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Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP Welcomes Attorney M. Joel Prather To The Firmís Corporate And Insurance Practices

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Atlanta, GA -- M. Joel Prather joins Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP as Of Counsel with broad legal, transactional and regulatory experience in both the public and private sectors of the insurance industry. He will practice out of the firm’s Atlanta and Washington, D.C. offices.

Before joining the firm, Prather was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Maple Life Financial, a leading secondary life insurance market company, and was responsible for the direction of all legal, compliance and legislative matters of the company, including its sale to Reservoir Capital Group. Prather successfully led Maple Life Financial through the purchase of several life settlement portfolios, becoming licensed as a life settlement provider in over 25 states, negotiating over $2 billion of origination agreements, and was instrumental in the company receiving the highest ratings awarded to a life settlement provider by S&P and SCOPE.

"Joel’s background and experience adds tremendous strength to our growing Insurance Practice, which is an area where multiple disciplines, like structured finance, insurance regulation, securities, privacy and tax law converge in single transactions," said Brian T. Casey, a Partner in the firm’s Corporate and Insurance practices. "He brings with him significant understanding of the insurance industry generally and the secondary life insurance, or life settlements, market specifically."

Prather also has been active in the public sector as a Senior Attorney with the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. Prather participated in the Office's review and approval of a number of complex mergers and acquisitions involving major insurance entities as well as drafting legislative bills and administrative rules.

Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell is a full-service, national law firm of approximately 700 attorneys with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell was formed on October 2, 2007, after the combination of Texas-based Locke Liddell & Sapp PLLC and Lord Bissell & Brook LLP, a national firm headquartered in Chicago. With an expanded geographic scope, and a national reputation in the insurance and reinsurance sectors, corporate arena and litigation, energy, REIT, real estate and IP fields, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell is focused on achieving client success as a team.

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