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78 Baker Donelson Attorneys to be Ranked as "Leaders in Their Field" in Chambers USA 2012 Directory
March 30, 2012

(Memphis, TN/March 30, 2012) Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC is pleased to announce that the 2012 edition of Chambers USA, a highly regarded directory of America's leading lawyers for business, will recognize 78 Baker Donelson attorneys as leading practitioners in 26 practice areas. In addition, Chambers USA will recognize the Firm's health law practice as a leading national practice, and will name 25 of the Firm's practice areas as leading practices in individual states.

The Baker Donelson attorneys who will be included in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA will be recognized in the following practice areas: 
Antitrust: Hal K. Litchford and Keith Rounsaville
Banking & Finance: Steven J. Eisen and Jackie Prester
Banking & Finance (Marine Finance): Edward H. "Hank" Arnold III and James H. Roussel
Banking & Finance (Regulatory): Steven J. Eisen
Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Jan M. Hayden, Timothy M. Lupinacci and Eric Pruitt
Construction: Linda A. Klein, David Kurtz, Mark W. Mercante, J. Ben Shapiro and Danny G. Shaw
Corporate/Commercial: William S. Mendenhall, B.G. Minisman Jr., William S. Painter and D.J. Simonetti
Corporate/Commercial (Gaming and Licensing): Dan M. McDaniel Jr.
Corporate/Commercial (Municipal Finance): Jennifer R. Crowson and Stephen Edds
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions: Matthew S. Heiter, William N. Norton, Michael K. Rafter and David Rieveschl
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (Tax): Robert W. Nuzum
Energy and Natural Resources (Oil & Gas): Kenneth Klemm
Environment: Michael T. Dawkins, Gary C. Shockley, Robert M. Steele 
Gaming & Licensing: Paul S. West
Health Care: Thomas William Baker, Ashby Q. Burks, Richard G. Cowart, Gina Greenwood, Philip McSween 
Health Care (Regulatory): Thomas E. Bartrum
Immigration: Robert N. Johnson
Intellectual Property: Michael J. Powell
Labor and Employment: Phyllis G. Cancienne, Brooks Eason, David Gevertz, Steven F. Griffith Jr., Jennifer P. Keller, Timothy B. McConnell, J. Randall Patterson, William G. Somerville, Steven H. Trent, M. Kim Vance and Edward R. Young
Litigation (Bankruptcy): E. Franklin Childress Jr.
Litigation (Construction): Edward P. Meyerson
Litigation (General Commercial): Leo Bearman Jr., Sheryl Bey, Roy C. Cheatwood, Nancy Scott Degan, Barry W. Ford, John S. Hicks, Walker W. "Bill" Jones III, Kent A. Lambert, William N. Reed, Gary C. Shockley, J. Carter Thompson Jr. and W. Scott Welch
Litigation (Medical Malpractice Defense): Buckner Wellford
Real Estate: Mary L. Aronov, Kenneth P. "Pete" Ezell Jr., John A. Gupton III, H. Chervis Isom, Denise W. Killebrew, Jon F. Chip Leyens Jr., Robert C. Liddon Jr., Murphy McMillan, William S. Mendenhall, David A. Rueff Jr. and William R. Sylvester
Tax: Nedom A. Haley

In addition to recognizing the Firm's health law practice as a leading national practice, the 2012 edition of Chambers USA will also recognize the following Baker Donelson practice areas as leading practices in individual states.
Alabama: Bankruptcy/restructuring; corporate/commercial; labor and employment; and real estate
District of Columbia: Intellectual property: patent prosecution
Florida: Antitrust
Georgia: Health care
Louisiana: Construction; corporate/mergers and acquisitions; energy and natural resources; gaming and licensing; labor and employment; and litigation (general commercial)
Mississippi: Corporate/commercial; environment; labor and employment; litigation (general commercial); and real estate
Tennessee: Banking and finance; corporate/mergers and acquisitions; environment; health care; labor and employment; litigation (general commercial); and real estate

Since 1999, Chambers has researched the U.S. legal profession, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. Because of its independence and objective research process, Chambers USA is considered to be a cornerstone directory whose listings are given much weight among business leaders selecting legal counsel.