Press Release

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Nearly 250 Morgan Lewis Lawyers in 23rd Edition

August 15, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, August 15, 2016: The 23rd edition of Best Lawyers in America (2017) has recognized nearly 250 Morgan Lewis lawyers across more than 50 practice categories and 16 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 lawyers are compiled by conducting extensive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The 23rd edition of Best Lawyers in America (2017) includes almost 55,000 lawyers in 142 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 7.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

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

  • Steven M. Cohen – Corporate Law, Princeton
  • James W. McKenzie, Jr. – Corporate Law, Philadelphia
  • Michael M. Philipp – Derivatives and Futures Law, Chicago
  • Zaitun Poonja – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Silicon Valley
  • William D. Kissinger – Energy Regulatory Law, San Francisco
  • Christopher J. McAuliffe – Environmental Law, Princeton
  • David J. Levy – Information Technology Law, Houston
  • Dennis J. Morikawa – Labor Law-Management, Philadelphia
  • P. Sabin Willett – Litigation-Bankruptcy, Boston
  • Nicole A. Diller – Litigation-ERISA, San Francisco
  • Charles C. Jackson – Litigation-Labor and Employment, Chicago
  • Nancy L. Patterson – Litigation-Labor and Employment, Houston
  • Samuel S. Shaulson – Litigation-Labor and Employment, New York
  • Donald-Bruce Abrams – Litigation and Controversy-Tax, Boston
  • Richard A. Goldman – Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, Boston
  • Joanne R. Soslow – Securities/Capital Markets Law, Philadelphia

In addition, the following Morgan Lewis lawyers were selected to the Best Lawyers in America listing for 2017:

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