, where she oversaw, among other duties, the $200 million renovation of The Getty Villa. In 2002, she joined the School District, where she worked with outside developers on redeveloping and constructing large, complex projects. A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Ms. Cobey began her career, and became a partner, at Boston's Hill & Barlow, where she practiced for 14 years.

"I wanted to go back to the law firm environment, where I could continue my construction and land use practice. BWC's large and active real estate department presented an immediate fit between my expertise and their needs," Ms. Cobey said. "I'm happy to be here, working on major development projects with such a highly capable group of attorneys."

"Penny comes to us at a perfect time. BWC is deeply involved in the growth of the Southern California real estate market. We appreciate and will immediately apply Penny's experience and ability to work on issues involving land use, entitlements, housing, mixed-use and adaptive re-use," Dennis Roy, BWC's Real Estate Department Chair, said. "Penny also shares our enthusiasm about the work we do, which is beneficial both to the firm and our clients."

"Penny's impressive resume includes legal work on some of the biggest real estate projects in the country, including The Getty Villa, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, and dozens of buildings for LAUSD. We're fortunate to have her," Steve Abram, BWC Managing Officer, said. "BWC's real estate transactional department has grown from 10 attorneys at the beginning of the year to 15 -- the same size as those of firms with hundreds of attorneys -- and we are still actively searching for more top candidates. We continue to move forward with our growth strategy to target and attract great lawyers who practice at the highest level and are equipped to serve our sophisticated clientele."

Ms. Cobey graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1984; she received her Ph.D., 1979, A.M., 1975 from Harvard University in English and American literature. Her dissertation was published as "In Another Country: Three Poets of the Second World War" (Garland, 1986). Ms. Cobey graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati, B.A., 1972, Phi Beta Kappa (English literature). Ms. Cobey is also a member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, where she served on the Governing Committee, is a frequent guest speaker and most recently presented a paper on architectural agreements at the 2003 annual meeting. She is also a frequent speaker to museum groups and recently addressed attendees at the 2003 ALI-ABA meeting on the financial crisis confronting museums.

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For over 30 years, Brown, Winfield & Canzoneri, Incorporated, located in Downtown Los Angeles, has combined exceptional legal expertise and service with insight and understanding of its clients' business goals. BWC's no-nonsense philosophy has enabled it to maintain long-standing relationships with real estate developers, investors, lenders and local government agencies seeking real world solutions with a focus on the bottom line. The company's strategic, solution-oriented approach focuses on optimizing outcome and minimizing cost. More information can be obtained by visiting the company's website at

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