Twenty One Firms Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and U.S. News Best Law Firms

October 1, 2019; CLEVELAND, OH – The Environmental Law Network (ELN) is pleased to announce that twenty-one 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 2020 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 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©:

Alabama

Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • J. Alan Truitt – Lawyer of the Year 2020;  Environment Law, Energy Law, Litigation – Environmental, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • D. Bart Turner –Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental

Arkansas

PPGMR Law, PLLC

  • Julie DeWoody Greathouse – Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Brian H. Ratcliff – Lawyer of the Year 2020; Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • G. Alan Perkins – Lawyer of the Year 2020; Energy Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, Oil and Gas Law
  • John F. Peiserich – Lawyer of the Year 2020; Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • James D. Rankin, III – Oil and Gas Law

Arizona

Jorden Hiser & Joy, PLC – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • Eric L. Hiser – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Douglas A. Jorden – Lawyer of the Year 2020; Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning

California

Bick Law, LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • Alan N. Bick – Environmental Law

District of Columbia

Bergeson & Campbell PC – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • Lynn Bergeson – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental

Florida

Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • Terry E. Lewis – Lawyer of the Year; Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation
  • R. Steven Lewis – Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation and Natural Resources Law
  • Stephen A. Walker – Lawyer of the Year; Environmental Litigation  
  • Anne Longman – Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation and Natural Resources Law
  • Brenna M. Durden – Lawyer of the Year; Real Estate Law and Real Estate Litigation
  •  Wayne E. Flowers – Lawyer of the Year; Environmental Law and Water Law
  • James W. Linn – Lawyer of the Year; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Alfred J. Malefatto – Environmental Law
  • Frederick L. Aschauer – Natural Resources Law

Georgia

Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • W. Scott Laseter – Lawyer of the Year 2020; Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • David M. Meezan – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Robert W. Mowrey – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • E. Peyton Nunez – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Jonathan E. Wells – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental

Illinois

Nijman Franzetti LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • Susan M. Franzetti – Lawyer of the Year 2020 – Environmental Law
  • Jennifer Nijman – Lawyer of the Year 2020 – Litigation Environmental
  • E. Lynn Grayson – Natural Resources – Environmetnal

Indiana

Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • Chris Braun – Lawyer of the Year 2020 – Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation
  • Curtis Devoe – Environmental Law
  • George M. Plews – Environmental Law, Insurance Law
  • Amy E. Romig – Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation
  • Mary F. Saggese – Environmental Law
  • Tonya J. Bond – Environmental Litigation, Insurance Litigation
  • Jeffrey D. Featherstun – Environmental Litigation, Insurance Litigation
  • Peter M. Racher – Environmental Litigation
  • Jeffrey D. Claflin – Environmental Litigation
  • Alexandra S. Sylvia – Real Estate Law
  • Greg Gotwald – Insurance Litigation
  • Brett El. Nelson – Insurance Litigation

New Jersey

Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • Bruce S. Katcher – Environmental Law

Michigan

Zausmer, P.C. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • Michael L. Caldwell – Litigation – Environmental

Minnesota

The Environmental Law Group – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • William P. (Bill) Hefner – Lawyer of the Year 2020 – Environmental Law

New Mexico

Montgomery & Andrews, P.A. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • Randy S. Bartell – Commercial Litigation
  • Stephen S. Hamilton – Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Edmund H. Kendrick – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Mining Law
  • Gary Kilpatric – Government Relations Practice
  • Nancy M. King – Government Relations Practice
  • J. Brent Moore – Government Relations Practice
  • Thomas W. Olson – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Health Care Law, Mining Law
  • Louis Rose – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Jeffrey Wechsler – Administrative/Regulatory Law

New York

Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C. U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • 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
  • Kathy Robb – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental

Ohio

McMahon DeGulis, LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • Mike McMahon – Environmental Law and Litigation – Environmental
  • Greg DeGulis – Lawyer of the Year 2020; Environmental Law and Litigation – Environmental
  • Dave Nash –  Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, and Energy Regulatory Law
  • Lou McMahon – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental, and Water Law
  • Wendy Lavey – Environmental Law
  • Keely O’Bryan – Environmental Law and Litigation – Environmental

Oregon

McDowell, Rackner, Gibson, P.C. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • Lisa F. Rackner – Lawyer of the Year 2020; Administrative/Regulatory Law, Communications Law, Energy Law
  • Kirk H. Gibson – Energy Law, Oil and Gas Law
  • Katherine A. McDowell – Lawyer of the Year 2020’; Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Pennsylvania

Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • Rodd W. Bender – Environmental Law
  • Kate Campbell – Environmental Litigation
  • Bart E. Cassidy – Lawyer of the Year 2020; Energy regulatory Law, Environmental Law
  • Robert D. Fox – Environmental Law
  • Marc E. Gold – Environmental Law
  • Brenda Hustis Gotanda – Environmental Law
  • John F. Gullace – Litigation – Environmental
  • Jill Hyman Kaplan – Environmental Law
  • Joseph M. Manko – Arbitration, Environmental Law, Mediation
  • Carol F. McCabe – Energy Regulatory Law, Environmental Law
  • Michael M. Meloy – Environmental Law
  • Jonathan E. Rinde – Environmental Law
  • Jonathan H. Spergel – Environmental Law
  • Neil S. Witkes – Litigation – Environmental

Texas

Guida, Slavich & Flores, P. C. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • John Slavich – Lawyer of the Year 2020; Environmental Law
  • Paul Seals – Environmental Law
  • Sally Longroy – Environmental Law
  • Joe Guida – Environmental Law

Washington

Cascadia Law Group – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • Rodney K. Brown
  • Jay J. Manning
  • Tisha Pagalilauan

Smith Hartvigsen, PLLC – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2019

  • J. Craig Smith – Natural Resources Law
  • David B. Hartvigsen, – Water Law
  • Jeffrey R. Gittins – Water Law

Canada

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

  • Marc McAree – Environmental Law
  • Donna Shier – Environmental Law
  • Charles Birchall – Environmental Law
  • Julie Abouchar – Aboriginal Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Environmental Law
  • John J.P. Donihee – Aboriginal Law
  • John Georgakopoulos – Environmental Law

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