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Kaufman & Canoles Elects William R. Van Buren III Chairman

HAMPTON ROADS, VA - FEBRUARY 2008 - Kaufman & Canoles is pleased to announce that WILLIAM R. VAN BUREN was elected the next Chairman of its Executive Committee and President of the law firm effective April 1, 2008.

The election of Van Buren as the new Chairman follows GUS J. JAMES' decision to step down after serving as chairman for 16 years.

'It has been my privilege to serve as Chairman of the firm while it has grown and prospered. In the last 10 years we have opened four offices and added more than 50 lawyers. I am delighted that Bill Van Buren is to be our new Chairman and am confident that the firm will grow and reach new heights of success under his leadership.' said James.

'I feel very honored to be entrusted with this important responsibility and for the opportunity to work with the firm’s Executive Committee in developing our strategy. I look forward to building on the great foundation that Gus James has built for this firm.” In my more than 26 years at Kaufman & Canoles, I’ve seen our practice areas and strengths expand as we adapt to handle increasingly complex legal matters. We will always be innovative and ready to meet any challenge as the law evolves.” said Van Buren.

Bill Van Buren, together with the other members of the Executive Committee, are charged with the management of the Firm, including overseeing Firm standards for client management, the quality of legal services, professional development, and civic responsibility. Increasingly important is managing change in a rapidly moving business environment--something which Kaufman & Canoles has done very successfully since its founding in 1919.

Kaufman & Canoles is a full-service business law firm with 130 attorneys and 200 members of its support staff. The firm maintains offices in Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.