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WRF International Trade Practice Recognized as One of the Nation's Best; Attorneys Recognized as "Leading Individuals" in Their Fields

September 27, 2005

Washington, DC—Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has selected Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP's International Trade Group as one of the nation's leading practices and has named partners John B. Reynolds III and Charles Owen Verrill, Jr. "Leading Individuals" in this field of law.  Ratings are based on extensive interviews of law firms' clients, colleagues and competitors.

The 2005 edition of the Chambers guide places the group in "a firm position amid elite international trade practices."  Commenting on the diversity of the practice, Chambers observes, "Aerospace, defense, distribution and manufacturing constitute the core industry areas where members of the firm are involved.  The team also covers issues arising from the intermingling of trade, foreign policy and national security controls."

In naming practice group chair Charles Verrill as a "Leading Individual" for his work on trade remedies and trade policy, Chambers notes that he is "widely recognized as an international trade lawyer who has long enjoyed a high standing in his field.  Trade policy matters are his true forte, though Verrill's practice incorporates expertise in most areas within the field as well as such disciplines as alternate dispute resolution."

John Reynolds, selected as a "Leading Individual" for his work on export controls and economic sanctions, receives praise for "being 'equally comfortable whether dealing with Wall Street investment banks or branches of government.'  He is often seen to 'perform as an invaluable interface between the two,' particularly on sanctions issues."  Chambers adds that Reynolds' "rare combination of transactional and regulatory acumen distinguishes him in the marketplace," noting his experience in the defense and national security issues.

In compiling the Chambers USA guide, researchers from London-based Chambers and Partners comprehensively evaluate law firms and attorneys on several factors, including: technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by clients.

WRF's International Trade Practice, one of the largest and most diverse practices in the country, represents clients in domestic and international trade regulation matters, market access issues and dispute resolution.  The group applies its legal expertise, government relations experience and public relations savvy to achieve results for its clients before international institutions and the U.S. government.