Cleary Gottlieb Adds Litigation Partner Meredith E. Kotler in New York

June 1, 2009

NEW YORK—International law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP announced today that Meredith E. Kotler, 38, partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in New York, will join the firm as a partner, effective today. Meredith joins the firm’s New York litigation and arbitration practice, where she will advise on commercial, securities and corporate governance litigation, as well as securities enforcement and appellate matters.

“As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Meredith brings substantial trial and appellate experience and she will be a great addition to our multi-faceted litigation practice,” said Cleary Gottlieb Managing Partner Mark Walker. “Her experience in government and private practice matches Cleary Gottlieb’s own tradition of public service. With Meredith’s addition, we will have seven partners who are former Assistant U.S. Attorneys.”

Ms. Kotler’s experience includes advising a number of public companies and underwriters in civil securities litigation, as well as in matters before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency and the New York Stock Exchange. She has also been engaged in a broad variety of civil cases, including commercial, shareholder derivative, M&A, bankruptcy, tax and international law litigation. During her tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she served as lead counsel for the United States in the Worldcom bankruptcy proceedings and as co-counsel for the United States in the consolidated Worldcom securities class action.

From 1998 to 2004, Ms. Kotler served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. During the last year and a half of her tenure, she served as Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney in the Civil Division, where she supervised a number of attorneys in the briefing and arguing of appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as a partner in 2004.

In Cleary Gottlieb’s New York office, Ms. Kotler’s calendar will reflect her broad experience in complex civil litigation, including continuing her focus on class and individual actions relating to the capital markets.

With the addition of Ms. Kotler, the firm will have 29 partners in its U.S. litigation and arbitration practice and 198 partners worldwide. The firm’s litigation practice regularly advises on high-profile disputes involving securities, M&A, sovereign debt, bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, as well as white-collar investigations and defense, and has been particularly active in matters stemming from the financial crisis. Cleary Gottlieb’s litigation practice includes a number of partners with government experience and frequently draws upon the experience of partners in the firm with corporate, regulatory and finance expertise.

“I am excited to join Cleary Gottlieb and to work as part of the firm’s global litigation practice,” said Ms. Kotler. “The firm’s commitment to providing clients with creative solutions to complex issues offers me a strong platform on which to further develop my own practice as well as that of the firm.”

Ms. Kotler received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1996 and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1992. In 1997, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Barbara S. Jones in the Southern District of New York.

About Cleary Gottlieb’s Litigation and Arbitration Practice
With established roots and extensive experience worldwide, Cleary Gottlieb is poised to handle local and multi-jurisdictional disputes with equal expertise. The firm is committed to providing clients with innovative and result-oriented litigation and arbitration counsel in matters ranging from major commercial disputes to sensitive internal, regulatory and criminal investigations. The firm regularly advises on litigation and arbitration matters involving securities, derivatives, M&A, sovereign debt, bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, joint ventures, and investment disputes. Cleary Gottlieb’s litigation practice also frequently represents individuals and companies in connection with white-collar investigations and defense, and advises on employment matters, intellectual property infringement actions, and product liability and other forms of mass tort defense.

The current financial crisis has highlighted the ease and effectiveness the firm has in marrying its litigation capabilities with its world-renowned corporate, regulatory and finance expertise. We have helped governments, industrial enterprises, financial institutions and individuals in many of the cases that have dominated world business and legal news.

Our litigation team includes partners with essential government experience. With the addition of Ms. Kotler, we will have seven partners in our litigation and arbitration practice who have served as Assistant U.S. Attorneys. Our ability to seamlessly call upon leading experts in each field for their counsel, including those who have served with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (including partners who have served as General Counsel and Director of the Division of Corporation Finance), Solicitor General of the United States, Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Competition of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and U.S. Air Force, enables us to provide clients with the best possible solution to any problem. Many of our litigators have also clerked for judges throughout the U.S. federal system, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

About Cleary Gottlieb
Founded in 1946 by lawyers committed to legal excellence, internationalism and diversity, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a leading international law firm with approximately 1,100 lawyers around the world. Consistently recognized as one of the top litigation and arbitration firms in the world by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, Benchmark Litigation and The U.S. Legal 500, the firm was also named one of the top seven firms worldwide appearing as arbitration counsel in 2007 by The American Lawyer in its biennial “Arbitration Scorecard.” Cleary Gottlieb has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Paris, Brussels, London, Moscow, Frankfurt, Cologne, Rome, Milan, Hong Kong and Beijing.