Foley Attorneys Named 2008 Best Lawyers in America®

16 October 2007 Media Contact: Dan Farrell News

The Best Lawyers in America® has released their 2008 guide and 156 Foley attorneys have been named to the list. Please note that 35 attorneys have been included in the guide for at least 10 consecutive years, and 13 attorneys have been named Best Lawyers® for at least 20 years, indicated by the (10) and (20) next to their names. The asterisk denotes that this is the first year the attorney has been listed.

The 2008 edition is the 14th edition of The Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers is based on peer-review surveys in which attorneys throughout the country cast nearly a half million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” 

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review that has been developed and refined for nearly 25 years. Lawyers are not allowed to pay a fee to be listed. Best Lawyers publishes an advertisement-free book each year to honor all those chosen – something that no other survey does.

Attorneys named and their primary practice areas, as classified by Best Lawyers, are:


  • Peter M. Barlow, Family Law
  • Michael L. Blau, Health Care Law
  • Stephen I. Burr, Real Estate Law
  • Charles R. Dougherty (10), Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
  • Gabor GaraiMergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Robert J. Kates (10), Family Law
  • Ellen C. Kearns, Labor and Employment Law
  • Edouard C. LeFevre*, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Susan E. PravdaMergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Michael J. Tuteur, Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Lawrence W. Vernaglia*, Health Care Law


  • Sharon R. Barner*, Intellectual Property Law
  • John T. Brooks, Trusts and Estates
  • Michael M. Conway (10), Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law
  • Dewey B. Crawford (20), Corporate Law, Securities Law
  • Scott E. Early, Derivatives Law
  • Jay Erens (10), Corporate Law
  • John N. Gavin, Insurance Law
  • Paul F. Hanzlik, Energy Law
  • James R. Hellige, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Trusts and Estates
  • William J. McKenna*, Commercial Litigation
  • John B. Palmer, Tax Law
  • E. Glenn Rippie, Administrative Law, Energy Law
  • Robert M. Stephenson (10), Appellate Law, White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Kathryn M. Trkla, Derivatives Law
  • William C. Weinsheimer (20), Trusts and Estates
  • Robert J. Zimmerman (10), Health Care Law


  • George W. Ash*, Government Relations Law
  • Patrick D. Daugherty, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Securities Law
  • Judy A. O'Neill (10), Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
  • Chris E. Rossman (10), Health Care Law


  • Charles E. Commander III (20), Real Estate Law
  • Gardner F. Davis, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Kevin E. Hyde, Labor and Employment Law
  • Linda Y. Kelso, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law
  • Chauncey W. Lever, Jr., Public Finance Law
  • Emerson M. Lotzia, Real Estate Law

Los Angeles

  • Carole E. Handler, Intellectual Property Law
  • Pamela L. Johnston, White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Richard F. Seiden, Health Care Law
  • Carl I. Weissburg (10), Health Care Law


  • Allen A. Arntsen, Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Michael H. Auen (20) (retired partner), Labor and Employment Law
  • Christopher S. Berry (10), Employee Benefits Law
  • Douglas B. Clark, Environmental Law
  • William M. Conley, Commercial Litigation
  • Michael S. Heffernan, Family Law
  • Joseph P. Hildebrandt (10) (retired partner), Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Corporate Law, Securities Law, Venture Capital Law
  • Bradley D. Jackson (10), Energy Law
  • Daniel A. Kaplan, Labor and Employment Law
  • Mark A. Kassel, Intellectual Property Law
  • Allan R. Koritzinsky (20), Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Family Law Mediation
  • Gregory F. Monday, Trusts and Estates
  • David W. Reinecke (10), Trusts and Estates
  • Blaine Renfert, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Real Estate Law
  • Anne E. Ross, Insurance Law
  • Anita M. Sorensen, Immigration Law
  • Naikang Tsao, Appellate Law, Intellectual Property Law
  • Michael B. Van Sicklen (10), Appellate Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, Commercial Litigation
  • David G. Walsh (10), Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Communications Law, Corporate Law
  • Paul T. Wrycha*, Corporate Law


  • William J. Abraham, Jr. (20), Corporate Law and Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law
  • Benjamin J. Abrohams (20), Real Estate Law
  • Steve R. Barth, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Securities Law
  • Linda E. Benfield (10), Environmental Law
  • Michael M. Biehl (10), Health Care Law
  • Robert L. Binder, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation
  • Elizabeth S. Blutstein, Public Finance Law
  • Bernard J. Bobber, Labor & Employment Law
  • Ralf-Reinhard Boer, Corporate Law, International Trade & Finance Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Michael A. Bowen (10), Commercial Litigation
  • John F. Callan, Trusts & Estates
  • Richard H. Casper (20), Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
  • Jon P. Christiansen (10), Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Franchise Law
  • Keith A. Christiansen (10), Trusts & Estates
  • James R. Clark (10), Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation
  • James P. Connelly (10), Health Care Law
  • John C. Cooper III (10), Intellectual Property Law
  • George D. Cunningham (10), Labor & Employment Law
  • John R. Dawson (10) (retired partner), Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Lloyd J. Dickinson (10), Employee Benefits Law
  • George A. Dionisopoulos (10), Trusts & Estates
  • Gregg H. Dooge, Employee Benefits Law
  • Kevin G. Fitzgerald*, Insurance Law
  • Michael D. Flanagan*, Environmental Law
  • Richard S. Florsheim, Intellectual Property Law
  • Mark F. Foley (10), Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Law and Information Technology Law
  • Carl D. Fortner, Tax Law
  • Richard S. Gallagher (20), Non-Profit/Charities Law, Tax Law and Trusts & Estates
  • Benjamin F. Garmer III (20), Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Securities Law
  • Reed Groethe, Public Finance Law
  • Edward J. Hammond, Banking Law and Project Finance Law
  • Michael W. Hatch (20), Real Estate Law
  • Emory Ireland*, Banking Law
  • Stanley S. Jaspan (10), Labor & Employment Law
  • Sarah O. Jelencic, Real Estate Law
  • Bruce A. Keyes*, Environmental Law
  • Harvey A. Kurtz, Employee Benefits Law
  • Benjamin D. Levin, Real Estate Law
  • Wayne R. Lueders (10), Trusts and Estates
  • Lawrence T. Lynch, Labor and Employment Law
  • Brian W. McGrath, Commercial Litigation and Franchise Law
  • James T. McKeown, Antitrust Law and Sports Law
  • James G. Morrow, Intellectual Property Law
  • Lisa S. Neubauer, Insurance Law
  • Jamshed J. Patel, Tax Law
  • Thomas C. Pence, Labor and Employment Law
  • Patrick G. Quick, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Securities Law
  • Greg W. Renz (20), Employee Benefits Law
  • Leigh C. Riley , Employee Benefits Law
  • Jay O. Rothman, Corporate Law and Securities Law
  • Nancy J. Sennett, Commercial Litigation
  • Thomas L. Shriner, Jr. (10), Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law and Commercial Litigation
  • Luke E. Sims, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Securities Law
  • Peter J. Stone, Commercial Litigation, Franchise Law
  • Mark A. Thimke (10), Environmental Law
  • James T. Tynion III, Project Finance Law
  • Adam J. Wiensch, Trusts and Estates
  • Trevor J. Will, Energy Law, Mass Tort Litigation and Product Liability Litigation
  • Allen W. Williams, Jr. (10), Energy Law and Environmental Law
  • Lynette M. Zigman, Non-Profit/Charities Law and Tax Law

New York

  • Peter N. Wang*, Commercial Litigation


  • J. Gordon Arkin, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Transportation Law
  • Edmund T. Baxa, Jr., Construction Law
  • James S. Grodin*, Commercial Litigation
  • John P. Horan*, Commercial Litigation
  • Richard W. Johns, Health Care Law
  • Thomas K. Maurer, Environmental Law
  • Paul E. Rosenthal, Real Estate Law
  • John A. Sanders, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Mary D. Solik, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • R. Duke Woodson, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Government Relations Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law

San Diego

  • R. Michael Scarano, Jr., Health Care Law
  • Victor A. Vilaplana (10), Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law

San Francisco

  • Teveia R. Barnes*, Structured Finance Law


  • Thomas J. Maida, Insurance Law


  • Michael D. Annis (10), Tax Law
  • Curt P. Creely, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law
  • William Keith Fendrick, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
  • Thomas M. Little, Real Estate Law
  • Carolyn T. Long, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Fred S. Ridley, Real Estate Law
  • Stephen J. Szabo, Real Estate Law
  • Martin A. Traber, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law
  • Steven W. Vazquez, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law
  • Mark J. Wolfson, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law

Washington, D.C.

  • Stephen A. Bent , Biotechnology Law
  • Gregory S. Bruch, Securities Law, White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Beth A. Burrous, Biotechnology Law
  • John M. Lynham, Jr., Trusts and Estates
  • Stephen B. Maebius, Biotechnology Law
  • Richard C. Peet*, Technology Law
  • Michele M. Simkin*, Biotechnology Law
  • Richard G. Stoll (10), Environmental Law
  • Harold C. Wegner, Intellectual Property Law
  • Samuel J. Winer, Securities Law