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For Immediate Release
Contact: Melinda M. Bascone
Director of Marketing
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP


NEW YORK, January 3, 2000 - Carter, Ledyard & Milburn announced that John J. Walsh, a leading media and First Amendment lawyer, today joined the firm as Senior Counsel in its Litigation Practice Group. At year end 1999, Mr. Walsh retired from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, after 40 years of litigation practice there, including 32 years as a partner.

"We are very pleased to have John Walsh join the firm," said James W. Rayhill, Chair of the firm's Litigation Department and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. "He is a top-notch trial lawyer. His outstanding experience in media and First Amendment matters, as well as commercial free speech, will be a tremendous asset to our clients."

"John is one of the best known media attorneys in the country, as a result of the well known cases in which he has appeared and the prominent individuals and leading businesses he has represented in a wide variety of libel and privacy disputes. He also represents major advertisers regarding their First Amendment right to commercial free speech in marketing and promoting their products, and has participated in many of the leading cases involving such issues on behalf of advertisers appearing as parties or as friends of the court. In the latter connection, he and his colleagues have authored friend of the court briefs to the United States Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal in most of the leading commercial speech cases of this decade."

We are delighted to have John continue his highly regarded work in these fields at Carter, Ledyard & Milburn, and also to acquire, for the benefit of our clients, his invaluable experience and insights as a trial and appellate lawyer in a great variety of substantive law areas."

A 1952 graduate of Fairfield University where he was awarded a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, magna cum laude, Mr. Walsh, 69, received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1958. He is a member of the Order of the Coif, the law school honor society. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in New York and Connecticut and other jurisdictions, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of The American Bar Association, The New York State Bar Association, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, The Federal Bar Council, and The American Judicature Society. Mr. Walsh frequently participates in panel discussions and conferences about libel, news gathering and other First Amendment issues. He has appeared on many television talk shows to discuss or debate media issues. In 1995, he was named one of "The Best Lawyers In New York" by New York Magazine in the media law category. He resides with his wife of 42 years in Pelham, New York.

Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP (, established in 1854, has approximately 90 attorneys and has been headquartered on Wall Street since its founding. Carter Ledyard's general practice includes corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, broker-dealer, on-shore and off-shore hedge and other alternative investment funds, private equity, litigation, intellectual property, environmental, employment, media and technology, immigration, investment regulation, antitrust, art law, trusts and estates, maritime, ERISA, tax-exempt organizations, real estate, tax and bankruptcy. A significant part of the firm's practice involves representing overseas-based clients and their U.S. affiliates, financial institutions and other financial services providers, governmental entities and media and technology clients.

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