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Morgan Lewis Enhances Global Litigation Practice with Addition of High-Profile Partners

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    03/14/2005

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Group from Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP Excels in Fast Growing Class Action and White Collar Areas

PHILADELPHIA (March 11, 2005) – Morgan Lewis announced today the addition of three litigation partners from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP including the former chair of Drinker’s white collar/corporate investigations practice. The additions further enhance Morgan Lewis’ widely recognized practices in two rapidly growing areas: white collar criminal defense-corporate investigations, and corporate class actions.

The new Morgan Lewis partners include two former federal prosecutors, Michael J. Holston, the former practice chair, and a nationally recognized authority on class action litigation, and Lisa Chanow Dykstra. Holston and Dykstra have worked together on a wide variety of corporate white collar and corporate investigations matters. In addition, John F. Schultz joins Morgan Lewis. His practice includes handling a broad spectrum of commercial class action litigation, as well as product liability and numerous ERISA matters.

The team of Holston and Schultz are an ideal fit within the firm’s national class action practice, which includes products liability, ERISA, securities, consumer fraud and antitrust class actions. Holston and Dykstra will join Morgan Lewis’ multi-jurisdictional white collar crime and corporate investigations practice, which includes more than two dozen former prosecutors and government enforcement attorneys, including recent additions Leslie R. Caldwell, the former director of the federal government’s Enron Task Force, and John H. Hemann, who worked with Caldwell on the Enron prosecution.

Prior to joining Drinker, Holston served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1990 through 1993. He recently handled high-profile products liability and consumer fraud class action lawsuits for global technology and pharmaceutical companies. He is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law, and received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame.

Dykstra is a former assistant U.S. attorney in the District of New Jersey. Working alongside Holston while in private practice, she has concentrated on white collar criminal defense, criminal and civil government investigations, consumer fraud and class action litigation. She has extensive experience representing pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers in government investigations and related litigation. She is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree from New York University.

Schultz’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. Teaming with Holston, Schultz has concentrated his practice in representing Fortune 50 global technology companies in consumer class action lawsuits pending around the country. He also represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies in various product liability actions. Recognized as an authority on ERISA matters, he has successfully represented healthcare insurers, universities, hospitals and private companies in ERISA litigation. He received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and his undergraduate degree from Albright College.