Michael Solender Named Americas Vice Chair and General Counsel of Ernst & Young LLP

Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:00pm EST

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Michael Solender Named Americas Vice Chair and General Counsel of Ernst &
Young LLP

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young LLP announced that Michael S.
Solender will join the firm on February 24 as the Americas Vice Chair and
General Counsel.  Mr. Solender replaces Kathryn A. Oberly, who was sworn in as
Associate Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals on January 19, 2009.

Mr. Solender was General Counsel and Senior Managing Director of The Bear
Stearns Companies Inc. from 2004 until 2008.  In 2008, he also served as
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Washington Mutual Inc. 
Prior to joining Bear Stearns, he was a partner at the law firm Arnold &
Porter and General Counsel of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,
where he received the Chairman's Award for distinguished service. 

"I have long admired Ernst & Young and am very pleased to join the
partnership," Mr. Solender said.  "I look forward to the opportunity to make a
contribution to the firm's continued success." 

"We are delighted to have Michael Solender join Ernst & Young as our General
Counsel," said Stephen Howe, the firm's Americas Managing Partner.  "He brings
a wide range of experience dealing with complex legal matters that will be of
great benefit to our firm."  

Mr. Solender received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Columbia
University.  Last fall, he joined the faculty of Yale Law School as a Senior
Research Scholar and Visiting Lecturer in Law.   

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Charles Perkins of Ernst & Young LLP, +1-201-872-1674, charlie.perkins@ey.com
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