Nineteen Environmental Law Network Firms Recognized by U.S. News Best Lawyers

Environmental Law Network Recognized by Best Lawyers

January 12, 2021; CLEVELAND, OH – The Environmental Law Network (ELN) is pleased to announce that nineteen of ELN’s member law firms were recognized as The Best Lawyers in America and U.S. News Best Law Firms

Lawyers named to The Best Lawyers in America© publication were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 146 practice areas. For the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in the inclusion of more than 62,000 lawyers, or approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice in the United States.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected lawyer ranking service in the world. For almost 40 years, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the lawyers best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties.  Best Lawyers lists are published in leading local, regional, and national publications across the globe.

The following ELN members have been listed in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©:

Alabama

Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • J. Alan Truitt – Environment Law, Energy Law, Litigation – Environmental, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; Lawyer of the Year, 2022
  • D. Bart Turner –Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental; Natural Resources; Water Law; Lawyer of the Year, 2022

Arkansas

PPGMR Law, PLLC – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Julie DeWoody Greathouse – Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Jamie Fugitt – Business Organizations (including LLC’s and Partnerships), Corporate Law
  • G. Alan Perkins – Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, Oil and Gas Law
  • John F. Peiserich – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • James D. Rankin, III – Oil and Gas Law
  • Brian H. Ratcliff – Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Arizona

Hiser Joy – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022           

  • Trevor Burggraff – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental; Natural Resources Law
  • Eric L. Hiser – Administrative/Regulatory Law Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Brandon Curtis – Ones to Watch, 2021; Environmental Law

California

Bick Law, LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Alan N. Bick – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental; Mass Tort Litigation  

Somach Simmons & Dunn – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Stuart L. Somach – Energy Law; Natural Resources; Water Law

Colorado

Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Thomas Bloomfield – Environmental Law; Energy Regulatory Law
  • Sara Dutschke – Lawyer of the Year 2022; Native American Law
  • Polly Jessen – Lawyer of the Year 2022; Construction Law; Environmental Law
  • Stephen Kaplan – Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Peter Kirsch – Litigation – Environmental
  • Lori Potter – Litigation – Environmental 
  • Sarah Rockwell – Lawyer of the Year 2022;
  • Charles Spitulnik – Railroad Law; Transportation Law
  • Heather Haney – Ones to Watch 2022

Somach Simmons & Dunn – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Sarah A. Klahn – Lawyer of the Year 2022; Water Law

District of Columbia

Bergeson & Campbell PC – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022            

  • Lynn Bergeson – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental

Florida

Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Frederick L. Aschauer – Natural Resources Law
  • Michelle Diffenderfer – Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice  
  • Terry E. Lewis –Environmental Law, Environmental – Litigation
  • R. Steven Lewis – Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation and Natural Resources Law
  • Stephen A. Walker – Environmental Law, Environmental- Litigation  
  • Anne Longman – Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation and Natural Resources Law
  • Brenna M. Durden – Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law and Real Estate Litigation
  • Wayne E. Flowers – Lawyer of the Year, 2022; Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation and Water Law
  • James W. Linn – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Management Law
  • Alfred J. Malefatto – Lawyer of the Year, 2022; Environmental Law

Georgia

Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Gregory W. Blount – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Douglas E. Cloud – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Shelly Jacobs Ellerhorst – Litigation – Environmental
  • Kimberley J. Hale – Environmental Law
  • W. Scott Laseter – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • David M. Meezan –Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Robert D. “Bob” Mowrey – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
  • E. Petyon Nunez – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
  • Jonathan E. Wells – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • C. Max Zygmont – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Helen J. Barnes – Ones to Watch, 2021 – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental

Illinois

Nijman Franzetti LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Susan E. Brice – Arbitration; Environmental Law; Food and Beverage Law; Mediation  
  • Susan M. Franzetti – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
  • Jennifer T. Nijman – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • E. Lynn Grayson –Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law

Indiana

Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Tonya J. Bond – Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Insurance
  • Christopher J. Braun – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • S. Curtis DeVoe – Environmental Law
  • Jeffrey D. Featherstun – Lawyer of the Year, Insurance Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Insurance 
  • Gregory M. Gotwald – Insurance Law
  • Sean M. Hirschten – Insurance Law
  • Ryan T. Leagre – Commercial Litigation
  • Brett E. Nelson – Insurance Law
  • George M. Plews – Environmental Law- Insurance Law
  • Peter M. Racher – Lawyer of the Year – Litigation – Environmental
  • Todd G. Relue – Insurance Law
  • Amy E. Romig – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Mary Ann F. Saggese – Environmental Law
  • Alexandra S. Sylvia – Real Estate Law
  • Jeffrey D. Claflin – Litigation – Environmental

New Jersey

Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • Kate B. Campbell – Litigation – Environmental; Environmental Law

Michigan

Zausmer, P.C. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Michael L. Caldwell – Lawyer of the Year; Litigation – Environmental
  • Mark Zausmer – Lawyer of the Year – Litigation – Environmental

New Mexico

Montgomery & Andrews, P.A. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Randy S. Bartell – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction; Personal Injury Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Stephen S. Hamilton – Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • J. Brent Moore – Administrative/Regulatory Law Government Relations Practice, Insurance Law
  • Louis Rose – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Sharon T. Shaheen – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Environmental Law; Natura Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law  
  • Jeffrey Wechsler – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental; Water Law

New York

Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Michael S. Bogin – Environmental Law
  • Mark A. Chertok – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Jeffrey B. Gracer – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Elizabeth Knauer – Environmental Law
  • David Paget – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Dan Riesel – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental

Ohio

McMahon DeGulis, LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Greg DeGulis – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
  • Wendy Lavey – Environmental Law
  • Lou McMahon – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental; Water Law
  • Mike McMahon – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
  • Dave Nash – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental; Energy Regulatory Law
  • Steve Daniels – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Pennsylvania

Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Rodd W. Bender – Environmental Law
  • Kate Campbell – Environmental Litigation; Environmental Law
  • Robert D. Fox – Environmental Law
  • Brenda Hustis Gotanda – Environmental Law
  • John F. Gullace – Best Lawer, 2022; Litigation – Environmental; Environmental Law  
  • Jill Hyman Kaplan – Environmental Law
  • Bruce S. Katcher – Environmental Law
  • Carol F. McCabe – Best Lawyer, 2022; Energy Regulatory Law, Environmental Law
  • Michael M. Meloy – Environmental Law
  • Nicole R. Moshang – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental  
  • Jonathan H. Spergel – Environmental Law
  • Neil S. Witkes – Litigation – Environmental; Environmental Law
  • Michael Dillon – Ones to Watch 2021; Environmental Law
  • Thomas W. Duncan – Ones to Watch 2022; Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
  • Diana A. Silva – Ones to Watch 2021; Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental

Texas

Guida, Slavich & Flores, P. C. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Joseph F. Guida – Environmental Law
  • Paul A. Seals – Environmental Law
  • John Slavich – Environmental Law

UTAH

Smith Hartvigsen, PLLC – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2022

  • Jeffry R. Gittins – Real Estate Law; Water Law
  • David B. Hartvigsen – Environmental Law, Water Law
  • J. Craig Smith – Commercial Litigation; Environmental Law; Natural Resources; Water Law
  • Adam S. Long – Ones to Watch 2021 – Government Relations Practice; Real Estate Law

Canada

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP – Law Firm of the Year – 2022

  • Julie Abouchar – Aboriginal Law; Energy Law; Environmental Law
  • Charles J. Birchall – Aboriginal Law; Environmental Law
  • Richard Butler – Environmental Law
  • John Donihee – Aboriginal Law
  • Matthew Gardner – Environmental Law
  • John Georgakopoulos – Environmental Law
  • Marc McAree – Environmental Law
  • Donna Shier – Environmental Law
  • Jacquelyn Stevens – Environmental Law
  • Joanna Vince – Environmental Law

About ELN

The Environmental Law Network (ELN) is the first environmental law firm network that makes local representation available nationwide. Through ELN, more than 250 environmental attorneys share ideas, information, experiences, and contacts to increase the value of legal representation for their respective clients. ELN also has foreign affiliates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom. Leaders in each of the member firms average more than 20 years of experience in the field.

For more information, contact Greg DeGulis, Chair of the Environmental Law Network at [email protected] or by calling 216-367-1403.

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