Related Professionals: Michael A. LoVallo Diane Green-Kelly Robert D. LoPrete Carolyn H. Rosenberg John D. Shugrue John S. Vishneski Stephen T. Bobo John A. Cullis James M. Davis Seth M. Hemming Dan J. Hofmeister Mark S. Hersh James T. Hultquist Thomas A. Marrinson Stanley C. Nardoni Brian D. Roche James A. Rolfes Barry S. Rosen Evan T. Knott Noel C. Paul Morley S. Fortier

Chicago – Reed Smith LLP announces the selection of 26 of its attorneys as 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers, and 14 others as 2015 Illinois Rising Stars.

All 40 lawyers work in the firm’s Chicago office. Six of Reed Smith’s Super Lawyers have earned the prestigious honor for 10 years; 10 of its Rising Stars previously earned Rising Star recognition.

“We are proud to have more than three dozen of our state’s top attorneys on our side of the table, working in a broad range of practice areas that are key to our clients’ success,” said Chicago Office Managing Partner Michael A. LoVallo. “It is an honor to have more than one-fourth of the lawyers in this office recognized among the state’s best legal professionals.”

LoVallo, Estate & Probate; Diane Green-Kelly, General Litigation; Robert D. LoPrete, Estate & Probate; Carolyn H. Rosenberg, Insurance Coverage; John D. Shugrue, Insurance Coverage; and John S. Vishneski, Insurance Coverage, were each named Super Lawyers in nine previous years.

Reed Smith’s other 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and their primary practice areas include:

  • Stephen T. Bobo, Bankruptcy: Business
  • James A. Burns, Jr., Employment & Labor
  • John A. Cullis, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • James M. Davis, Insurance Coverage
  • Theresa L. Davis, Business Litigation
  • Timothy S. Harris, Bankruptcy: Business
  • Seth M. Hemming, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mark S. Hersh, Insurance Coverage
  • Dan J. Hofmeister, Health Care
  • James T. Hultquist, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Cynthia Jared, Real Estate
  • Thomas A. Marrinson, Insurance Coverage
  • Stanley C. Nardoni, Insurance Coverage
  • Robert S. O’Meara, Business Litigation
  • Henry Pietrkowski, Class Action
  • Michael D. Richman, Appellate
  • Brian D. Roche, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • James A. Rolfes, Business Litigation
  • Barry S. Rosen, Business Litigation
  • Sarah R. Wolff, Securities Litigation

The firm’s 2015 Illinois Rising Stars making a return appearance on the prestigious list and their primary practice areas include: Evan T. Knott, Insurance Coverage; Thomas M. Levinson, Business Litigation; David A. Maas, Business Litigation; Melissa A. Mickey, Creditor Debtor Rights; Noel C. Paul, Insurance Coverage; and Matthew E. Pinkham, Securities & Corporate Finance.

Other Reed Smith 2015 Illinois Rising Stars previously recognized by Super Lawyers are: Joseph B. Prater, Business Litigation; Marina C. Santini, Business Litigation; Denise M. Ware, Criminal Defense: White Collar; and Casey L. Westover, Business Litigation.

The firm’s up-and-coming attorneys earning Rising Star status for the first time in 2015 are Tracy Gregar Ferak, Product Liability: Products Defense; Morley S. Fortier, III, Securities & Corporate Finance; Peter J. Huh, Product Liability: Product Defense; and, Jennifer L. Ilkka, Product Liability: Product Defense.

Super Lawyers annually selects lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement through a rigorous process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

To be selected as a Rising Star, lawyers must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or fewer. Up to 5 percent of the lawyers in each state are named to Super Lawyers; however, no more than 2.5 percent are selected annually as Rising Stars.

The 39 Reed Smith attorneys honored by Super Lawyers this year were announced in the Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine, as well Chicago magazine, in February.

About Reed Smith

Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in 25 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses, from Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises. Its lawyers provide litigation and other dispute-resolution services in multi-jurisdictional and other high-stakes matters; deliver regulatory counsel; and execute the full range of strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. Reed Smith is a preeminent advisor to industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, advertising, entertainment and media, shipping and transport, energy and natural resources, real estate, manufacturing and technology, and education. For more information, visit

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