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WASHINGTON, DC (January 8, 2004) –Venable LLP announces the addition of five attorneys to partnership status: Ralph P. Albrecht, Linda M. Jackson, Rebecca E. Pearson, Theodore F. Roberts, and Samantha M. Williams.

Ralph P. Albrecht, 38, counsels various startup, emerging and large national and international clients in procuring, licensing and litigating disputes related to intellectual property. His practice is focused on preparing, prosecuting, licensing, litigating and foreign filing patent applications primarily for U.S. clients in the information technology, communications, media and entertainment industries. Mr. Albrecht received his B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He will be based in Washington.

Linda M. Jackson, 38, is a commercial litigator with an emphasis on employment law, business torts and human resources counseling. Her federal and state experience includes oral arguments, briefs, and petitions for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. She has an extensive background in civil trial and motions work, including first chair experience in jury trials in both the Virginia and federal court systems. Ms. Jackson received her B.A. from Amherst College and her J.D. from the College of William & Mary. She will be based at Venable’s Tyson’s Corners, Virginia office.

Rebecca E. Pearson, 39, assists clients in government contract litigation and contract award protests before the General Accounting Office and federal courts. She has experience representing clients before agency boards of contract appeals on administrative claims and before the Department of Justice and federal courts on civil matters involving government prime contractors and subcontractors. Ms. Pearson received her A.B. from Duke University, her J.D. from the University of North Carolina, and her L.L.M from George Washington University Law School. She will be based in Washington.

Theodore F. Roberts, 35, has experience in toxic torts, mass torts, product liability, complex civil litigation, and civil rights. Mr. Roberts has first chair trial experience in state and federal courts. He has defended corporations involved in industry-wide litigation on local, regional and national levels. Mr. Roberts has tried to verdict significant cases involving complex medical and causation issues and has experience in many arenas of toxic tort litigation including asbestos, electromagnetic fields, tobacco and sick building syndrome. Mr. Roberts received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and his J.D. from the New England School of Law. He will be based at Venable’s Towson, Maryland offices.

Samantha M. Williams, 35, focuses on a broad range of complex litigation mattersin both state and federal courts, including shareholder derivative suits, municipal contract disputes, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, fraud, and mass tort litigation. In addition to representing national companies, Ms. Williams has represented officers and directors of publicly held technology companies based in Montgomery County, MD in significant litigation matters. Recently, Ms. Williams obtained judgment in favor ofone such client in the first case assigned to thenewly created Business and Technology Case Management Program in Montgomery County. Ms. Williams received her B.A. from Franklin College and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. She will be based at Venable’s Rockville, Maryland offices.

One of the American Lawyer’s top 100 law firms, Venable LLP has attorneys practicing in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property and government affairs. Venable serves corporate, institutional, governmental, nonprofit and individual clients throughout the U.S. and around the world from its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and offices in California, Maryland, New York and Virginia.