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Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Partner Blair G. Brown Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

September 28, 2010

Blair G. Brown, a partner in the Washington, DC office of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. The induction ceremony took place on September 25 during the 2010 Annual Meeting of the College in Washington, DC.

Mr. Brown has tried numerous cases to verdict in federal and state courts throughout the country. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation. He has defended individuals, partnerships, and corporations in a wide array of civil and criminal matters. His clients have included law firms, technology companies, nonprofit organizations, executives of Fortune 100 corporations, and death row inmates. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Brown is a member of the board of directors for the Southern Public Defender Training Center and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL); he also co-chairs NACDL’s White Collar Crime Committee. Mr. Brown is the former chairman of the District of Columbia Bar’s Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section and of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project’s board of directors.

Before joining Zuckerman Spaeder in 1988, Mr. Brown tried serious felony cases as an attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. He also served as pro se law clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and as law clerk to Senior Circuit Judge Leonard P. Moore. He is a 1981 graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar.

Founded in 1950, the American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of members of the trial bar from the United States and Canada who are recognized for their skill and abilities. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,739 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows.

The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial bar. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all areas of trial practice: those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants; prosecutors; and defense attorneys. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice. The College’s standards for selection are available online.

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