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Perkins Coie Named Among Top Firms in Chambers USA 2006

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SEATTLE (June 2, 2006) Perkins Coie proudly announces that once again it has been ranked by Chambers & Partners, publishers of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, as a top law firm in the United States. Perkins Coie was recognized in the annual directory as a leader in 12 practices areas with top rankings in seven key markets across the country including Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho.

The rankings are the results of extensive surveys and interviews of in-house counsel and leading law firm partners. This year's rankings showcase a considerable increase over recognition from 2005. Last year, the firm was ranked in 19 areas with #1 placement in eight of those practice areas, compared to this year's rankings in 24 areas with #1 placement in 13 areas. In addition, last year, 49 attorneys were highly ranked with 16 attorneys being recognized as the leader in their practice areas. This year 55 attorneys received Chambers recognition, with 21 attorneys earning the #1 rank in their practice areas.

"It's an honor to be so highly regarded in so many areas," said Robert E. Giles, Managing Partner. "We can attribute much of our success to our clients, who bring us challenging and interesting work, and who expect us to deliver the best possible results."

In Washington, where the firm is headquartered, Perkins Coie received #1 rankings for its Corporate/Commercial, Employment, Environment, Immigration, Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation and Real Estate practices. In Alaska, the firm ranked #1 in its Employment and Environment, Energy & Resources practices. In Oregon, it ranked #1 in its Environment and Litigation practices. The firm also ranked #1 nationally for its Government and Transportation/Aviation practices.

Chambers & Partners, based in London, publishes directories that assess and rank the world's leading lawyers. Chambers USA was first introduced in 2003.

About Perkins Coie: With more than 650 lawyers in 14 offices across the United States and in China, Perkins Coie serves great companies ranging in size from start-ups to FORTUNE 100. Many of the firm's clients are market leaders in traditional industries and emerging technology markets.

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About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 950 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. We provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent start-ups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.