updated 12/21/2010 5:16:09 PM ET 2010-12-21T22:16:09

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- City National Bank, California's Premier Private and Business Bank®, today announced that it has hired attorney Leigh Shipp Muniz as vice president and chief fiduciary officer for its Personal Trust Services division, which is part of the bank's Wealth Management Services (WMS) group.

Muniz serves as a key resource to personal trust officers for account acceptance and account administration and is responsible for providing leadership on policies and procedures that are consistent with evolving legal and regulatory authority.

Muniz will report to Mike Dowling, manager of Personal Trust at City National Bank.

"We are committed to providing state of the art wealth advice and investment solutions for our clients. Leigh's hands-on experience as a trust and estate attorney advising high-net-worth clients with wealth transfer planning solutions will help us deliver on our commitment," said Dowling.

Most recently, Muniz was an attorney at Davis & Whalen LLP where she specialized in estate planning for high-net-worth individuals, including trusts and estates law, taxation and probate administration. She also assisted clients with the creation of private foundations and conferred on intergenerational family business planning.

(For an image of Muniz, go to http://www.cnb.com/images/photos/Leigh-Shipp.jpg )

Muniz received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School. She also received a Masters of Law degree (LL.M.) in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.

Muniz serves as an Executive Committee member for the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Trusts and Estates Section, in addition to serving as a member of the Trusts and Estates Section for the State Bar of California.     

About City National

City National Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corporation (NYSE:CYN). It is backed by $21.8 billion in total assets, and provides banking, investment and trust services through 74 offices, including 17 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada and New York City.

The company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $56.9 billion in client investment assets, including nearly $36 billion under direct management.

For more information about City National, visit the company's Website at cnb.com.

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