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John L. Cooper Inducted by American College of Trial Lawyers AS Regent for Northern California and Nevada

December 12, 2002 Press Release

Farella Braun + Martel LLP Litigator Elected as One of Fifteen National Regents; ACTL Considered "Best of the Trial Bar" from United States and Canada

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 12, 2002): The American College of Trial Lawyers announces that John L. Cooper, a nationally recognized trial lawyer, has been inducted by the American College of Trial Lawyers as Regent for Northern California and Nevada.

The induction ceremony at which Mr. Cooper became a Regent took place recently before an audience of 850 persons during the recent fall meeting of the College in New York City during the week of October 14, 2002. As a Regent, Mr. Cooper will serve on the College's 15 member governing board whose mission is "to maintain and improve the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession."

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, after careful investigation, 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.

Membership in the College is an honor that is limited to one percent of the total lawyers of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,200 Fellows 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 profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute persons accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal professional and the administration of justice.

Mr. Cooper has served on the Judiciary Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco and as chair of the Lawyer Representatives from the Northern District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. A well-known speaker and writer, Mr. Cooper has lectured extensively to the American Bar Association, the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and The Center for International Legal Studies. He has also served on the faculty of the Hastings Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy.

Mr. Cooper maintains a diverse trial practice in intellectual property, complex commercial litigation and antitrust. He has particular expertise in technology-related litigation and is the senior member of the firm's Intellectual Property Group. He has served as primary outside counsel on litigation and business matters to several large companies including Dolby Laboratories, Spar Aerospace, Ltd., Staples Inc., Bass PLC and Allied Domecq and Regent International Hotels.

Mr. Cooper received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, his J.D. from the University of Colorado and an M.A. in Law and Economics from the University of Chicago.

In addition to Mr. Cooper, five litigators from Farella Braun + Martel have been inducted as Fellows of the College, including founders Jerome Braun and John Martel, Victor "Jim" Haydel and Douglas R. Young. Mr. Martel also previously served the College as a Regent.

Since its founding in 1962, Farella Braun + Martel has achieved a national distinction for its complex commercial litigation practice, the acumen of its business practice, its high profile cases, and its prestigious client base. With over 120 attorneys, Farella Braun + Martel serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses including VISA U.S.A., Verizon Wireless Services, Dolby Laboratories Inc., General Electric Company, Genentech, McDonald's Corporation, The Robert Mondavi Corporation, McKesson Corporation, The University of California, Silicon Valley Bank and Dainippon Screen Manufacturing Company Limited.

Farella Braun + Martel also maintains an office in the Napa Valley, focused on the wine industry and related businesses. In addition to employment and labor law, the firm's practice areas include complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, insurance coverage, construction litigation, environmental counseling and litigation, white collar crime, real estate, land use, corporate and securities, tax, family wealth and business planning and the wine and agribusiness industries.

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Phyllis Gillis
415.954.4917

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