Legal Publisher Recognizes Eight Nexsen Pruet Attorneys For Excellence; Three Practices Areas Rated No. 1

Legal Publisher Recognizes Eight Nexsen Pruet Attorneys
For Excellence; Three Practices Areas Rated No. 1

June 7,
2005

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Eight Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been named among the top
legal practitioners in their fields in the 2005-2006 edition of Chambers USA:
America's Leading Business Lawyers. Nexsen Pruet also received the most No. 1
practice area rankings of any South Carolina firm, receiving a No. 1 ranking
for the areas of corporate/mergers and acquisition law, real estate law, and
general commercial litigation. The firm was also recognized for its statewide
employment practice.

The publication cited David Dubberly for his work in employment law; David
Gossett for real estate; Mark Knight for corporate/mergers and acquisitions;
Susi McWilliams for both employment and litigation; Ed Menzie for both
corporate/mergers and acquisitions and real estate; Neil Robinson for real
estate; and Tom Stephenson and Tom Tisdale for commercial litigation.

Chambers also ranked Nexsen Pruet as a leading law firm in South Carolina for
corporate/mergers and acquisition law, real estate law, litigation and
employment law.

Chambers' legal directory – the ''guide to the best practitioners in all the
main areas of business law'' – makes its selections based on thousands of
interviews with clients and attorneys.

''We are honored to have eight attorneys and four of our practice areas
recognized,'' said Al Pollard, Managing Partner of Nexsen Pruet. ''As a firm we
are committed to providing high-quality, high-value services to our clients and
communities.''

David Dubberly, rated in the area of employment law, chairs the firm's
employment group and practices in the Columbia office. He is certified by the
South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law and is
a former member of the court's Employment and Labor Specialization Advisory
Board. Dubberly is also a former chair of the South Carolina Bar's Employment
and Labor Section.

David Gossett, rated in the area of real estate law, is based in the Greenville
office and he concentrates his practice in economic development, real estate
and lending areas. He is also regularly involved in financing some of the
larger agribusinesses in the country. Gossett is a board member of the Upstate
Alliance, a regional economic development group.
Mark Knight, rated in the area of corporate/M&A, is based in the Columbia
office and he concentrates his practice primarily on the areas of securities,
mergers and acquisitions, corporate, and partnership law. He is listed in Best
Lawyers in America for Corporate, Securities, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law,
and is a former chair of the S.C. Bar's Corporation, Banking and Securities
Section.

Susi McWilliams, rated in both commercial litigation and employment law,
practices in the Columbia office. She is a trial lawyer with experience in
complex litigation, including malpractice, securities, lender liability,
employment law, and the defense of governmental entities. She is certified by
the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law
and is a member of the prestigious America College of Trial Lawyers. Best
Lawyers in America has recognized McWilliams for Labor and Employment Law.

Ed Menzie, rated in both corporate/M&A and real estate law, practices in
Columbia. He combines extensive corporate, finance, real estate and securities
experience in the representation of a variety of clients, including major real
estate developers. He is listed in the Corporate Law and Real Estate Law
sections of Best Lawyers in America and he is a member of the American College
of Real Estate Lawyers. Since 1986, Mr. Menzie has served on the Board of
Directors of Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc.

Neil Robinson, rated in the area of real estate law, practices in the firm's
Charleston office. He has broad experience in complex real estate
transactions; administrative law, including permitting, zoning and land sales
registrations; community association and condominium law; and commercial and
resort real estate development. He is recognized in Best Lawyers in America in
Real Estate Law. Mr. Robinson currently serves as President of the Southeastern
Wildlife Exposition and President of the Hibernian Society. He is the former
President of the Clemson Advancement Foundation.

Tom Stephenson, rated in the area of commercial litigation, is based in the Greenville office
and concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, labor law,
employment law, and employment-related litigation. He is certified by the South
Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law and is a
certified mediator. Mr. Stephenson currently serves on the Board of Trustees
of the Medical University of South Carolina.

Tom Tisdale, rated in the area of litigation, practices in the Charleston
office. Before joining Nexsen Pruet, he was a founding partner of Young,
Clement, Rivers and Tisdale in Charleston, where he chaired the commercial
litigation and appellate practice groups. Mr. Tisdale is a former president of
the South Carolina Bar and he is listed in Best Lawyers in America as among the
leading attorneys in first amendment law and business litigation.

For more information on the Chambers' ratings visit
http://www.chambersandpartners.com/us/

NEXSEN PRUET, LLC is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more
than 170 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton
Head, and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C. Founded in
1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business
community and represents companies and other entities in local, state,
national, and international venues. For further information, see
www.nexsenpruet.com

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803.540.2132

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