24 April 2007 - Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP announced today that Peter Morris, founding partner of Altman & Morris, has joined the firm's Los Angeles office as a partner.  Morris is known for high-profile white collar criminal defense and civil business and tort litigation. He represents current and former officers of Broadcom in federal criminal and SEC investigations into options pricing practices, and he recently represented a former officer of Homestore in federal criminal and SEC matters.

James E. Tancula, Partner-in-Charge of Mayer, Brown's Los Angeles office, said:  "The firm strongly supports the continued growth of our Los Angeles office, and is looking to bring in high quality lateral partner talent in areas of firm strengths.  We are delighted to add Peter, a top white collar and civil securities litigator, who fits well within our strengths as a firm and in Los Angeles."

Peter Morris graduated from Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude and was Managing Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.  In addition to his white collar criminal defense and civil litigation expertise, Peter Morris was Assistant United States Attorney - Criminal Division, United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles where he handled investigations and prosecutions of business fraud cases.   As a full time faculty member at UCLA School of Law, he taught criminal trial advocacy.

"I have found the exact platform at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw to best represent my clients. I'm delighted to be part of a dynamic, nationwide white collar crime practice that reflects my philosophy of excellent legal representation," commented Morris.

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