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Al Brayton Named President of Public Justice Foundation

Wins Public Justice Enhancement Award

SEATTLE, WA -- July 19, 2006 -- Noted trial lawyer Alan R. Brayton of Brayton Purcell was awarded the Larry Trattler Public Justice Enhancement Award yesterday at the Public Justice Foundation's annual meeting. The Public Justice Foundation is the nonprofit parent of Public Justice, a national public interest law firm dedicated to using trial lawyers' skills to advance the public good. The award is given each year to the person who recruits the most new members. Mr. Brayton recruited 114 new Foundation members in 2005.

Mr. Brayton was also elected President of the Public Justice Foundation this week. An enthusiastic supporter of Public Justice for over 14 years, he has served on The Foundation's Board of Directors for nine years, and on the Executive Committee of The Public Justice Foundation since 2001.

"Al is one of our nation's preeminent trial lawyers and a tireless advocate for public justice," said outgoing President Thomas M. Dempsey of the Law Offices of Thomas M. Dempsey in Los Angeles. "We are thrilled to have him as our next president." "The fact that Al recruited more members than anyone else in 2005 is a testament to his passion and dedication for Public Justice" he later added. "He is deeply committed to the work that we do."

A Background of Service and Accomplishment

Mr. Brayton is an accomplished lawyer who specializes in personal injury, products liability, and mass tort litigation. He also has a national reputation as one of the foremost attorneys representing victims of asbestos-related disease. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California, has been active in the leadership of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association where he served on its leadership council, as co-chair of the ABA Asbestos Task Force, Dean of the National Trial Academy, chair of the Plaintiffs' Involvement Task Force and in many other positions.

A 1971 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Mr. Brayton spent twelve years on active duty in the USAF. He received his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976, and an M.S. in Finance from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1972.

The Larry Trattler Award honors the memory of Colorado trial lawyer and former Public Justice Foundation Vice President Larry Trattler, who died in 2001. He was an exceptional trial lawyer who practiced in the areas of personal injury, products liability, professional negligence and wrongful death. He was also active in many state and national professional organizations.

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