Securities Litigation Practice Expands Again: Susan Samuels Muck Joins Fenwick & West

June 10, 2004 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP is pleased to announce that Susan Samuels Muck is joining the Firm as a partner in the Litigation Group effective immediately. She will practice in the Firm's San Francisco office.

"Securities litigation, regulatory investigations and corporate governance disputes have increased dramatically, particularly since the passage of Sarbanes-Oxley. Susan and the recent additions of Dean Kristy and Kevin Muck as partners in our Litigation Group bring great depth to our capabilities in this area," said Firm Chairman Gordon K. Davidson. "We are especially excited that Susan will be joining the Firm. She has a stellar reputation and possesses that rare quality of being practical, results-oriented and able to distill complex legal issues down to practical advice and business decisions."

"Fenwick & West is a truly wonderful fit for my practice," commented Susan Muck. "The opportunity to become part of a firm that continues to meld a collegial culture with excellence in its legal practice holds the promise of a future with ample stimulating, cutting-edge legal work and immense career satisfaction."

Susan Muck, 44, has extensive experience representing companies, individuals and financial institutions in SEC enforcement proceedings, investigations by the New York Attorney General, securities class actions, derivative actions and other complex commercial litigation. Muck also serves as counsel to boards of directors and audit committees in connection with internal investigations and shareholder derivative demands, and advises financial institutions with respect to compliance programs. Her client roster has included Morgan Stanley, Charles Schwab, Micromuse and Siebel Systems.

Muck is admitted to practice in California. She received her J.D. in 1986 from University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A., with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1982 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Susan Muck has previously been a partner at Clifford Chance US LLP, Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP and Shearman & Sterling.

In addition to the arrival of Muck, the Firm is also welcoming seven new litigation associates. They are Gerald Audant, Christopher Garcia, Alice Jensen, Catherine Duden Kevane, Felix Lee, John Lister and Jenefer Swede. The incoming associates will also be resident in San Francisco.

About Fenwick & West

Established in 1972, Fenwick & West LLP is one of the nation's premier law firms providing comprehensive legal services to national and international high technology and life sciences clients, particularly in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, securities, venture capital and other corporate finance, corporate governance, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, intellectual property, taxation and employment and labor law. The only law firm named to Fortune's 1999-2002 lists of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," Fenwick & West has offices in Mountain View and San Francisco, CA. Fenwick & West's Web site is found at


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