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 SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- While major law firms across the country have been swept into a downsizing mode, Berg, Ziegler, Anderson & Parker is diversifying its practice and hiring partners and associates to meet the challenges faced by the legal industry of the '90s.
 The firm's newest partner, Robert Ted Parker, recently handled U.S. copyright matters and North American distribution rights for "The Piano," the internationally acclaimed 1993 Cannes Film Festival winner now regularly mentioned as "prime Oscar material" (according to the Los Angeles Times). Currently he is managing the legal agreements for talent and production for several film properties, including "The Glass Shield" directed by Charles Burnett, and Bertolucci's "Little Buddha."
 Parker, 51, has concluded legal acquisition of management production rights to "Into the Night" by Cornell Woolridge (author of "Rear Window") and is currently handling distribution and Guild compliance matters for "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me," directed by David Lynch and released last year.
 An experienced litigator in banking, securities, and civil law, he was lead counsel in successfully defending a French bank in the Charles Keating/Lincoln Savings 1992 securities class action trial in Tucson, Ariz. His client was the only trial defendant to emerge from the four-month trial without liability.
 Currently Parker is lead trial counsel for the defense in securities litigation for a major European industrial group involved in a complex U.S. District Court trial in New York. He has also represented the Resolution Trust Corp. in federal court litigation of claims from a failed savings and loan association.
 Parker is a former professional trumpet player -- Sao Paulo (Brazil) Symphony, the Spoleto (Italy) Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center (New York) "Three Penny Opera," soloist for the Vox label -- who continues to play the National Anthem every season at Candlestick Park for the San Francisco Giants.
 The law firm of Berg, Ziegler, Anderson & Parker practices commercial and real estate litigation, real estate financing, and transactions and general business matters, including corporate finance, securities, film and music. The firm has an established list of nationally-known institutional clients.
 In addition to its film and music work, current business includes major toxic litigation, cleanup and development of the former Judson Steel site in Emeryville, redevelopment and condominiums litigation involving retail and hotel properties in Contra Costa County, the expansion of Highway 237 in San Jose, and the development of Price/Costco projects throughout Northern California. Recently, the firm settled the Sausalito houseboat controversy.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Banashek of Banashek & Co., 415-989-5116, for Berg, Ziegler, Anderson & Parker/

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