Porter Wright attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers in America

11 attorneys named 'Lawyers of the Year'

Aug 17, 2015, 09:00 ET from Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/-- Porter Wright is pleased to announce that 91 attorneys from across the firm's six offices located in Ohio, Florida and Washington, D.C., have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Eleven Porter Wright attorneys were named to Best Lawyers' Lawyers of the Year list. The Best Lawyers selection process is rigorous and comprehensive, involving detailed evaluations of attorneys by their peers.

Porter Wright attorneys included on the Best Lawyers list reflect 43 percent of the firm's attorneys, and includes 22 practice areas.

The firm offers special congratulations to Robert Kiger, Alvin McKenna, Terrance Miller, James Oliphant, T. Stephen Phillips and Jack R. Pigman who have been included on the Best Lawyers list for 30 years or more. Also, congratulations to Heather Forry and Fred Pompeani who appear on the list for the first time.

Complete listing of Porter Wright attorneys recognized by 2016 Best Lawyers in America:

Location

Attorney

Practice Area(s)

1st year listed

Cincinnati

David T. Croall

Employment Law – Management

Labor Law – Management

Litigation – Labor and Employment

2007

W. Kelly Johnson

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

2013

Holly D. Kozlowski

Patent Law

2006

James D. Liles

Litigation - Patent

Patent Law

2012

Marilyn J. Maag

Trusts and Estates

2006

T. Stephen Phillips

Trusts and Estates

1987

John S. Stith

Corporate Law

1993

Carolyn A. Taggart

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

2008

Cleveland

J. Philip Calabrese

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

2010

Michael A. Ellis

Corporate Law

2008

Donald Fisher

Banking and Finance Law

2013

Phillip E. Langer

Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights /Insolvency and Reorganization Law

1993

Rebecca Kopp Levine

Employment Law - Management

2015

Hugh E. McKay

Commercial Litigation

2007

Fred J. Pompeani

Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

2016

Leo M. Spellacy, Jr.

Commercial Litigation

2013

Tracey L. Turnbull

Commercial Litigation

2013

William R. Weir

Banking and Finance Law
Real Estate Law

2007

Columbus

John C. Beeler

Corporate Law

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

2005

James P. Botti

Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Finance Law

Commercial Transactions/UCC Law

Equipment Finance Law

Litigation – Banking and Finance

2007

John E. Brady

Real Estate Law

2001

Robert L. Brubaker

Environmental Law

Litigation - Environmental

1993

Brian Buzby

Construction Law

2013

Robert H. Cohen

Immigration Law

1995

Daniel R. Conway

Communications Law
Energy Law

2005

James D. Curphey

Commercial Litigation

Litigation – Intellectual Property

Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions

Litigation – Patent

2010

Joyce D. Edelman

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

2012

Andrew C. Emerson

Energy Law

2015

Theodore G. Fisher

Commercial Litigation

2013

Heather Forry

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

2016

Timothy E. Grady

Banking and Finance Law

Commercial Finance Law
Equipment Finance Law

Financial Services Regulation Law

1995

Brian D. Hall

Employment Law – Management

Litigation – Labor and Employment
Workers' Compensation Law – Employers

2010

Polly J. Harris

Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Litigation – Bankruptcy

2010

John C. Hartranft, Sr.

Banking and Finance Law

Financial Services Regulation Law

1995

Jeffrey T. Hayes

Corporate Law

2003

Richard J. Helmreich

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Litigation – ERISA

2006

C. Andrew Ireton, Jr.

Trusts and Estates

2013

Donald W. Jordan

Real Estate Law

2005

Robert C. Kiger

Real Estate Law

1983

Lori-Lou Kimm

Trusts and Estates

2001

James A. King

Commercial Litigation

Corporate Law

2008

Curtis A. Loveland

Corporate Law

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

1995

Melanie R. Martin-Jones

Copyright Law

Patent Law

Trademark Law

2010

Alvin J. McKenna

Employment Law – Management

Labor Law – Management

1987

J. Jeffrey McNealey

Environmental Law
Land Use and Zoning Law

1989

Richard C. McQuown

Corporate Law

2007

Mark K. Merkle, Jr.

Commercial Litigation

2010

Robert A. Meyer, Jr.

Land Use and Zoning Law

Litigation – Land Use and Zoning

Real Estate Law

2007

Dixon F. Miller

Corporate Law

2007

Terrance M. Miller

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

1987

Jennifer T. Mills

Banking and Finance Law

Litigation – Banking and Finance

2006

Scott E. North

Commercial Litigation

2012

James S. Oliphant

Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

1987

Jack R. Pigman

Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Litigation – Bankruptcy

1983

Fred G. Pressley, Jr.

Employment Law – Management

Labor Law – Management

Litigation – Labor & Employment

2007

James H. Prior

Banking and Finance Law

Equipment Finance Law

2008

Diane C. Reichwein

Employment Law – Management

Litigation – Labor and Employment
Workers' Compensation Law – Employers

2005

Donna M. Ruscitti

Copyright Law
Technology Law

2009

Christopher C. Russell

Workers' Compensation Law – Employers

2008

Joseph W. Ryan, Jr.

Litigation – Intellectual Property

Litigation – Real Estate
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

2007

Robert J. Schmidt, Jr.

Environmental Law

Litigation – Environmental
Water Law

2006

Christopher R. Schraff

Environmental Law

Litigation – Environmental

1991

Edward M. Segelken

Trusts and Estates

2006

Martin S. Seltzer

Environmental Law

1995

David Shouvlin

Commercial Litigation

Litigation – Intellectual Property

Litigation – Patent

2011

Mark S. Stemm

Employment Law – Management

Labor Law – Management

Litigation – Labor and Employment

2001

John M. Stephen

Employment Law – Management

Labor Law – Management

2005

H. Grant Stephenson

Banking and Finance Law
Equipment Finance Law

Financial Services Regulation Law

2006

Robert J. Tannous

Corporate Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

2001

Richard Terapak

Corporate Law

2010

Kathleen M. Trafford

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation

Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

1999

Robert W. Trafford

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation

Litigation – Banking and Finance

Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions

Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Litigation – Securities

1995

David A. Tumen

Tax Law

2003

Michael J. Underwood

Employment Law – Management

Labor Law – Management

Litigation – Labor and Employment

2008

Charles C. Warner

Employment Law – Management

Labor Law – Management

Litigation – Labor and Employment

1995

Franck G. Wobst

Employment Law – Management

2012

Thomas A Young

Commercial Litigation

2011

Jay A. Yurkiw

Commercial Litigation

2013

Dayton

William G. Deas

Litigation – Real Estate

Real Estate Law

1995

Caroline H. Gentry

Commercial Litigation

2013

Thomas A. Holton

Corporate Law

1995

Charles Y. Kidwell

Corporate Law
Health Care Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Non-Profit/Charities Law

2007

Jeffrey W. Morris

Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

2011

Walter Reynolds

Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency

and Reorganization Law

2006

Naples, Florida

W. Jeffrey Cecil

Real Estate Law

2008

Mary Beth M. Clary

Corporate Law
Securities/Capital Markets Law

Securities Regulation

2008

Jeffrey S. Kannensohn

Banking and Finance Law

Real Estate Law

2011

William H. Myers

Trusts and Estates

2009

Robert J. Stommel

Trusts and Estates

2007

Washington, D.C.

Judd Kessler

International Arbitration - Governmental

2012

Richard P. McHugh

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

2012

Porter Wright named Best Lawyers' 2016 Lawyers of the Year:

Attorney

Specialty

Metro Area

James Botti

Equipment Finance Law

Columbus

Mary Beth Clary

Corporate Law

Naples

David Croall

Labor Law - Management

Cincinnati

Timothy Grady

Financial Services Regulation Law

Columbus

Richard Helmreich

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Columbus

James Liles

Litigation - Patent

Cincinnati

Curtis Loveland

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Columbus

Melanie R. Martin-Jones

Copyright Law

Columbus

Robert Meyer

Litigation – Land Use & Zoning

Cincinnati

Diane Reichwein

Litigation – Labor & Employment

Columbus

Walter Reynolds

Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law

Dayton

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