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13 January 2003

Illinois Solicitor General Joel Bertocchi Joins Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw

13 January 2003, Chicago - Illinois Solicitor General Joel Bertocchi has joined Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw as a partner in the Chicago office. Since 1999 Mr. Bertocchi has been chief of the 40-lawyer appellate staff that represents the State of Illinois in civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts.

"Joel is an outstanding appellate lawyer," said Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw partner Timothy Bishop. "He has superbly handled many important cases for the people of Illinois and before that for the United States, arguing dozens of appeals."

Mr. Bertocchi represented Illinois in two recent U.S. Supreme Court cases, Illinois v. McArthur, concerning police authority to preserve evidence, and Mathias v. WorldCom Technologies, Inc., a local phone access case. He has also argued before the Supreme Courts of Illinois and New Jersey and the U. S. Court of Appeals in Chicago. Mr. Bertocchi was awarded the 2002 Supreme Court "Best Brief" Award presented by the National Association of Attorneys General.

"As those of us who do appellate work know, Mayer, Brown has the top appellate practice group in the country, said Mr. Bertocchi. "I am excited about practicing with such a stellar group of lawyers."

From 1987 to 1999, Mr. Bertocchi served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division in Chicago where he supervised investigations and conducted prosecutions, grand jury matters, trials, and appeals in criminal cases. Previously, he served as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Mr. Bertocchi has served as Vice-Chair of the Illinois Criminal Code Rewrite and Reform Commission and served on various committees that drafted jury instructions and lawyer rules for the U.S. Seventh Circuit. He has also lectured extensively on appellate practice issues.

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