Mayer Brown, a leading international law firm, announced today that Bryan Daly, 49, Chuck Kreindler, 47, and Marc Harris, 44, have joined the firm's White Collar Defense & Compliance practice in the Los Angeles office as partners. In addition, Barbara Taylor and Melissa Eaves, 47, join as counsel. This team of highly experienced litigators comes to Mayer Brown from Beck, DeCorso, Daly, Kreindler & Harris.

"Continuing to expand and further strengthen our elite litigation practice and white collar team is a key strategic goal," said Kenneth S. Geller, Mayer Brown Vice Chairman. "The addition of Bryan, Chuck and Marc makes our white collar group one of the most formidable practices in California and the nation."

Daly, Kreindler and Harris , all former federal prosecutors, have extensive experience focusing on white collar defense and complex civil litigation. They have represented an extensive number of companies and their individual directors and officers, as well as individuals in a wide variety of civil and criminal proceedings, including internal investigations, pre-trial proceedings, trials and post-judgment matters, in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals.

"As our practices continued to expand, Chuck, Marc and I were looking for a larger platform and access to cases and resources that had been previously unavailable to us," said Bryan Daly. "With a leading white collar defense group that boasts more than 40 former federal prosecutors and SEC lawyers nationwide and the firm's growing global footprint, Mayer Brown was a clear choice for us."

"This is one of the strongest litigation groups to make a lateral move in this community in many years," said James Tancula, Partner-In-Charge of Mayer Brown's Los Angeles office. "They are a premier team in white collar defense and complex civil litigation, and we're delighted that lawyers of this caliber have decided to join the firm."

Joining Mayer Brown are:

Bryan D. Daly. Mr. Daly represents businesses and executives under investigation or charged with white collar criminal offenses. He also conducts internal investigations and compliance inquiries for a number of major corporations, and works closely with management to create effective training and compliance programs for employees.

Mr. Daly is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California, Criminal Division, Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section. As a federal prosecutor, he was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of a wide variety of government fraud cases, including health care fraud, bank and mail fraud, defense contractor fraud, environmental violations and criminal tax cases. He received the Department of Justice Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice Special Achievement Award for Sustained Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Mr. Daly received a B.A. degree with honors from Ramapo College of New Jersey and a J.D. degree with honors from Rutgers University School of Law.

Charles L. Kreindler. Mr. Kreindler is a veteran trial lawyer who has successfully represented both companies and individuals in a wide variety of civil, criminal and administrative proceedings throughout the country. His jury trial experience includes several multi-million dollar awards on behalf of plaintiffs, as well as several defense verdicts on behalf of defendants. Mr. Kreindler, who was a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles from 1989-1997, also specializes in conducting internal corporate investigations. He has received numerous awards for his legal accomplishments including the Inspector General's Integrity Award for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , and the Department of Justice's Special Achievement Award on two occasions.

Mr. Kreindler received his B.A., cum laude, from State University of New York at Albany and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Marc S. Harris. Mr. Harris' practice focuses on the representation of companies and individuals in connection with state and federal criminal investigations and prosecutions, as well as complex business litigation. He has successfully defended clients charged with or investigated for tax fraud, securities fraud, national security offenses, campaign finance fraud, health care fraud and mail fraud. He recently won an acquittal in a federal securities fraud trial involving the Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded company. On the civil side, he has successfully tried and obtained dismissals of claims brought under the federal and state False Claims Acts, and has successfully litigated a variety of other matters, including RICO and theft of trade secrets claims.

Mr. Harris served for eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California, where he was the Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption and Government Fraud section. He investigated and prosecuted several complex, high-profile cases involving public corruption, environmental fraud, campaign finance violations, tax fraud, customs fraud and fraud relating to government programs. Mr. Harris received the Department of Justice Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from the Attorney General of the United States.

Mr. Harris received a B.A., magna cum laude, in public policy studies and economics from Duke University and a J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was Note and Comment Editor for the California Law Review and received the Stephen Finney Jamison Award for scholarship and advocacy.

Barbara E. Taylor. Ms. Taylor's complex civil litigation practice focuses on defense of qui tam cases. Her internal investigations and compliance practice included representation of defense and aerospace contractors regarding government contract issues, closely regulated technology transfers and export law issues. Earlier in her career, Ms. Taylor worked in the Theatrical Department of Abrams Artists Agency, practicing entertainment law.

Ms. Taylor graduated from California State University, with honors, and received her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Melissa K. Eaves. Ms. Eaves specializes in complex civil litigation, false claims act litigation and appellate work. She has more than 20 years experience with a focus on reinsurance and insurance insolvency litigation. She has worked on the Mission Insurance Group and Executive Life Insurance Company insolvencies and was primarily responsible for negotiating and documenting over 500 reinsurance commutations and settlements with reinsurers worldwide, representing recoveries in excess of $1.3 billion. Ms. Eaves also has substantial experience in both state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, enforcing judgments abroad, and supervision of domestic and foreign outside counsel.

She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. and went on to receive her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Mr. Roberts received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his J.D. from Vermont Law School.