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PATRICIA HYNES BECOMES NAME PARTNER AT MILBERG WEISS LAW FIRM; ONE OF FIRST WOMEN TO ACHIEVE NAME RECOGNITION AT NATIONAL FIRM

 NEW YORK, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the nation's leading trial lawyers and one of the first women to become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Patricia M. Hynes, has become a name partner in the largest litigation firm specializing in complex securities and commercial litigation primarily representing plaintiffs.
 As a result, Milberg Weiss Bershad Specthrie & Lerach, with 82 lawyers in its offices in New York and San Diego, has changed its name to Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach. Jared Specthrie continues as of counsel to the firm.
 Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach is believed to be the first of the major law firms in the nation to have a woman as a name partner.
 Ms. Hynes, who joined Milberg Weiss in 1983, formerly was the executive assistant U.S. Attorney General in the Southern District of New York. She is presently chair of the Federal Courts Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and co-chair of the Pretrial Practice and Discovery Committee of the American Bar Association's Litigation Section. From 1987 to 1990, Ms. Hynes was a member of Governor Cuomo's Commission on Government Integrity.
 According to Melvyn I. Weiss, founding partner of the firm, "We are proud to have Pat Hynes' name as part of our identity. Her contributions to our firm have been enormous, and we have long recognized her outstanding talents as one of the foremost litigation lawyers in the United States."
 A nationally recognized authority on complex civil and criminal litigation, she represented the City of San Jose (Calif.) as lead trial counsel against 13 brokerage firms and an accounting firm and obtained a jury verdict in federal court and settlements totaling over $30 million. Ms. Hynes recently was one of the lead counsel in the $1.3 billion settlement reached with Michael Milken and others in the Drexel bankruptcy.
 A graduate of Fordham University Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review, Ms. Hynes served as law clerk to Chief Judge Joseph C. Zavatt of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office as an assistant attorney general.
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 /CONTACT: Melvyn I. Weiss of Milberg Weiss, 212-594-5300/


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