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LaCount Law Founder Stephen LaCount Honored by AeA for Community Service

IRVINE, California, May 11, 2007 (Business Wire) – On Thursday, May 10, 2007, Stephen LaCount, attorney and founder of LaCount Law, a boutique firm that represents some of Orange County’s leading technology companies, was awarded the prestigious Greg Ross Community Service Award at the 14th Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards presented by AeA’s Orange County & Inland Empire Council. The annual awards event, held this year at The Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach, CA, recognizes products, people and business processes that drive innovation in Orange County.

The Greg Ross Community Service award is named after the late Greg Ross who, as a partner in Ernst & Young’s Orange County office, was a prominent leader in the local technology business community before succumbing to cancer in 1998. The award is presented each year to individuals who have demonstrated a long standing commitment and selfless contribution to Orange County’s high tech community.

As an attorney specializing in national and international transactions and technology transfer involving information technology and software, telecommunications, internet and ecommerce, media, life sciences and other advanced technologies, Stephen LaCount has extensive experience representing a broad range of entrepreneurs and has served as in-house counsel with a number of prominent multinationals, including Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and Esterline Technologies. In 1987, he relocated from Fairfield, Connecticut to Irvine, California to join AST Research, Inc., where he served as general counsel for three years before entering private practice with Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth (1990-1992), Arter & Hadden LLP (1992-2003), and Nixon Peabody LLP (2003-2005).

Mr. LaCount, a member in good standing of the state bars of New York and California, participated for many years on the Executive Council of the American Electronics Association in Orange County, where he co-founded the AeA High-Tech Innovation Awards. In addition to his professional and trade association involvement, Mr. LaCount is active in Junior Achievement of Orange County, an advisor to the Harvey Mudd College Entrepreneur Network (the engineering school of the Claremont colleges), and a long-standing member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Southern California District Export Council which advises American entrepreneurs and companies seeking to do business abroad.

“I am honored and thrilled to have received the Greg Ross Community Service Award,” stated LaCount. “In prior years, the Greg Ross Award has been given to two mentors of mine that I greatly admire – Nick Yocca and Louis Knobbe. I am humbled to be a recipient, and look forward to serving Orange County’s high tech community for many years to come.”

To learn more about Stephen LaCount, visit www.lacountlaw.com.

To learn more about AeA, visit www.aeanet.org/orangecounty.

About LaCount Law
Stephen LaCount is one of Southern California's best-known tech transactions and international trade and distribution lawyers. During his 30-year career as an in-house counsel and law firm partner, he has represented clients ranging from start-up entrepreneurs to company general counsels. LaCount Law specializes in national and international transactions and technology transfer involving information technology and software, telecommunications, internet and ecommerce, media, life sciences and other advanced technologies.

About AeA
AeA is the largest high-tech trade association in the U.S. and represents all segments of the technology industry. Our mission is to help our member companies grow and improve their business. Internationally, AeA represents 2,500 companies with 1.8 million employees. In Orange County & the Inland Empire, AeA represents 140 member companies with worldwide revenue of more than $8 billion and more than 160,000 employees in the United States and globally. Information on the Orange County & Inland Empire Council can be found at www.aeanet.org/orangecounty.

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