Legal Aid Society Elects Cadwalader's Gregory A. Markel to the Board of Directors

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Gregory A. Markel, partner and co-chair of the Litigation Department at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, was elected to the Legal Aid Society's Board of Directors at the Society's 134th Annual meeting on Wednesday, November 10.  Mr. Markel was selected by the Governance Committee for his outstanding reputation as a litigator and his long-time support of The Legal Aid Society.

"Greg Markel's election to this prestigious post is a significant high honor reflecting his deep commitment to serving the profession and the community," stated W. Christopher White, Chairman of Cadwalader. "His efforts in ensuring equal justice for all represent a core value of our firm.  We are proud to have a Cadwalader partner serve on the Board of this legal service organization that advocates for the rights of low income New Yorkers and we congratulate him," stated White.

Also a member of Cadwalader's Management Committee, Mr. Markel has extensive experience and expertise in securities litigation, class action defense, derivative actions, antitrust; complex tax; director and officer liability; trade secret; intellectual property; internet; insurance coverage; banking; and RICO litigation.  He has recently been listed as one of the top 100 attorneys in New York and one of the top 500 attorneys in the United States by leading industry legal publications.

He is a member of the Litigation and Antitrust sections of the American Bar Association; the Federal Bar Council; the City Bar Committee on Securities Litigation; the Securities Industry Association – Compliance & Legal Division; the New York State Bar Association, Commercial Litigation Section and is a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. Mr. Markel earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, his M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Michigan, and his B.A. in Economics from Columbia College.

About Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, established in 1792, is one of the world's leading international law firms, with offices in New York, London, Charlotte, Washington and Beijing.  Cadwalader serves a diverse client base, including many of the world's top financial institutions, undertaking business in more than 50 countries in six continents.  The firm offers legal expertise in antitrust, banking, business fraud, corporate finance, corporate governance, environmental, financial restructuring and reorganizations, healthcare, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, private client, private equity, real estate, regulation, securitization, structured finance, and tax.  More information about Cadwalader can be found at www.cadwalader.com.

About the Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society is a private, not-for-profit legal services organization, the oldest and largest in the nation, dedicated since 1876 to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers. It is dedicated to one simple but powerful belief: that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty.  The Society handles 300,000 individual cases and matters annually and provides a comprehensive range of legal services in three areas: the Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices. Unlike the Society's Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices, which are constitutionally mandated and supported by government, the Civil Practice relies heavily on private contributions.

Contacts:

Adam Segall +1 212 504 6492

adam.segall@cwt.com

Claudia Freeman +1 212 504 6470

claudia.freeman@cwt.com



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