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    Arent Fox Partners David Osnos and Richard Brand Featured in The Washingtonian"How the Wizards Were Won"

    August 23, 2010

    July 1, 2010 - Arent Fox partners David Osnos and Richard Brand were named in an article appearing in The Washingtonian covering the sale of the Washington Wizards NBA franchise. Arent Fox LLP represented the family of the late legendary Washington, DC, sports owner and philanthropist Abe Pollin (Irene Pollin and sons Robert and James) in finalizing the sale of the Washington Wizards to Lincoln Holdings LLC.

    ‘It took nearly seven months and a small army of lawyers. Six attorneys at Arent Fox, led by partner Richard Brand and counsel David Osnos, represented the Pollin estate. … Since the negotiations began in November, they were a round-the-clock endeavor for both legal teams. Many meetings were held, some at Arent Fox's offices at Connecticut Avenue and L Street, others in a Kirkland & Ellis conference room overlooking the White House. … For the lawyers, it was personal. Osnos has been a key player in Pollin's sports empire, even before the 1964 purchase of the Baltimore Bullets, which ultimately became the Washington Wizards. In 1972, he helped Pollin buy the Capitals. Brand joined tine duo when Osnos needed a second-in-command on the development of Pollin's Verizon Center.