Twenty-One of ELN’s member law firms were recognized as The Best Lawyers in America and U.S. News Best Law Firms.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Environmental Law Network

Recognized by Best Lawyers

January 4, 2021; CLEVELAND, OH – The Environmental Law Network (ELN) is pleased to announce that for the second year in a row,  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 2021 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 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©:

Alabama

Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • J. Alan Truitt – Environment Law, Energy Law, Litigation – Environmental, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • D. Bart Turner –Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental

Arkansas

PPGMR Law, PLLC – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • 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

Jorden Hiser & Joy, PLC – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021               

  • Trevor Burggraff – Environmental Law
  • 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 2021

  • Alan N. Bick – Environmental Law

District of Columbia

Bergeson & Campbell PC – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021            

  • Lynn Bergeson – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental

Florida

Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • Frederick L. Aschauer – Natural Resources Law
  • Michelle Diffenderfer – Environmental Law
  • Terry E. Lewis – Lawyer of the Year; Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation
  • R. Steven Lewis – Lawyer of the Year; 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 – Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation and Water Law
  • James W. Linn – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Management Law
  • Alfred J. Malefatto – Environmental Law

Georgia

Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • Douglas E. Cloud – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Shelly Jacobs Ellerhorst – Litigation – Environmental
  • Kimberley J. Hale – Environmental Law
  • Richard A. Hoarder – – Environmental Law
  • W. Scott Laseter – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • David M. Meezan – Lawyer of the Year 2021; 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
  • C. Max Zygmont – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental

Illinois

Nijman Franzetti LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • Susan E. Brice – Environmental Law
  • Susan M. Franzetti – Environmental Law
  • Jennifer Nijman – Environmental Law, Litigation Environmental
  • E. Lynn Grayson – Lawyer of the Year 2021, Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law

Indiana

Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • 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
  • Bruce S. Katcher – Environmental Law

Michigan

Zausmer, P.C. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • Michael L. Caldwell – Litigation – Environmental

Minnesota

The Environmental Law Group – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

New Mexico

Montgomery & Andrews, P.A. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • Randy S. Bartell – Commercial Litigation
  • Stephen S. Hamilton – Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Edmund H. Kendrick – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Mining Law
  • Gary Kilpatric – Lawyer of the Year 2021. Government Relations Practice
  • Nancy M. King – Government Relations Practice
  • J. Brent Moore – Government Relations Practice, Insurance Law
  • Thomas W. Olson – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Health Care Law, Mining Law
  • Louis Rose – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
  • Sharon T. Shaheen – Environmental Law
  • Jeffrey Wechsler – Administrative/Regulatory Law

New York

Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C. U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • 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
  • Alexis Saba – Inaugural Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch – Environmental Law

Ohio

McMahon DeGulis, LLP – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • Mike McMahon – Environmental Law and Litigation – Environmental
  • Greg DeGulis – 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

Oregon

McDowell, Rackner, Gibson, P.C. – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • Jordan ShoonoverAdministrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Law
  • Jocelyn C. Pease Energy Law

Pennsylvania

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

  • Rodd W. Bender – Environmental Law
  • Kate Campbell – Environmental Litigation
  • 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
  • Nicole R. Moshang – 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 2021

  • Howard K. Gilbert – Environmental Law
  • Joseph F. Guida – Environmental Law
  • Sally A. Longroy – Lawyer of the Year 2021; Environmental Law
  • Paul A. Seals – Environmental Law
  • John Slavich – Lawyer of the Year 2021; Environmental Law

UTAH

Smith Hartvigsen, PLLC – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • Jeffry R. Gittins – Water Law
  • David B. Hartvigsen – Environmental Law, Water Law
  • J. Craig Smith – Commercial Litigation, Natural Resources, Water Law

Washington

Cascadia Law Group – U.S. News Best Law Firms 2021

  • Matthew A. Love 
  • Tisha Pagalilauan
  • Rodney L. Brown, Jr.  –  Lawyer of the Year; Environmental Law
  • Jay J. Manning – Lawyer of the Year; Environmental Law

Canada

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP – Law Firm of the Year – 2021

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