248 Baker Donelson Attorneys Included In The Best Lawyers In America 2015 Listing

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Baker Donelson announced that 248 of its attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. 

Twenty-six of the Firm's attorneys were also recognized by Best Lawyers as "Lawyers of the Year," a designation given to a select group of individuals in high-profile specialties in large legal communities. Only a single attorney in each specialty in each community is honored.

In addition to the individual attorneys recognized, Baker Donelson is top-listed in the nation in nine practice areas: Commercial Finance Law, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Litigation – Construction, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants and Transportation Law.

Baker Donelson's 20 Chattanooga attorneys named to the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers are:

Kenneth C. Beckman: Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Public Finance Law, Real Estate Law, and Securitization and Structured Finance Law;
Joe A. Conner: Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Energy Law, Litigation – Construction, and Litigation – Real Estate;
Robert C. Divine: Immigration Law;
Richard D. Faulkner Jr.: Real Estate Law;
Richard B. Gossett: Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) and Litigation – Bankruptcy;
Russell W. Gray: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation  – Labor and Employment;
Carl E. Hartley: Corporate Law, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Non-Profit/Charities Law, and Tax Law;
Thomas O. Helton: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants;
Cameron S. Hill: Litigation - Construction;
Micheline K. Johnson: Trademark Law;
James H. Levine: Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships);
Virginia C. Love: Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, and Trusts and Estates;
Joshua Powers: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants;
Steve Powers: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and Transportation Law;
Susan Elliott Rich: Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law, and Securitization and Structured Finance Law;
William E. Robinson: Employee Benefits Law;
Ross I. Schram III: Real Estate Law;
Louann P. Smith: Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Public Finance Law, and Securitization and Structured Finance Law;
Jerry Stauffer: Commercial Litigation and Corporate Law; and
Philip B. Whitaker: Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Law, and Trusts and Estates.

Four of the Firm's Chattanooga attorneys were also named Best Lawyers' 2014 "Lawyers of the Year":

Kenneth C. Beckman, Chattanooga Mergers and Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year" and Chattanooga Securitization and Structured Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" ;
Carl E. Hartley, Chattanooga Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year";
Susan E. Rich, Chattanooga Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year"; and
William E. Robinson, Chattanooga Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law "Lawyer of the Year".

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are based on exhaustive peer-review surveys in which over 50,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. The publication now covers almost 70 countries and 137 practice areas, and Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

 
 



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