National Legal Aid & Defender Association Honors Mark MacDougall for Outstanding Pro Bono Service

(Washington, D.C.) – The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) has presented its 2006 Exemplar Award to Mark J. MacDougall, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and to William B. Lytton, executive vice president and chief legal officer of Tyco International Ltd. The award was presented last night at the NLADA Exemplar Awards Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Since 1991, the NLADA has gathered annually at a dinner to pay tribute to those lawyers who labor tirelessly to improve the quality of representation for people who are unable to pay for legal assistance, and to salute outstanding individuals who set an example by their extraordinary dedication, achievement, leadership and vision in this regard.

“Both Mr. Lytton and Mr. MacDougall have made multiple significant contributions to the equal justice community through their pro bono work and support,” said Jo-Ann Wallace, NLADA’s president and CEO. “Mr. MacDougall’s voluntary efforts in defending those who face possible death sentences but do not have the means or resources to afford counsel show a dedication and concern for his fellow man that is admired by all.”

Mr. MacDougall’s practice focuses on white collar defense and on the representation of individuals and institutions in responding to criminal investigations, civil claims and other legal challenges that cross international borders. His work includes defending clients in criminal and administrative actions brought by the U.S. government and in investigations by foreign law enforcement agencies. He has handled numerous noteworthy cases in the past decade and regularly represents corporate and individual clients facing charges of public corruption, financial fraud, money laundering and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Mr. MacDougall also devotes considerable time to the pro bono trial representation of indigent defendants facing the death penalty, and in 2004 received the Foot Soldier in the Sands award from the NAACP in recognition of his work.

About the NLADA

Founded in 1911, The National Legal Aid & Defender Association is the oldest and largest national, nonprofit membership organization devoting all of its resources to advocating equal access to justice for all people. NLADA champions effective legal assistance for people who cannot afford counsel, serves as a collective voice for both civil legal services and public defense services throughout the nation, and provides a wide range of services and benefits to its individual and organizational members.

About Akin Gump

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 900 lawyers with offices in Austin, Brussels, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Taipei and Washington. The firm has a diversified practice and represents regional, national and international clients in a wide range of areas, including antitrust; appellate; banking and finance; capital markets; communications and information technology; corporate and securities; corporate governance; employee benefits; energy; entertainment and media; environmental; estate planning, wealth transfer and probate; financial restructuring; global security; government contracts; health; insurance; intellectual property; international trade; investment funds; labor and employment; land use; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; private equity; privatization; project development and finance; public law and policy; real estate development and finance; Russia/CIS; tax; and technology.

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