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Leading Litigators Join Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in New Richmond Office

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Whiteford Taylor & Preston announced today that preeminent
Richmond-based litigators Vernon E. Inge, Jr., and Corey Simpson Booker
have joined the firm, resident in its new Richmond office. Mr. Inge is a
commercial litigation, bankruptcy and sports law attorney with a
national profile. Ms. Booker is a highly experienced commercial and
bankruptcy litigator. The Richmond office is the firm's sixteenth and,
along with offices in Northern Virginia and Roanoke, its third in
Virginia.

"We see unique synergies with the addition of Vern and Corey in
Richmond," said Martin Fletcher, Managing Partner of the firm. "Along
with their tremendous litigation and bankruptcy experience, they are
seen as trusted business advisors by clients and lawyers alike in the
Richmond community. We are committed to providing them the resources
they need to realize their vision of building an A-level platform for
companies seeking business representation in Richmond."

Mr. Inge's litigation practice includes creditors' rights and
banking/lender litigation, construction litigation and local government
litigation. In addition, he represents professional athletes and sports
agents, and is experienced handling matters relating to the Major League
Baseball Players' Association and the National Football League Players'
Association, including arbitrations. He is a past President of the
Richmond Bar Association.

Ms. Booker is experienced in a broad range of commercial, bankruptcy,
environmental and real estate litigation including creditors' rights and
banking/lender litigation. She has practiced before federal and state
courts, as well as state agencies, and is current head of the Litigation
Section of the Richmond Bar Association.

"We are excited to join Whiteford," said Mr. Inge. "Along with superb
litigation and bankruptcy capabilities, the firm has a deep,
full-service bench, national reach, and a genuine commitment to
value-driven services. We think it is an ideal platform for serving
businesses looking to grow in Richmond."

Mr. Inge is a graduate of the University of Richmond and the University
of Virginia School of Law. Ms. Booker is a graduate of the University of
Virginia, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism and the
University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law.

About Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP: With over 170
attorneys, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston provides a comprehensive range of
sophisticated, cost-effective business law and litigation services to
clients ranging from innovative start-ups to middle market companies to
global enterprises.
Its growing Mid-Atlantic footprint includes
sixteen offices in Delaware, D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New
York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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