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Baker Donelson Expands Alabama Presence with Move into Montgomery

Dennis Nabors Joins Firm's Nationally Recognized Health Practice
(Birmingham, AL/April 11, 2011) The law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has grown its presence in Alabama with the establishment of an office in Montgomery.

"We're committed to playing a key role in Alabama's future, and launching a presence in the state's capital is important to that," said Timothy M. Lupinacci, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson's Alabama offices. "This marks a significant step in our plan for strategic growth and continued expansion of our service offerings in Alabama."

Leading the Firm's Montgomery location is Dennis Nabors, who joins Baker Donelson as a shareholder. Mr. Nabors focuses his practice in health care law and related public policy issues, and advises health care clients such as hospital systems, long term care companies, home health agencies, hospice agencies, Medicaid billing agencies and physician groups. He previously served as Chief of Staff to Governor Guy Hunt, and was Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama White Collar Crime and Civil Rights divisions, City Attorney for Montgomery and the Executive Vice President and Chief Lobbyist for the Alabama Hospital Association.

"I was interested in joining Baker Donelson because of the Firm's broad reach both geographically and across practice areas," said Mr. Nabors. "Beyond the additional resources that come with being part of a law firm with 560-plus attorneys in 15 offices across five states and in Washington, D.C., Baker Donelson's outstanding reputation made this move a clear choice for me."

"We're very pleased to add someone of Dennis's caliber to the Firm," noted Mr. Lupinacci. "He will be a valuable addition to our nationally recognized health care team, and brings a wealth of experience in public policy issues related to health law."

Baker Donelson traces its Alabama roots to 1928, when Abe Berkowitz began practicing law in Birmingham. In 1950, Mr. Berkowitz was joined by Arnold Lefkovits, who later became a partner, and the firm became known as Berkowitz & Lefkovits. The firm grew significantly during the Civil Rights Movement when Mr. Berkowitz, who was an active advocate for civil rights, brought in a number of other Birmingham attorneys whose extensive civil rights activities led to them being forced out of their previous positions. In the ensuing decades, the Berkowitz firm continued to grow, reaching more than 60 attorneys in 2003, when the firm merged with Baker Donelson. The Firm's Birmingham office now boasts nearly 70 attorneys.

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