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Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today the appointment of litigator Richard A. Spehr as Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s New York office.  Mr. Spehr succeeds Brian Trust, who stepped down after three years to devote his full energies to his booming bankruptcy and restructuring practice.

“The New York office is key to the firm’s global platform and strategy, and Rich has demonstrated strong leadership qualities that make him the ideal choice for this vital role,” said Mayer Brown Chairman Bert Krueger.

In addition to directing the New York office, Mr. Spehr will continue as an office practice leader of Mayer Brown’s New York Litigation practice.  He is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including federal and state securities laws, internal investigations, SEC investigations, derivatives, banking and financial services. Among the clients he serves are BMW Financial Services, Schering-Plough and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

“Mayer Brown’s New York office of more than 200 lawyers has a very solid foundation on which to build an even-stronger presence in one of the world’s largest and most important legal marketplaces,” Mr. Spehr said. “I welcome the opportunity to work with our exceptional group of lawyers and the firm’s management to help the New York office realize its full potential.  We are committed to significant growth in New York and my primary goal as Partner-in-Charge is to fulfill that critical objective.”

Mr. Spehr joined Mayer Brown in 1994.  Previously, he was associated with another prominent law firm in New York.