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Cooper & Carvin Announce Major Expansion

 Firm Renamed Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal, PLLC
 High Stakes Cases Expand as Staple of Litigation Boutique


WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Cooper & Carvin announced today that Steven S. Rosenthal and Alan K. Palmer, both formerly partners in the Washington office of Morrison & Foerster, have joined the firm as partners. The firm, which first opened its doors on October 1, 1996, is now named Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal, PLLC. Also joining the firm are Jeffery Tomasevich, as of counsel, and Kenneth Marcus and Douglas Tucker, as associates.

"This union with Steve Rosenthal and his colleagues," said senior partner Charles J. Cooper, "further secures this firm's place as Washington's leading litigation boutique for high stakes cases involving government and commercial litigation. Steve and Alan are enormously talented and experienced litigators, and their extensive trial, appellate and administrative law practices meshes well with and strengthens our practice." Steve Rosenthal added, "Cooper & Carvin has been at the center of today's ground-breaking constitutional, statutory, and administrative law issues, and we are delighted to become a part of it."

In little over one year, Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal has represented clients in some of the nation's most significant cases.

The firm currently represents Meineke Muffler franchisees defending a $390 million jury verdict on appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In this second largest class action jury verdict ever awarded, Mr. Cooper will argue the case against his former Justice Department colleague, Kenneth Starr. The firm, with Michael Carvin as lead counsel, has successfully defended before both the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, California's Proposition 209, which prohibits the State from employing racial and gender preferences in hiring, contracting, and higher education. Cooper & Carvin also recently served as co-counsel to U.S. Senators Robert Byrd, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Carl Levin in their constitutional challenge to the Line-Item Veto Act, and the firm currently represents the Greater New York Hospital Association in a similar court challenge to the President's use of the Line-Item Veto.

Mr. Rosenthal's joining the firm brings under one roof two of the attorneys who have led the successful litigation against the Federal Government in the Winstar Thrift Cases. These are cases resulting from the landmark 1996 Supreme Court Winstar decision successfully argued by Mr. Cooper. The court concluded that the government was liable for damages, which are expected to total billions of dollars, caused by Congress' decision to change the accounting rules (so-called "goodwill") applying to failing thrifts taken over in the 1980s. Mr. Rosenthal and Mr. Cooper currently serve as two members on the Plaintiffs' Coordinating Committee for over 120 Winstar-related cases now pending in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

During his seventeen years at Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Rosenthal presented cases on behalf of clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, most of the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and numerous federal and state courts throughout the nation. In addition to his financial institutions and appellate practice, he has represented several large airports on rates and charges and other regulatory issues before the U.S. Department of Transportation and has handled several high profile environmental cases. Mr. Palmer, who had been a senior official at the Federal Trade Commission, has extensive trade regulation, antitrust and other litigation experience.

Mr. Rosenthal is currently representing eighty federal judges claiming that Congress acted unconstitutionally in requiring them to begin paying social security taxes on their compensation. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington and U.S. Supreme Court have upheld the judges' claim and the courts are now determining the amounts that need to be refunded to the judges.

Said Mr. Cooper, "We have carefully built this firm to occupy a unique niche in the profession. We appreciate the opportunity to be part of complicated, high stakes litigation, particularly in cases where government has overreached or violates agreements with private entities."

Mr. Cooper concluded, "We anticipate building aggressively on our firm's list of major cases and clients. We will continue to recruit the most talented and compatible lawyers to be part of our team. Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal has been involved in a variety of major cases, representing clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to citizens seeking to secure their constitutional rights. In just fifteen months, we have confirmed our belief that a void in the national legal community could be filled successfully by our firm."

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