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78 Baker Donelson Attorneys Ranked in Chambers USA 2020

Health Law Practice Ranked Nationally; 27 Statewide Practices Ranked

Seventy-eight attorneys from Baker Donelson have been ranked as leading practitioners in the recently released 2020 edition of Chambers USA, a highly regarded directory of America's leading lawyers for business. Chambers USA also recognized the Firm's health law practice as a leading practice in the country, and 27 of the Firm's practice areas were ranked as leading statewide practices.

Considered a cornerstone directory whose listings are given much weight among business leaders selecting legal counsel, Chambers USA ranks law firm practice areas and individual attorneys based on research conducted by the directory's team of researchers, including in-depth interviews with clients and attorneys.

Attorney Rankings

Star Individuals

  • Healthcare: Sanford V. Teplitzky (Maryland)

Band 1

  • Antitrust: Hal K. Litchford (Florida)
  • Banking and Finance (Marine Finance): Edward H. "Hank" Arnold III (Louisiana)
  • Banking and Finance (Regulatory): Steven J. Eisen (Tennessee)
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring: E. Franklin Childress Jr. (Tennessee) and Jan M. Hayden (Louisiana)
  • Construction: Mark W. Mercante (Louisiana) and Edward P. Meyerson (Alabama)
  • Corporate/Commercial: William S. Painter (Mississippi)
  • Environment: Ralph DeMeo (Florida)
  • General Commercial Litigation: Roy C. Cheatwood (Louisiana)
  • Healthcare: Richard G. Cowart (Tennessee), S. Craig Holden (Maryland) and Howard L. Sollins (Maryland)
  • Real Estate: Kenneth P. "Pete" Ezell Jr. (Tennessee) and Denise Killebrew (Alabama)
  • Tax: Robert Wollfarth (Louisiana)
  • White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations Litigation: Mark P. Schnapp (Florida)

Band 2

  • Banking and Finance: Steven J. Eisen (Tennessee)
  • Construction: Mark W. Frilot (Louisiana) and David Kurtz (Louisiana)
  • Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions: Tonya Mitchem Grindon (Tennessee)
  • Energy and Natural Resources (Oil and Gas): Kenneth M. Klemm (Louisiana)
  • Gaming and Licensing: Amy K. Elder (Mississippi)
  • General Commercial Litigation: John S. Hicks (Tennessee), Gary C. Shockley (Tennessee) and J. Carter Thompson (Mississippi)
  • Healthcare: Ashby Q. Burks (Tennessee), Donna K. Thiel (Washington, D.C.) and Michelle A. Williams (Georgia)
  • Labor and Employment: Jennifer L. Anderson (Louisiana), Phyllis G. Cancienne (Louisiana), Brooks Eason (Mississippi) and Steven F. Griffith Jr. (Louisiana)
  • Medical Malpractice Defense Litigation: Christy Tosh Crider (Tennessee)
  • Real Estate: Matthew T. Harris (Tennessee) and Jon F. "Chip" Leyens (Louisiana)
  • White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations Litigation: Ty Kelly (Maryland)

Band 3

  • Banking and Finance: Jackie Prester (Tennessee)
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Edward H. "Hank" Arnold III (Louisiana) and Eric L. Pruitt (Alabama)
  • Construction: Matthew Emmons (Louisiana) and Linda A. Klein (Georgia)
  • Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions: Kenneth Abel (Maryland) and Noah Kressler (Louisiana)
  • Energy and Natural Resources (Oil and Gas): Adam Zuckerman (Louisiana)
  • Environment: Michael T. Dawkins (Mississippi) and Gary C. Shockley (Tennessee)
  • General Commercial Litigation: Nancy Scott Degan (Louisiana), Kent A. Lambert (Louisiana) and William N. Reed (Mississippi)
  • Healthcare: Joe Campbell (Alabama), Sean Finan (Louisiana) and Julie Kass (Maryland)
  • Labor and Employment: Angie Davis (Tennessee), Amelia "Mimi" Williams Koch (Louisiana) and M. Kim Vance (Tennessee)
  • Real Estate: William S. Mendenhall (Mississippi), David A. Rueff Jr. (Mississippi), William R. Sylvester (Alabama) and Ginger Weaver (Mississippi)
  • Tax: Nedom A. Haley (Georgia)
  • White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations Litigation: Joe D. Whitley (Georgia)

Band 4

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Dan Carrigan (Washington, D.C.) and John McJunkin (Washington, D.C.)
  • General Commercial Litigation: Sheryl Bey (Mississippi) and Linda A. Klein (Georgia)
  • Healthcare: Thomas William Baker (Georgia)
  • Labor and Employment: David Gevertz (Georgia)

Eminent Practitioner

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Timothy M. Lupinacci (Alabama)

Senior Statespeople

  • Construction: J. Ben Shapiro (Georgia)
  • General Commercial Litigation: Leo Bearman Jr. (Tennessee)
  • Healthcare: John J. Miles (Washington, D.C.)
  • Real Estate: John A. Gupton III (Tennessee) and H. Chervis Isom (Alabama)

Up and Coming

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Matthew M. Cahill (Alabama)
  • Construction: Kevin R. Garrison (Alabama)
  • Labor and Employment: Adam H. Gates (Mississippi)

Associates to Watch

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Lacey Rochester
  • Intellectual Property: Emily Billig

Practice Group Rankings

Band 1

  • Construction: Alabama and Louisiana
  • General Commercial Litigation: Louisiana
  • Healthcare: Louisiana and Maryland

Band 2

  • Antitrust: Florida
  • Banking and Finance: Tennessee (includes Regulatory)
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Alabama
  • Corporate/Commercial: Alabama and Mississippi (includes Municipal Finance)
  • Energy and Natural Resources: Louisiana (includes Oil and Gas)
  • Environment: Tennessee
  • General Commercial Litigation: Mississippi and Tennessee
  • Healthcare: Tennessee
  • Labor and Employment: Louisiana and Tennessee
  • Real Estate: Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee

Band 3

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Louisiana
  • Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions: Maryland and Tennessee
  • Healthcare: Nationwide
  • Labor and Employment: Mississippi

Band 4

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Georgia
  • Healthcare: Texas and Washington, D.C.

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