Seven Attorneys Earn Top Honors from The National Law Journal; Firm Recognized on Annual ‘EliteTrial Lawyers' Report

BakerHostetler is one of just five firms nationwide to place seven or more Trailblazers on the 2016 list

Press Releases / December 6, 2016

CLEVELAND, Dec. 6, 2016 — BakerHostetler is proud to announce that seven of our partners from the Litigation, Privacy and Data Protection and Private Wealth teams are 2016 Trailblazers, as selected by The National Law Journal (NLJ). They are Robert G. Abrams (Litigation), Mark S. Barron (Litigation-Energy), Robert Galloway (Divorce, Trusts and Estates), Gilbert S. Keteltas (Litigation), Theodore J. Kobus (Privacy and Data Protection), L. Poe Leggette (Litigation-Energy) and Lynn Sessions (Privacy and Data Protection). The partners were selected from a competitive field of nominees who, according to NLJ, are changing the practice in their respective fields through innovative and exceptional legal strategies – from sophisticated trial strategy to effective defense techniques and the use of technologies and creative solutions in complex litigation and fiduciary and family issues.

NLJ also named BakerHostetler to its 2016 “Elite Trial Lawyers” report. This distinction is reserved for “law firms that achieved high-dollar recoveries for clients and that did some of the most creative and significant work on the plaintiffs’ side.” In 2016, following a four-week trial, an Omaha jury awarded our client Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. $108.9 million in a contractual indemnity and negligence case arising out of a ConAgra plant explosion. That award – more than double the largest in Nebraska history at the time – was identified by NLJ as one of the top verdicts of the year.

“These honors are a well-deserved recognition of the attentive service, innovative strategies and courtroom advocacy our attorneys provide clients every day,” said Lauren J. Resnick, the firm’s client relationship partner.

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

Theodore J. Kobus: Kobus is the leader of the firm’s Privacy and Data Protection team. He advises clients, trade groups and organizations regarding data security and privacy risks, including compliance, developing breach response strategies, defense of regulatory actions and defense of class action litigation. Over the course of his career, Kobus has worked on more than 1,000 data security incidents, including five of the 10 largest HIPAA breaches reported to date. Each year, Kobus oversees more than 300 incidents.

To access Kobus’ NLJ Trailblazer profile, click here.

Lynn Sessions: With more than 20 years of experience working with healthcare industry clients, Sessions focuses her practice on healthcare privacy and data security, breach response, and HIPAA compliance. Recently, Sessions has worked on healthcare breach responses involving several multistate organizations and a total of nearly 20 million patients.

To access Sessions’ NLJ Trailblazer profile, click here.

For more information about the Privacy and Data Protection team, click here.

Divorce, Trusts & Estates

Robert R. Galloway: Galloway leads the Cleveland office’s Private Wealth group, providing counsel to the firm’s wealthiest and most prominent fiduciary and family clients. He works closely with family offices, private trust companies, trustees and privately held companies to find creative solutions to complicated tax and wealth issues. Galloway was a principal author of legislation passed by the Ohio House and Senate that enabled the establishment of private trust companies in 2016.

To access Galloway’s NLJ Trailblazer profile, click here.

For more information about the Private Wealth team, click here.


Robert G. Abrams: Abrams leads the Antitrust and Competition team and has been lead counsel in lengthy antitrust, intellectual property, trade secret and breach of contract jury trials, representing plaintiffs and defendants. He has more than 30 years of experience litigating antitrust and complex commercial and government enforcement matters. In 2016, Abrams was trial counsel in a four-week jury trial whose verdict in favor of his client was recognized by NLJ as a “Top 50 Verdict” of 2016 in its “Elite Trial Lawyers” report.

To access Abrams’ NLJ Trailblazer profile, click here.

Mark S. Barron: One of the most influential energy lawyers in the country, Barron guides some of the largest producers of oil and gas through high-profile litigation and is a “go to” lawyer for energy companies and trade associations developing responses to state and federal regulatory initiatives. In 2016, he drafted and argued a successful petition to have the Bureau of Land Management’s hydraulic fracturing rules set aside as exceeding statutory authority and being in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.

To access Barron’s NLJ Trailblazer profile, click here.

Gilbert S. Keteltas: Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice team, Keteltas is a trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience litigating complex commercial, tort and government enforcement disputes on behalf of national and international corporations. Keteltas has advocated in courtrooms across the country on behalf of manufacturers, engineers, agricultural cooperatives and farmers, and has served as trial counsel in jury and bench trials. In 2016, Keteltas was trial counsel in a four-week jury trial whose verdict in favor of his client was recognized by NLJ as a “Top 50 Verdict” of 2016 in its “Elite Trial Lawyers” report.

To access Keteltas’ NLJ Trailblazer profile, click here.

L. Poe Leggette: Co-leader of the national Energy team and managing partner of the firm’s Denver office, Leggette’s high-profile practice includes advising oil and gas companies regarding onshore shale plays, federal and private mineral royalties, energy companies operating on federal and Indian lands, and companies operating under federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2016, Leggette led a team that won summary dismissal of an anti-competition complaint filed in federal court against a Colorado energy company, alleging violations of the Sherman Act.

To access Leggette’s NLJ Trailblazer profile, click here.

For more information about the Litigation group, click here.


About BakerHostetler
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding this year, BakerHostetler is a leading national law firm that helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Tax – the firm has more than 940 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. Recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, an award-winning data privacy practice and an industry-leading business practice. For more information, visit


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