Barbara Dawson, Partner at Leading Arizona Law Firm, Elected Chair of Lex Mundi

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Three officers, two executive committee members and four directors begin new terms.

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Lex Mundi is a truly unique resource for businesses in need of legal assistance around the world. I look forward to helping this global association as it pursues a number of strategic goals this year.

Barbara Dawson, a partner with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., Lex Mundi's member firm for Arizona, was elected Chair of Lex Mundi by the organization's Board of Directors during the Lex Mundi 2009 Annual Meeting in Madrid. Ms. Dawson becomes the second female to serve as chair of the association. Lex Mundi is the world's leading association of independent law firms with 160 member firms and more than 21,000 lawyers worldwide.

Ms. Dawson has been with Snell & Wilmer for 20 years. Her practice area concentration is complex commercial litigation and internal investigations. Her areas of focus include financial institution matters, tax disputes, class actions and alternative dispute resolution. Before becoming chair, Ms. Dawson served in a number of leadership roles in Lex Mundi, including Chair of the Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice Group; Chair of the Lex Mundi Diversity Committee; and Chair of the Lex Mundi Women and the Law Committee.

"I am honored to serve as the Chair of Lex Mundi," said Ms. Dawson. "Lex Mundi is a truly unique resource for businesses in need of legal assistance around the world. I look forward to helping this global association as it pursues a number of strategic goals this year."    

Lex Mundi's Board of Directors also elected Michiel Wesseling of Houthoff Buruma (the Netherlands) to the position of Chair-Elect, Simon Truskett of Clayton Utz (Australia) to the position of Secretary and Cheryl Hodder of McInnes Cooper (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Canada) to the position of Treasurer. In addition to these new officers, the Board also elected two new Executive Committee Members: Gillian Clarke of Clarke Gittens & Farmer (Barbados) and Keith Simmons of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC (Tennessee, USA).

At the same Annual Meeting, the membership elected four new directors to the Lex Mundi Board of Directors: José María Eyzaguirre of Claro y Cia. (Chile); Alvin Hiromasa Shiozaki of Nishimura & Asahi (Japan); Christopher Richardson of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (Colorado, USA) and Brian Burke of Baker & Daniels LLP (Indiana, USA). They will serve four-year terms. Christel Van den Eynden of Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick (Belgium) was appointed for a one-year term to fill a vacancy on the Lex Mundi Board of Directors.

Lex Mundi is the world's leading association of independent law firms. The association has more than 160 member firms around the world, representing approximately 21,000 lawyers. Membership in Lex Mundi provides member firms with a trusted network of law firms that share similar values and a similar focus on quality through which they can access global legal resources that enable them to serve their clients better and to improve continuously all aspects of their firms. Member law firms are located throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Through its nonprofit affiliate, the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation (http://www.lexmundiprobono.org), Lex Mundi member firms provide pro bono legal assistance to social entrepreneurs around the globe. For more information about Lex Mundi, please visit http://www.lexmundi.com.

For a printable version of this press release, please visit http://www.lexmundi.com/images/lexmundi/PDF/PressReleases/2010_BoardMembersOfficers.pdf.

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