Related Professionals: Michael K. Brown Robert E. Browne Debra H. Dermody Casey Ryan Douglas J. Wood James C. Martin Daniel I. Booker Raymond A. Cardozo Kirsten R. Rydstrom John P. Feldman Kyle O. Sollie Paul D. Fogel Thomas L. Allen Dennis Peter Maio Peter S. Clark Claudia Z. Springer Kurt F. Gwynne Eric A. Schaffer Kim M. Watterson Daniel F. Peck Paul M. Singer S. William Richter Judith L. Harris Thomas H. Suddath Eric A. Dubelier Martha Hartle Munsch Robert P. Simons Gary R. Walker Douglas C. Rawles Diane Green-Kelly Jeffrey S. Palmore Russell J. Boehner James L. Sanders Grayson P. Hanes Bruce A. Blefeld Paul E. Breene Thomas A. Marrinson Stanley C. Nardoni John D. Shugrue John S. Vishneski Craig R. Enochs John N. Ellison David M. Halbreich Andrew M. Weiner David E. Weiss Harvey L. Leiderman Julia Krebs-Markrich Lee A. Zoeller Kathleen S. Mehfoud Diane M. Frenier Bradley S. Schmarak Douglas R. Widin George L. Stewart Stephen J. McConnell Nicolas G. Barzoukas James C. Brennan Charles H. Seaman Douglas E. Cameron James E. McNair Rudolf E. Hutz Courtney C. T. Horrigan J. James Cooper Sonja S. Weissman Leo N. Hitt Peter J. Chassman Dusty Elias Kirk Ronald G. Hartman R. Eric Hutz Karl A. Thallner Stephen M. Lyons Ricky Raven Stan Perry Stephen Scheve W. Franklin Reed Robert D. LoPrete Joseph M. Sedlack J. David Bickham David B. Fawcett

August 15, 2016, U.S. – Eight Reed Smith LLP lawyers claimed the top spot in in Best Lawyers’ latest annual round of recognition, earning 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” honors from the publication in their respective metropolitan areas. In addition, a total of 112 of the firm’s attorneys in 12 offices across the United States were named 2017 “Best Lawyers in America” in their respective practice areas.

Reed Smith’s 2017 “Lawyers of the Year” included the following:



Metropolitan Area 

Michael K. Brown  Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants  Los Angeles
Robert E. Browne  Patent Law  Chicago 
Debra H. Dermody  Antitrust Law  Pittsburgh 
Carolyn D. Duronio  Education Law and Non-Profit/Charities Law  Pittsburgh 
James C. Martin  Appellate Practice  Pittsburgh 
Casey Ryan  Employment Law – Management  Pittsburgh 
Kirsten R. Rydstrom  Intellectual Property  Pittsburgh 
Kyle O. Sollie  Tax Law Philadelphia 

According to Best Lawyers, only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as “Lawyer of the Year,” which “makes the accolade particularly significant.” Lawyers chosen for the honor “are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments the publication conducts with thousands of leading lawyers annually." Best Lawyers began designating “Lawyers of the Year” in the United States in high-profile legal practice areas in 2009. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.

Since its first publication in 1983, Best Lawyers has become regarded as among the definitive guides to legal excellence. The choice of lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. In 2015, more than 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

About Reed Smith

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