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W. Neil Eggleston to Join Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
March 24, 2005

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP today announced that W. Neil Eggleston will join the firm as a partner effective April 1, resident in its Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Eggleston will focus his practice on white collar criminal and SEC enforcement defense, internal investigations, and other securities-related matters. Mr. Eggleston will be joining us from Howrey Simon Arnold & White LLP, where he is a partner and co-chair of that firm’s White Collar Crime Practice Group.

Jeffrey Cunard, Managing Partner of Debevoise & Plimpton’s Washington, D.C. office, said "Neil is an outstanding attorney with a dynamic practice and a national reputation in the white collar and securities enforcement areas. We expect his experience and stature will complement and enhance the very busy practices of our Washington office and the entire firm. We welcome him warmly and with enthusiasm."

Mr. Eggleston has extensive experience in all areas of white-collar criminal defense and securities enforcement. He has represented individuals and organizations in numerous high-profile matters in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Eggleston’s government service includes having served in the White House as Associate Counsel to the President (1993-1994) and as Deputy Chief Counsel of the House Iran/Contra Investigation Committee (1987).

Mr. Eggleston also served as an Assistant United States Attorney (1981-1987) and Chief Appellate Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1986-1987). He clerked on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals from 1978 to 1979 and for Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on the Supreme Court from 1979 to 1980.

Mr. Eggleston has tried numerous cases while in private practice. He has represented clients in connection with allegations or potential prosecutions of securities violations and related crimes, government procurement fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, False Claims Act violations, health care fraud, customs fraud, tax fraud and pension fund fraud. He also represented clients in connection with independent counsel investigations and Congressional investigations.

Mary Jo White, Chair of Debevoise & Plimpton’s litigation group, said, "We know from our past experience working with Neil, our knowledge of his reputation in the Washington and national bar, and his existing relationships with many of our colleagues, that he is an enormously bright and gifted lawyer who will be a wonderful colleague and presence in our Washington office and firm."

Mr. Eggleston said, "Debevoise & Plimpton‘s leading white collar and securities enforcement practices offer an exceptional platform for the continued expansion of my practice. I have had the pleasure to know and work with many of the firm’s superb lawyers over the years and I couldn’t be more delighted than to join them as a partner in this distinguished firm."

Mr. Eggleston is a 1975 graduate of Duke University and a 1978 graduate of Northwestern University Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, Virginia State Bar, New York State and American Bar Associations, and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s White Collar Criminal Defense Practice and Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice are two of the most active practices in its Litigation Department. The practices include representation of clients in the U.S. and abroad involved in criminal and SEC investigations and litigation, and in parallel civil and administrative proceedings. The practices also include representing clients in congressional, IRS, and other agency investigations, and conducting internal investigations on behalf of companies, boards of directors and board committees to assess potential liabilities.

The Washington, D.C. office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides client services in a variety of areas, including securities litigation and enforcement, corporate governance, regulatory and transactional work for investment companies and other financial institutions, international telecommunications and intellectual property matters.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm now has over 640 lawyers, including more than 100 lawyers in Europe.




     
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