Chambliss Attorneys Selected For Best Lawyers In America

  • Thursday, August 20, 2020

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.announced Best Lawyers in America  named six attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year" in the Chattanooga area among the 23 selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021.

 Eight Chambliss attorneys were named to the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list.

Attorney Name

2021 Lawyer of the Year, Chattanooga, Practice Area

William M. Barker


Richard W. Bethea, Jr.

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

J. Nelson Irvine

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Harold L. North, Jr.

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and
Reorganization Law

Mark Turner

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Paul Weidlich

Patent Law


Each of these lawyers represents a wide variety of clients across the nation on matters ranging from elder law to product liability disputes. Justice William M. Barker focuses his practice on arbitration and mediation. Richard W. Bethea is a litigator, representing and defending clients in a variety of areas: intellectual property, patent, commercial, and product liability. Harold L. North counsels clients on bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights, as well as commercial litigation matters. Clients turn to J. Nelson Irvine for matters in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and nonprofit and charities law. Mark Turner concentrates his practice on business financing and transactions. Paul Weidlich counsels clients on intellectual property matters including copyright, patent, and trademark law.


Best Lawyers selects only one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area as the "Lawyer of the Year." The publication selects lawyers based on voting averages received during the peer review assessments. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect each lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.


Best Lawyers selected eight Chambliss attorneys for the first edition of  Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch:


Attorney Name

Practice Area

Stephen Adams

Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law

Charles W. Gilbreath II

Labor and Employment Law - Management

Willa Kalaidjian

Corporate Law, Venture Capital Law

Calvin Marshall

Corporate Law, Health Care Law

Leah Mitchell McElmoyl

Elder Law, Real Estate Law

Martha Culp Millener

Real Estate Law

Jed Roebuck

Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Kirby Yost

Land Use and Zoning, Real Estate Law


Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch attorneys are extraordinary attorneys who have been in private practice for less than 10 years in the U.S.  These attorneys are typically those who have been in practice for five to nine years and have displayed outstanding professional excellence. This recognition is based on peer review, as well.


"We are proud of the professionalism and service our attorneys show our clients every day. Each of the individuals recognized are very deserving of the acknowledgement," said President Mark Cunningham. "It is also exciting to see several of our up and coming leaders recognized in the inaugural edition for Ones to Watch. Our next generation of leaders at Chambliss provide high quality solutions and are actively pursuing ways to expand and enhance our client services."


Best Lawyers recognized 23 Chambliss attorneys in The Best Lawyers in America:


Attorney Name

Practice Area

William P. Aiken

Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law

T. Maxfield Bahner

Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation -
Antitrust, Litigation - First Amendment

William M. Barker

Arbitration, Mediation

Richard W. Bethea

Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation -
Patent, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Mark A. Cunningham

Health Care Law

James F. Exum III

Insurance Law

Timothy M. Gibbons

Construction Law

David J. Hill

Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademark Law

Rosemarie L. Hill

Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Antitrust, Litigation -
Labor and Employment

Frederick L. Hitchcock

Energy Law

Richard T. Hudson

Real Estate Law

J. Nelson Irvine

Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Nonprofit /
Charities Law

Anthony A. Jackson

Litigation - First Amendment

John G. Jackson

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Hugh J. Moore

Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation -

Harold L. North, Jr.

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and
Reorganization Law

Dana B. Perry

Elder Law, Trusts and Estates

William H. Pickering

Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management,
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Michael N. St. Charles

Real Estate Law

Mark Turner

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships),
Real Estate Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Paul S. Weidlich

Patent Law

Gregory D. Willett

Trusts and Estates

Jay A. Young

Banking and Finance Law, Project Finance Law

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