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WashingtonFirst And Alliance Receive Regulatory Approvals For Merger

WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. (OTCBB: WFBI) and Alliance Bankshares Corporation (NASDAQ: ABVA) announced that they have received all regulatory approvals from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Virginia State Corporation Commission required by the Agreement and Plan of Reorganization, dated as of May 3, 2012, by and between WashingtonFirst, Alliance and Alliance Bank Corporation, as amended, pursuant to which Alliance will merge with and into WashingtonFirst, with WashingtonFirst surviving the merger. The merger remains subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including, but not limited to, approval of the shareholders of each of WashingtonFirst and Alliance and the consummation of WashingtonFirst’s capital raising transaction. The shareholders of WashingtonFirst and Alliance are scheduled to vote on the merger at special meetings to be held on December 17, 2012 and December 19, 2012, respectively.

The reorganization agreement also provides for the merger of Alliance’s financial institution subsidiary, Alliance Bank Corporation, with and into WashingtonFirst’s financial institution subsidiary, WashingtonFirst Bank, with WashingtonFirst Bank being the surviving entity.

Subject to satisfaction of the remaining closing conditions, the merger of WashingtonFirst and Alliance is expected to close in December 2012.

Following the completion of the merger, the exchange agent will send a form letter of transmittal to Alliance shareholders containing instructions for use in effecting the surrender of their stock certificates in exchange for the merger consideration.

About the Companies:

WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. is headquartered in Reston, Virginia and is the holding company for WashingtonFirst Bank, which commenced operations in 2004. WashingtonFirst Bank, which focuses on providing quality, tailored services to its customers, conducts a full service commercial banking operation through ten offices, with four located in Northern Virginia, three in Maryland and three in the District of Columbia. For more information about WFBI, please visit: .

Alliance Bankshares Corporation is the holding company for Alliance Bank, which commenced operations in 1998. Alliance Bank is headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, and places special emphasis on serving the needs of individuals, small and medium size businesses and professional concerns in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area through six offices located in Northern Virginia. For more information about Alliance, please visit: .

Cautionary Statements About Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements of the goals, intentions, and expectations of WashingtonFirst and Alliance as to future trends, plans, events, results of operations and policies and regarding general economic conditions. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the expected closing date for the merger. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by use of words such as “may,” “will,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “plans,” “estimates,” “potential,” “continue,” “should,” and similar words or phrases. These statements are based upon the beliefs of the respective managements of WashingtonFirst and Alliance as to judgments about the ability of the parties to successfully consummate the merger and other conditions which, by their nature, are not susceptible to accurate forecast and are subject to significant uncertainty. Factors that could cause results and outcomes to differ materially include, among others, the ability to obtain required shareholder approvals; the ability to complete the merger as expected and within the expected timeframe; and the possibility that one or more of the conditions to the consummation of the merger, including the completion of a capital raising transaction by WashingtonFirst, may not be satisfied. Because of these uncertainties and the assumptions on which this discussion and the forward-looking statements are based, actual future operations and results in the future may differ materially from those indicated herein. Readers are cautioned against placing undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future performance. WashingtonFirst and Alliance assume no obligation to revise, update, or clarify forward-looking statements to reflect events or conditions after the date of this release.

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