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The Best Lawyers in America Names 18 Morgan Lewis Lawyers Practice-Specific ‘Lawyers of the Year,’ Recognizes Additional 203 Morgan Lewis Lawyers

August 20, 2018

NEW YORK, August 20, 2018: Best Lawyers® has recognized 221 Morgan Lewis lawyers across 72 practice categories and 15 metropolitan areas in its newly released guide, The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. In addition, 18 lawyers received the Lawyer of the Year distinction, given to a single outstanding lawyer in each practice category and designated metropolitan area, based on the highest peer feedback received.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review content, designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers on the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same practice area and region. The following Morgan Lewis lawyers earned recognition in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America:

LAWYERS OF THE YEAR

  • Ellen S. Bancroft: Securities/Capital Markets Law, Orange County
  • Jonathan K. Bernstein: Securitization and Structured Finance Law, Boston
  • J. Gordon Cooney, Jr.: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Philadelphia
  • Daniel L. Goldberg: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Boston
  • Mary B. Hevener: Litigation and Controversy – Tax, New York
  • William D. Kissinger: Energy Regulatory Law, San Francisco
  • David J. Levy: Information Technology Law, Houston
  • B. Scott McBride: Health Care Law, Houston
  • John McGahren: Environmental Law, Princeton
  • Marlee S. Myers: Securities/Capital Markets Law, Pittsburgh
  • Eleanor Pelta: Immigration Law, Washington, DC
  • Alan Singer: Securities/Capital Markets Law, Philadelphia
  • Eric W. Sitarchuk: Qui Tam Law, Philadelphia
  • Marc J. Sonnenfeld: Litigation – Securities, Philadelphia
  • Steven D. Spencer: Litigation – ERISA, Philadelphia
  • Steven R. Wall: Labor Law – Management, Philadelphia
  • P. Sabin Willett: Litigation – Bankruptcy, Boston
  • Mark E. Zelek: Labor Law – Management, Miami

RECOGNIZED LAWYERS

  • Michael J. Abernathy: Litigation – Intellectual Property, Chicago; Trademark Law, Chicago
  • Robert L. Abramowitz: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Philadelphia
  • Donald-Bruce Abrams: Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Boston; Tax Law, Boston
  • Sari M. Alamuddin: Employment Law – Management, Chicago
  • Jonathan M. Albano: Commercial Litigation, Boston; First Amendment Law, Boston; Litigation – First Amendment, Boston; Media Law, Boston
  • Stephen D. Alexander: Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions, Los Angeles
  • Christopher B. Amandes: Environmental Law, Houston
  • Andy R. Anderson: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Chicago
  • John Arnholz: Securitization and Structured Finance Law, Washington, DC
  • Danny S. Ashby: Commercial Litigation, Dallas; Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Dallas
  • Reed D. Auerbach: Securitization and Structured Finance Law, New York
  • David M. Balabanian: Antitrust Law, San Francisco; Bet-the-Company Litigation, San Francisco; Commercial Litigation, San Francisco; Litigation – Antitrust, San Francisco; Litigation – Securities, San Francisco
  • Ellen S. Bancroft: Corporate Law, Costa Mesa; Securities/Capital Markets Law, Costa Mesa
  • Michael L. Banks: Employment Law – Management, Philadelphia; Labor Law – Management, Philadelphia; Litigation – ERISA, Philadelphia; Litigation – Labor and Employment, Philadelphia
  • Rosina Barker: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Washington, DC
  • Robert A.J. Barry: Banking and Finance Law, Boston; Financial Services Regulation Law, Boston; Securitization and Structured Finance Law, Boston
  • Louis W. Beardell, Jr.: Patent Law, Philadelphia
  • Jonathan K. Bernstein: Banking and Finance Law, Boston; Securitization and Structured Finance Law, Boston; Sports Law, Boston
  • Craig A. Bitman: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, New York
  • Tess Blair: Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law, Philadelphia
  • James D. Bridgeman: Tax Law, Washington, DC
  • Robert M. Brochin: Commercial Litigation, Miami; Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, Miami
  • J.J. Broderick: Real Estate Law, Philadelphia
  • Steven G. Brody: Commercial Litigation, New York; Litigation – Securities, New York
  • John S. Brown: Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Boston; Tax Law, Boston
  • Steven C. Browne: Corporate Law, Boston; Corporate Law, Palo Alto; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Boston; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Palo Alto; Securities/Capital Markets Law, Boston; Securities/Capital Markets Law, Palo Alto; Venture Capital Law, Boston; Venture Capital Law, Palo Alto
  • Harry W. Burton: Employment Law – Management, Washington, DC; Litigation – Labor and Employment, Washington, DC
  • Jay H. Calvert, Jr.: Commercial Litigation, Philadelphia
  • Winstol D. “Winn” Carter: Commercial Litigation, Houston; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Houston; Transportation Law, Houston
  • Laurie A. Cerveny: Corporate Law, Boston; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Boston
  • Michael A. Chapnick: Corporate Law, New York
  • Rollin B. Chippey, II: Litigation – Real Estate, San Francisco
  • Greg A. Christianson: Litigation – Environmental, San Francisco
  • Anthony Ciasulli: Real Estate Law, Los Angeles
  • Donna S. Clark: Health Care Law, Houston
  • Jeanie Cogill: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, New York
  • Steven M. Cohen: Corporate Law, Princeton; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Princeton
  • John J. Concannon III: Venture Capital Law, Boston
  • Martin F. Conniff: Admiralty and Maritime Law, New York
  • J. Gordon Cooney, Jr.: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Philadelphia; Commercial Litigation, Philadelphia; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Philadelphia
  • Joseph J. Costello: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Philadelphia; Employment Law – Management, Philadelphia; Labor Law – Management, Philadelphia; Litigation – ERISA, Philadelphia; Litigation – Labor and Employment, Philadelphia
  • Chris Cox: Corporate Governance Law, Costa Mesa; Corporate Law, Costa Mesa
  • Michael C. D'Agostino: Commercial Litigation, Hartford
  • Thomas V. D'Ambrosio: Derivatives and Futures Law, New York
  • Joshua M. Dalton: Litigation – Intellectual Property, Boston
  • Peter M. Daub: Tax Law, Washington, DC
  • Althea R. Day: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Washington, DC
  • Anthony C. DeCusatis: Energy Law, Philadelphia; Water Law, Philadelphia
  • Timothy B. DeSieno: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, New York
  • Carol K. Dillon: Real Estate Law, Palo Alto
  • Sheri A. Dillon: Tax Law, Washington, DC
  • John C. Dodds: Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Philadelphia
  • Robert M. Dombroff: Commercial Litigation, New York
  • Rod Donnelly: Tax Law, Palo Alto
  • Brian J. Dougherty: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Philadelphia
  • James J. Dragna: Litigation – Environmental, Los Angeles; Water Law, Los Angeles
  • Frederick F. “Rick” Eisenbiegler: Banking and Finance Law, New York
  • Richard W. Esterkin: Litigation – Bankruptcy, Los Angeles
  • Anne Marie Estevez: Labor Law – Management, Miami; Litigation – Labor and Employment, Miami
  • F. Scott Farmer: Tax Law, Washington, DC
  • Joseph B.G. Fay: Commercial Litigation, Philadelphia; Litigation – Antitrust, Philadelphia
  • John G. Ferreira: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Pittsburgh
  • Fred F. Fielding: Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Washington, DC
  • John L. Filippone: Corporate Governance Law, Los Angeles
  • Debra L. Fischer: Litigation – Labor and Employment, Los Angeles
  • Chester “Chip” L. Fisher: Banking and Finance Law, Hartford
  • Christina Mesires Fournaris: Trusts and Estates, Philadelphia
  • Jason D. Frank: Litigation – Securities, Boston
  • Steven J. Frank: Corporate Law, Boston; Litigation – Intellectual Property, Boston; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Boston; Patent Law, Boston
  • Matthew F. Furlong: Banking and Finance Law, Boston
  • Thomas P. Gadsden: Energy Law, Philadelphia
  • Andrew J. Gallo: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Boston
  • Ella Foley Gannon: Environmental Law, San Francisco
  • Seth M. Gerber: Commercial Litigation, Los Angeles
  • Kirstin E. Gibbs: Energy Law, Washington, DC; Oil and Gas Law, Washington, DC
  • Thomas P. Giblin, Jr.: Energy Law, New York
  • Steven M. Giordano: Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, Boston
  • John K. Gisleson: Commercial Litigation, Pittsburgh
  • Daniel L. Goldberg: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Boston; Commercial Litigation, Boston; Litigation – Antitrust, Boston
  • Richard A. Goldman: Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, Boston; Securities/Capital Markets Law, Boston
  • Robert E. Gooding, Jr.: Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions, Costa Mesa
  • Franklin Brockway Gowdy: Commercial Litigation, San Francisco
  • Linda L. Griggs: Corporate Compliance Law, Washington, DC; Corporate Governance Law, Washington, DC; Securities/Capital Markets Law, Washington, DC; Securities Regulation, Washington, DC
  • James Hamilton: Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Washington, DC
  • Thomas S. Harman: Litigation – Securities, Washington, DC; Mutual Funds Law, Washington, DC; Securities/Capital Markets Law, Washington, DC; Securities Regulation, Washington, DC
  • Ivan P. Harris: Litigation – Securities, Miami
  • Susan Feigin Harris: Government Relations Practice, Houston; Health Care Law, Houston
  • John F. Hartigan: Corporate Law, Los Angeles; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Los Angeles; Securities/Capital Markets Law, Los Angeles; Securities Regulation, Los Angeles
  • Brent A. Hawkins: Litigation – Intellectual Property, San Francisco; Litigation – Patent, San Francisco; Patent Law, San Francisco
  • Henry S. Healy: Real Estate Law, Boston
  • Brian D. Hector: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Chicago
  • Neil E. Herman: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, New York
  • Elizabeth B. Herrington: Commercial Litigation, Chicago
  • Jordan D. Hershman: Securities Regulation, Boston
  • Mary B. Hevener: Litigation and Controversy – Tax, New York; Tax Law, New York
  • Nathan J. Hochman: Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Los Angeles
  • John T. Hood: Energy Law, New York
  • Charles M. Horn: Financial Services Regulation Law, Washington, DC
  • Michel Yves Horton: Insurance Law, Los Angeles
  • Harold S. Horwich: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Hartford; Insurance Law, Hartford; Litigation – Bankruptcy, Hartford
  • Ben A. Indek: Administrative/Regulatory Law, New York
  • Ethan W. Johnson: Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, Miami
  • Ethel J. Johnson: Employment Law – Management, Houston; Labor Law – Management, Houston
  • Roger P. Joseph: Mutual Funds Law, Boston
  • Gerald J. Kehoe: Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, Boston
  • Thomas W. Kellerman: Corporate Law, Palo Alto; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Palo Alto
  • William D. Kissinger: Energy Law, San Francisco; Energy Regulatory Law, San Francisco
  • Barbara D. Klippert: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, New York
  • John A. Kober: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Dallas
  • Steve Korotash: Litigation – Securities, Dallas
  • Eric Kraeutler: Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Philadelphia; Litigation – Intellectual Property, Philadelphia
  • Marla J. Kreindler: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Chicago
  • Kenneth M. Kulak: CleanTech Law, Philadelphia
  • Amy L. Kyle: Banking and Finance Law, Boston; Equipment Finance Law, Boston
  • John P. Lavelle, Jr.: Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Philadelphia
  • Steve Levitan: Securitization and Structured Finance Law, New York
  • David J. Levy: Information Technology Law, Houston
  • Michael R. Libor: Construction Law, Philadelphia; Litigation – Construction, Philadelphia
  • Robert J. Lichtenstein: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Philadelphia
  • Andrew D. Lipman: Administrative/Regulatory Law, Washington, DC; Communications Law, Washington, DC
  • James W. Loss: Corporate Law, Costa Mesa; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Costa Mesa
  • Camarin E.B. Madigan: Environmental Law, San Francisco
  • John B. Magee: Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Washington, DC; Tax Law, Washington, DC
  • Stephen Paul Mahinka: FDA Law, Washington, DC
  • George P. Mair: Tax Law, Boston; Trusts and Estates, Boston
  • Thurgood Marshall Jr.: Government Relations Practice, Washington, DC
  • John E. Matthews: Energy Law, Washington, DC
  • Timothy Maxwell: Corporate Law, Philadelphia
  • Christopher J. McAuliffe: Environmental Law, Princeton
  • B. Scott McBride: Health Care Law, Houston
  • S. Elaine McChesney: Commercial Litigation, Boston
  • John McGahren: Environmental Law, Princeton
  • John D. McGrane: Energy Law, Washington, DC
  • W. John McGuire: Mutual Funds Law, Washington, DC
  • Bill McKee: Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Washington, DC; Tax Law, Washington, DC
  • James W. McKenzie, Jr.: Corporate Law, Philadelphia
  • Jami Wintz McKeon: Commercial Litigation, Philadelphia; Commercial Litigation, San Francisco; Litigation – Bankruptcy, Philadelphia; Litigation – Bankruptcy, San Francisco
  • Stephen M. Miklus: Project Finance Law, Boston
  • Francis J. Mirabello: Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Philadelphia; Trusts and Estates, Philadelphia
  • Christian J. Mixter: Litigation – Securities, Washington, DC; Securities Regulation, Washington, DC
  • Dennis J. Morikawa: Employment Law – Management, Philadelphia; Labor Law – Management, Philadelphia; Litigation – Labor and Employment, Philadelphia
  • Marlee S. Myers: Corporate Compliance Law, Pittsburgh; Corporate Governance Law, Pittsburgh; Corporate Law, Pittsburgh; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Pittsburgh; Securities/Capital Markets Law, Pittsburgh; Technology Law, Pittsburgh
  • Peter C. Neger: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, New York; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, New York
  • William F. Nelson: Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Washington, DC; Tax Law, Washington, DC
  • Brian T. Ortelere: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Philadelphia; Litigation – ERISA, Philadelphia
  • Michael J. Ossip: Employment Law – Management, Philadelphia; Labor Law – Management, Philadelphia; Litigation – Labor and Employment, Philadelphia
  • Daniel I. Papermaster: Banking and Finance Law, Hartford
  • Nancy L. Patterson: Employment Law – Management, Houston; Labor Law – Management, Houston; Litigation – Labor and Employment, Houston
  • Thomas E. Peckham: Trusts and Estates, Boston
  • Eleanor Pelta: Employment Law – Management, Washington, DC; Immigration Law, Washington, DC; Labor Law – Management, Washington, DC
  • Nancy M. Persechino: Project Finance Law, Boston
  • Thomas M. Peterson: Commercial Litigation, San Francisco
  • Michael M. Philipp: Derivatives and Futures Law, Chicago
  • Peter M. Phleger: Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, San Francisco
  • J. Michael Pickett: Real Estate Law, Washington, DC
  • Zaitun Poonja: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Palo Alto
  • William P. Quinn, Jr.: Litigation – Securities, Philadelphia
  • Jeffrey S. Raskin: Insurance Law, San Francisco
  • Marc A. Reardon: Energy Law, Boston; Project Finance Law, Boston
  • Steven A. Reed: Antitrust Law, Philadelphia; Bet-the-Company Litigation, Philadelphia; Commercial Litigation, Philadelphia; Litigation – Antitrust, Philadelphia
  • Michael J. Reilly: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, New York
  • Jonathan M. Rich: Antitrust Law, Washington, DC; Litigation – Antitrust, Washington, DC
  • Melinda S. Riechert: Employment Law – Management, Palo Alto; Labor Law – Management, Palo Alto; Litigation – Labor and Employment, Palo Alto
  • J. Warren Rissier: Litigation – Securities, Los Angeles
  • Celia Roady: Tax Law, Washington, DC
  • Kent M. Roger: Litigation – Antitrust, San Francisco
  • Richard G. Rosenblatt: Employment Law – Management, Princeton; Labor Law – Management, Princeton; Litigation – Labor and Employment, Princeton
  • Rick R. Rothman: Environmental Law, Los Angeles; Litigation – Environmental, Los Angeles
  • Gary S. Rothstein: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, New York
  • John G. Ryan: Tax Law, Palo Alto
  • David B. Salmons: Appellate Practice, Washington, DC
  • Kathleen M. Sanzo: FDA Law, Washington, DC
  • Daniel S. Savrin: Antitrust Law, Boston; Litigation – Antitrust, Boston
  • Andrew J. Schaffran: Employment Law – Management, New York; Labor Law – Management, New York; Litigation – Labor and Employment, New York
  • David L. Schrader: Environmental Law, Los Angeles
  • Thane D. Scott: Antitrust Law, Boston; Litigation – Antitrust, Boston
  • Toby R. Serkin: Mutual Funds Law, Boston
  • Clifford D. Sethness: Labor Law – Management, Los Angeles
  • Brian W. Shaffer: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Philadelphia
  • Samuel S. Shaulson: Employment Law – Management, New York; Labor Law – Management, New York; Litigation – Labor and Employment, New York
  • Albert W. Shay: Health Care Law, Washington, DC
  • Charlene S. Shimada: Litigation – Securities, San Francisco; Securities/Capital Markets Law, San Francisco
  • Bruce C. Silvers: Banking and Finance Law, Hartford
  • Lawrence I. Silverstein: Tax Law, Boston
  • Alan Singer: Corporate Compliance Law, Philadelphia; Corporate Governance Law, Philadelphia; Corporate Law, Philadelphia; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Philadelphia; Securities/Capital Markets Law, Philadelphia; Securities Regulation, Philadelphia
  • Louis H. Singer: Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, New York
  • David A. Sirignano: Securities/Capital Markets Law, Washington, DC; Securities Regulation, Washington, DC
  • Eric W. Sitarchuk: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Philadelphia; Commercial Litigation, Philadelphia; Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Philadelphia; Health Care Law, Philadelphia; Qui Tam Law, Philadelphia
  • Edwin E. Smith: Banking and Finance Law, Boston; Banking and Finance Law, New York; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Boston; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, New York; Corporate Law, Boston; Corporate Law, New York; Equipment Finance Law, Boston; Equipment Finance Law, New York
  • Marc J. Sonnenfeld: Antitrust Law, Philadelphia; Litigation – Securities, Philadelphia
  • Joanne R. Soslow: Corporate Law, Philadelphia; Securities/Capital Markets Law, Philadelphia; Securities Regulation, Philadelphia
  • Grace E. Speights: Employment Law – Management, Washington, DC; Labor Law – Management, Washington, DC; Litigation – Labor and Employment, Washington, DC
  • Steven D. Spencer: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Philadelphia; Litigation – ERISA, Philadelphia
  • Stephen M. Spina: Energy Law, Washington, DC
  • Scott A. Stempel: Antitrust Law, Washington, DC; Litigation – Antitrust, Washington, DC
  • Eric L. Stern: Real Estate Law, Philadelphia
  • Marshall C. Stoddard, Jr.: Banking and Finance Law, New York
  • Glen R. Stuart: Commercial Litigation, Philadelphia; Litigation – Environmental, Philadelphia
  • Richard S. Taffet: Antitrust Law, New York
  • Ronald J. Tenpas: Litigation – Environmental, Washington, DC
  • Richard A. Toelke: Real Estate Law, Boston
  • Willard K. Tom: Antitrust Law, Washington, DC
  • R. Randall Tracht: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Pittsburgh
  • Kenneth J. Turnbull: Employment Law – Management, New York; Litigation – Labor and Employment, New York
  • James T. Tynion III: Project Finance Law, New York
  • John R. Utzschneider: Corporate Law, Boston; Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Boston; Securities/Capital Markets Law, Boston
  • Carl A. Valenstein: International Trade and Finance Law, Washington, DC
  • Julio E. Vega: Securities/Capital Markets Law, Boston; Venture Capital Law, Boston
  • Steven R. Wall: Employment Law – Management, Philadelphia; Labor Law – Management, Philadelphia; Litigation – Labor and Employment, Philadelphia
  • Catherine Wang: Communications Law, Washington, DC
  • Peter M. Watt-Morse: Information Technology Law, Pittsburgh
  • Colin C. West: Antitrust Law, San Francisco
  • P. Sabin Willett: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Boston; Litigation – Bankruptcy, Boston
  • Mark C. Williams: Project Finance Law, Washington, DC
  • George G. Yearsich: Securities/Capital Markets Law, Washington, DC; Securities Regulation, Washington, DC
  • Gary L. Yingling: FDA Law, Washington, DC
  • Mims Maynard Zabriskie: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Philadelphia
  • Mark E. Zelek: Employment Law – Management, Miami; Labor Law – Management, Miami; Litigation – Labor and Employment, Miami
  • Paul A. Zevnik: Insurance Law, Washington, DC
  • Jonathan Zimmerman: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Washington, DC
  • William P. Zimmerman: Tax Law, Philadelphia