Press Release

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 250 Morgan Lewis Lawyers in 22nd Edition

August 20, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, August 20, 2015: The 22nd edition of Best Lawyers in America (2016) has recognized 250 Morgan Lewis lawyers across more than 70 practice categories and 17 metropolitan areas. In addition, 16 Morgan Lewis lawyers were named “Lawyers of the Year,” a prestigious honor presented annually to a single outstanding lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area, based on the highest peer ratings received.

Best Lawyers’ lists of outstanding attorneys are compiled by conducting extensive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2016) includes 55,041 attorneys in 140 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 6.7 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

The 16 Morgan Lewis lawyers named “Lawyers of the Year” are:

  • Jonathan Albano – First Amendment Law
  • Chris Cox – Corporate Law
  • Carol Dillon – Real Estate Law
  • – Energy Law
  • John Hood – Energy Law
  • William Kissinger – Energy Law
  • Marlee Myers – Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Peter Phleger – Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law
  • Steven Reed – Antitrust Law
  • Melinda Riechert – Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Joseph Santucci, Jr. – Labor Law – Management
  • Alan Singer – Corporate Governance Law
  • Steven Spencer – Litigation – ERISA
  • Eric Stern – Real Estate Law
  • Peter Watt-Morse – Information Technology Law
  • Stephen Zovickian – Litigation – Construction

In addition, the following Morgan Lewis lawyers were selected to The Best Lawyers in America listing for 2016:

  • Robert Abramowitz – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Donald-Bruce Abrams – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
  • Sari Alamuddin – Employment Law – Management
  • Jonathan Albano – First Amendment Law; Litigation – First Amendment; Media Law
  • Stephen Alexander – Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Christopher Amandes – Environmental Law
  • Andy Anderson – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • John Arnholz – Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Danny Ashby – Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • David Asmus – Energy Law; International Trade and Finance Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law
  • Reed Auerbach – Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Elizabeth Baird – Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • David Balabanian – Antitrust Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – Securities
  • Ellen Bancroft – Corporate Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Michael Banks – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Dale Barnes – Litigation – Securities
  • Robert Barry – Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Louis Beardell, Jr. – Patent Law
  • Christopher Berka – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
  • Glen Bernstein – Energy Law
  • Jonathan Bernstein – Banking and Finance Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law; Sports Law
  • Craig Bitman – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Gregory Braden – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Management; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Joshua Brady – Tax Law
  • Michael Braun – Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • James Bridgeman – Tax Law
  • Robert Brochin – Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • J. J. Broderick – Real Estate Law
  • Steven Brody – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Securities
  • John Brown – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
  • Steven Browne – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law
  • Daniel Budofsky – Derivatives and Futures Law
  • Harry Burton – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Peter Buscemi – Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation
  • Jay Calvert, Jr. – Commercial Litigation
  • Winn Carter – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; Transportation Law
  • Laurie Cerveny – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Michael Chapnick – Corporate Law
  • Rollin Chippey II – Litigation – Real Estate
  • Greg Christianson – Litigation – Environmental
  • Anthony Ciasulli – Real Estate Law
  • Michael Clayton – Advertising Law; Copyright Law; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Trademark Law
  • David Clough – Patent Law
  • Jean Cogill – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Charles Cohen – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Steven Cohen – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • John Concannon III – Venture Capital Law
  • Martin Conniff – Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • J. Gordon Cooney, Jr. – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • Joseph Costello – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Christopher Cox – Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law
  • George Cumming, Jr. – Litigation – Antitrust
  • Neal Curtin – Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Michael D'Agostino – Commercial Litigation
  • Joshua Dalton – Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Thomas D'Ambrosio – Derivatives and Futures Law
  • Richard de Bodo – Litigation – Patent
  • Anthony DeCusatis – Energy Law; Water Law
  • Nicole Diller – Litigation – ERISA
  • Carol Dillon – Real Estate Law
  • John Dodds – Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Robert Dombroff – Commercial Litigation
  • Brian Dougherty – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • James Dragna – Litigation – Environmental; Water Law
  • Jeffrey DuRocher – Tax Law
  • M. Gordon Ehrlich – Banking and Finance Law; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
  • Rebecca Eisen – Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Frederick Eisenbiegler – Banking and Finance Law
  • Lucas Elliot – Commercial Litigation
  • Richard Esterkin – Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Scott Farmer – Tax Law
  • Joseph Fay – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust
  • John Ferreira – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Fred Fielding – Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • John Filippone – Corporate Governance Law
  • Debra Fischer – Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Ella Foley Gannon – Environmental Law
  • Christina Fournaris – Trusts and Estates
  • Jason Frank – Litigation – Securities
  • Steven Frank – Corporate Law; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Patent Law
  • Matthew Furlong – Banking and Finance Law
  • Thomas Gadsden – Energy Law
  • David Gerson – Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
  • Steven Giordano – Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law
  • John Gisleson – Commercial Litigation
  • Daniel Goldberg – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust
  • Richard Goldman – Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Franklin Brockway Gowdy – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust
  • Linda Griggs – Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
  • James Hamilton – Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Thomas Harman – Litigation – Securities; Mutual Funds Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
  • John Hartigan – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
  • Mark Haskell – Energy Law; Natural Resources Law
  • Arthur Haubenstock – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law; Environmental Law
  • Henry Healy – Real Estate Law
  • Edward Henneberry – Antitrust Law; Litigation – Antitrust
  • Neil Herman – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Jordan Hershman – Securities Regulation
  • Mary Hevener – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
  • Frank Hinman – Antitrust Law
  • Allyson Ho – Appellate Practice
  • Nathan Hochman – Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Daniel Hogans – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • John Hood – Energy Law
  • Charles Horn – Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Michel Yves Horton – Insurance Law
  • Harold Horwich – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Insurance Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Janice Howe – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Ben Indek – Administrative/Regulatory Law
  • Charles Jackson – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Ethan Johnson – Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law
  • Roger Joseph – Mutual Funds Law
  • Gerald Kehoe – Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law
  • Thomas Kellerman – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Robert Kirschenbaum – Litigation and Controversy – Tax
  • William Kissinger – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law
  • Barbara Klippert – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • John Kober – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Stephen Korotash – Litigation – Securities
  • Eric Kraeutler – Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Marla Kreindler – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Kenneth Kulak – CleanTech Law
  • Amy Kyle – Banking and Finance Law; Equipment Finance Law
  • John Lavelle, Jr. – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Steve Levitan – Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • David Levy – Information Technology Law
  • Robert Lichtenstein – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Andrew Lipman – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Communications Law
  • James Loss – Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Camarin Madigan – Environmental Law
  • John Magee – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
  • Stephen Paul Mahinka – FDA Law
  • George Mair – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
  • Ronald Manthey – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Thurgood Marshall, Jr. – Government Relations Practice
  • Timothy Maxwell – Corporate Law
  • Mims Maynard Zabriskie – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Christopher McAuliffe – Environmental Law
  • S. Elaine McChesney – Commercial Litigation
  • John McGahren – Environmental Law
  • John McGrane – Energy Law
  • W. John McGuire – Mutual Funds Law
  • William McKee – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
  • James McKenzie, Jr. – Corporate Law
  • Jami Wintz McKeon – Commercial Litigation (Philadelphia); Commercial Litigation (San Francisco)
  • Richard McMenamin – Insurance Law
  • Edward Merrill – Real Estate Law
  • Stephen Miklus – Project Finance Law
  • Francis Milone – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Francis Mirabello – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates
  • Christian Mixter – Litigation – Securities; Securities Regulation
  • Charles Moore – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Energy Law
  • Dennis Morikawa – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Ronald Moskovitz – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law
  • Satoru Murase – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Corporate Law; International Trade and Finance Law
  • Marlee Myers – Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Technology Law
  • Peter Neger – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • William Nelson – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
  • Floyd Norton IV – Energy Law
  • Brian Ortelere – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation – ERISA
  • Michael Ossip – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • James Pagliaro – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Daniel Papermaster – Banking and Finance Law
  • Nancy Patterson – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Thomas Peckham – Trusts and Estates
  • Eleanor Pelta – Employment Law – Management; Immigration Law; Labor Law – Management
  • Nancy Persechino – Project Finance Law
  • Thomas Peterson – Commercial Litigation
  • Michael Philipp – Derivatives and Futures Law
  • Peter Phleger – Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law
  • Donn Pickett – Antitrust Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • J. Michael Pickett – Real Estate Law
  • Zaitun Poonja – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • William Quinn, Jr. – Litigation – Securities
  • Jeffrey Raskin – Insurance Law
  • Andrew Ray – Communications Law
  • Marc Reardon – Energy Law; Project Finance Law
  • Steven Reed – Antitrust Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation
  • Michael Reilly – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Jonathan Rich – Antitrust Law; Litigation – Antitrust
  • Melinda Riechert – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • J. Warren Rissier – Litigation – Securities
  • Celia Roady – Tax Law
  • David Robbins – Corporate Law
  • Kent Roger – Litigation – Antitrust
  • Joseph Ronan, Jr. – Tax Law
  • Richard Rosenblatt – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Rick Rothman – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
  • Gary Rothstein – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • John Ryan – Tax Law
  • David Salmons – Appellate Practice
  • Joseph Santucci, Jr. – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Kathleen Sanzo – FDA Law
  • Daniel Savrin – Antitrust Law; Litigation – Antitrust
  • Edward Saxe – Real Estate Law
  • Andrew Schaffran – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • David Schrader – Environmental Law
  • Thane Scott – Antitrust Law; Litigation – Antitrust
  • Toby Serkin – Mutual Funds Law
  • Clifford Sethness – Labor Law – Management
  • James Severson – Labor Law – Management
  • Brian Shaffer – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • Samuel Shaulson – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Albert Shay – Health Care Law
  • John Shenefield – Antitrust Law; Litigation – Antitrust
  • Charlene Shimada – Litigation – Securities; Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Richard Shortz – Corporate Law
  • Donald Silverman – Energy Law
  • Bruce Silvers – Banking and Finance Law
  • Lawrence Silverstein – Tax Law
  • Alan Singer – Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
  • Louis Singer – Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law
  • David Sirignano – Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
  • Eric Sitarchuk – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Health Care Law; Qui Tam Law
  • Edwin Smith – Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Corporate Law; Equipment Finance Law
  • Jeffrey Smith – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – Securities
  • Marc Sonnenfeld – Antitrust Law; Litigation – Securities
  • Joanne Soslow – Corporate Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
  • William Southard – Litigation – Construction
  • Grace Speights – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Steven Spencer – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation – ERISA
  • Mark Spitzer – Banking and Finance Law
  • Michael Steinberg – Litigation – Environmental
  • Scott Stempel – Antitrust Law; Litigation – Antitrust
  • Eric Stern – Real Estate Law
  • Marshall Stoddard, Jr. – Banking and Finance Law
  • Edward Strohbehn, Jr. – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
  • Glen Stuart – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Environmental
  • Richard Taffet – Antitrust Law
  • Richard Toelke – Real Estate Law
  • Willard Tom – Antitrust Law
  • R. Randall Tracht – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Kenneth Turnbull – Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • James Tynion III – Project Finance Law
  • John Utzschneider – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Julio Vega – Securities/Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law
  • Steven Wall – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Catherine Wang – Communications Law
  • Peter Watt-Morse – Information Technology Law
  • Hill Wellford – Antitrust Law; Litigation – Antitrust
  • Colin West – Antitrust Law
  • P. Sabin Willett – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Mark Williams – Project Finance Law
  • Maxine Woelfling – Litigation – Environmental
  • Robert Wolf – Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • George Yearsich – Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
  • Gary Yingling – FDA Law
  • Mark Zelek – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Paul Zevnik – Litigation – Environmental
  • William Zimmerman – Tax Law
  • Stephen Zovickian – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – Construction