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Dewey Ballantine Adds Senior Litigation Attorneys, Jeffrey L. Kessler and David G. Feher, to Its New York Office; Kessler Named Co-Chairman Of Firm's Litigation Department; Feher Joins As Partner.

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Dewey Ballantine LLP, a leading international law firm, today announced that Jeffrey L. Kessler and David G. Feher have joined the Firm's Litigation Department as co-chairman and partner, respectively. Mr. Kessler and Mr. Feher, formerly of Weil, Gothshal & Manges, are resident in the Firm's New York office.

Mr. Kessler, one of the nation's leading antitrust attorneys and a prominent sports lawyer, joins Harvey Kurzweil as co-chairman of Dewey Ballantine's Litigation Department. In addition to litigating complex antitrust cases and high-profile jury trials, Mr. Kessler has represented numerous U.S. and international companies in major civil, criminal and government investigations in antitrust and trade areas. He successfully defended Matshushita and JVC against claims of worldwide conspiracy in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Zenith v. Matshushita.

Mr. Kessler's practice includes all aspects of antitrust law, intellectual property law (including major patent litigation), international trade law, trade regulation and sports law. He has litigated some of the most famous sports-antitrust cases in history, including McNeil v. the NFL, the landmark antitrust jury trial that led to the establishment of free agency in the National Football League (NFL).

A leading sports lawyer, Mr. Feher has represented the NFL Players Association and the NBA Players Association as a negotiator in collective bargaining agreements and has represented other sports clients in numerous arbitrations and litigation. He has also represented many U.S. and international companies in antitrust matters and has extensive experience litigating complex commercial disputes.

"As our Litigation Department expands into additional practice areas, we continue to recruit outstanding attorneys from a variety of disciplines," said Morton A. Pierce, co-chairman elect of the Management Committee. "Jeffrey and David bring to the Firm extensive knowledge of complex antitrust law, as well as decades of experience in sports law. Their backgrounds strengthen our management team and will further the growth of our Litigation Department."

"Dewey Ballantine has achieved a tremendous record of success in complex and challenging litigations," said Kessler. "The opportunity to work with Harvey Kurzweil and expand the focus of this group of impressive litigators was central to my decision to move to the Firm."

A former adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School, Mr. Kessler is a member and former Chairman of the International Antitrust Law Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) and a former member of the governing council. He was also a founding member of the Board of Advisors of the Georgetown University Study of Private Antitrust Litigation. A graduate of Columbia University School of Law, Mr. Kessler also graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College.

Mr. Feher is a former adjunct professor of law at the Benjamin Cardozo School. A graduate of Duke University School of Law, he graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University.

About Dewey Ballantine

Dewey Ballantine LLP, founded in 1909, is an international law firm with more than 550 attorneys located in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, East Palo Alto, Houston, Austin, London, Warsaw, Budapest, Prague and Frankfurt. Through its network of offices, the firm handles some of the largest, most complex corporate transactions, litigation and tax matters in areas such as M&A, corporate reorganization & bankruptcy, corporate finance, private equity, antitrust, intellectual property, structured finance, sports law, project finance, and international trade. Industry specializations include energy and utilities, healthcare, insurance, media, consumer and industrial goods, technology, telecommunications and transportation.

CONTACT: Susan Boyle, The MWW Group, Public Relations, +1-201-507-9500, for Dewey Ballantine LLP

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