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Nossaman Expands Infrastructure Practice, Associate Patricia M. de la Peña Joins the Team

SAN FRANCISCO (November 18, 2005) - Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP today announced the addition of Patricia M. de la Peña as an Associate in the firm's Austin office. Ms. de la Peña joins Nossaman's Infrastructure Practice from the Texas Department of Insurance where she worked with department staff to draft rules and propose legislation. Previously, Ms. de la Peña was a litigator in the Insurance Practice Group of Bracewell & Patterson. She joins Nossaman on the heels of another strategic hire in Austin, Associate Ann-Therese Schmid.

"Tricia's strong relationship with Texas agencies and her insurance background make her a valuable addition to our growing Infrastructure practice," said Christine D. Ryan, who heads up Nossaman's Austin office. "In recent months, she is the second associate to join our practice in Austin. As the State of Texas proceeds with its mission to develop infrastructure to 'keep Texas moving,' we have an ongoing need for talented lawyers to support our work here."

Ms. de la Peña received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

"Nossaman has an incredible reputation in the transportation industry. I'm looking forward to being part of a team that creates and implements innovative strategies to solve our country's growing transportation needs," said Patricia de la Peña.

About Nossaman:

Nossaman's Infrastructure Group is internationally recognized as a leader in assisting public agencies, private developers and financial institutions with the development of major infrastructure projects and is working in more than 20 states and several foreign countries.

Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP, a California-based law firm, focuses its practice in the areas of complex civil litigation; infrastructure; land use, environmental, real property and water; healthcare; corporate transactions and public policy law. The firm represents a variety of public and private sector clients with interests ranging from aerospace and transportation to real estate development and water. Founded in 1959, Nossaman has more than 135 attorneys and lobbyists in offices located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Irvine, as well as in Washington, D.C./Virginia and Austin, Texas.

For media inquiries:

Eric Miller 
Communications Manager

213.612.7805
emiller@nossaman.com

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