Chambers USA Recognizes 71 Baker Hostetler Lawyers: Named a Leading Firm in 15 Practice Areas

News / June 7, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH, June 7, 2012 – Chambers USA has named 71 Baker Hostetler attorneys, up from 62 in 2011, to the 2012 edition of the prestigious Chambers USA Guide: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Twelve Baker Hostetler attorneys are new to the list this year. Fifteen Baker Hostetler practice areas also were ranked, up from 14 in 2011.

Three of the firm’s Ohio practice areas received a top ranking – Corporate/M&A, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation and Labor and Employment. The Technology and Outsourcing practice (New York) is new to the list in 2012.

Chambers USA is an independent and objective directory based on interviews with thousands of in-house and outside counsel across the country. Interviews are conducted by Chambers USA, a division of Chambers and Partners. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical ability, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, value for money, prompt delivery and other qualities most valued by the client.

Baker Hostetler’s ranked practice areas are:

  • Tax (D.C.)
  • Construction (Florida)
  • Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (Florida)
  • Labor and Employment (Florida, Ohio)
  • Real Estate: Zoning and Land Use (Florida)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (Nationwide)
  • Corporate/M&A (New York, Ohio)
  • Technology and Outsourcing (New York)
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Ohio)
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (Ohio)
  • Healthcare (Ohio, Texas)
  • Intellectual Property (Ohio)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio)
  • Natural Resources and Environment (Ohio)
  • Real Estate (Ohio, Texas)

Two new lateral partners in the Washington, D.C., office, Barry Bretschneider and Melvin Schwechter, were recently notified that they have been ranked by Chambers. While both were nominated by their former firms, they are now included in Baker Hostetler’s overall rankings list.

Baker Hostetler attorneys listed as leaders in their practice areas are:

Brian A. Bash
Matthew R. Goldman
Elizabeth A. Green
Marc E. Hirschfield
Joseph F. Hutchinson Jr.
Sherri Blank Lazear
Thomas M. Wearsch

Denis L. Durkin

Donald W. Brodsky
John M. Gherlein
Suzanne K. Hanselman
W. Ashley Hess
R. Steven Kestner
Robert A. Weible

Corporate/M&A and Private Equity
Jeffrey E. Decker
Kenneth Wright

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Raymond M. Malone
John J. McGowan Jr.
Georgeann G. Peters

John F. Cermak Jr.
William L. Pence

First Amendment Litigation AND Media & Entertainment
Bruce W. Sanford

Donna S. Clark
Steven A. Eisenberg
Susan Feigin Harris
Robert M. Wolin

Intellectual Property
Barry E. Bretschneider
Kevin W. Kirsch
David A. Mancino

International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions AND Customs
Melvin S. Schwechter

International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy
Elliot J. Feldman

Labor & Employment
Joyce Ackerbaum Cox
Todd H. Lebowitz
John B. Lewis
Ronald G. Linville
Gregory V. Mersol
Patrick M. Muldowney
Kevin W. Shaughnessy
Stephen C. Sutton
Martin T. Wymer

Leisure and Hospitality
John Melicharek Jr.
Robert J. Webb

Litigation: Energy & Natural Resources
W. Ray Whitman

Litigation: General Commercial
Joanne E. Caruso
Mark A. Johnson
Robert M. Kincaid Jr.
Richard M. Knoth
C. Thomas Kruse
Thomas R. Lucchesi
Michael R. Matthias
Randall L. Solomon
Robert W. Thielhelm Jr.
Ernest E. Vargo
Daniel R. Warren
Thomas D. Warren

Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations
John J. Carney

Natural Resources & Environment
Maureen A. Brennan
Daniel J. Gunsett
Ben L. Pfefferle III

Real Estate
Gary M. Alletag
Amy E. Kellogg
Lawrence V. Lindberg
Michael J. Pappert
Patrick J. Pauken
Harlan W. Robins
David J. Strauss

Real Estate: Zoning & Land Use
Ted R. Brown

Tax Estate Planning
George T. Mooradian

Jeffrey H. Paravano
Paul M. Schmidt

Technology and Outsourcing
Peter Brown

About Baker Hostetler
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