Five Partners Named “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America; 17 Addtional Attorneys Recognized

Kean Miller is pleased to announce that Mack Gregorie (Real Estate Law), Len Kilgore (Environmental Law), Trey McCowan (Bet-the Company Litigation), Carey Messina (Trusts and Estates), and Russel Primeaux (Trademark Law) have been named by Best Lawyers, the oldest and one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, as the Baton Rouge Lawyers of the Year for 2013.

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2013) is based on more than 4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.  The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

In addition, the following attorneys were recognized by Best Lawyers for 2013:
Gary A. Bezet (Commercial Litigation); Dean P. Cazenave (Mergers & Acquisitions); G. Blane Clark (Corporate Law); Christopher J. Dicharry (Tax Law), Vance A. Gibbs (Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants); Maureen N. Harbourt (Environmental Law); John F. Jakuback (Insurance Law - Defense); Katherine W. King (Administrative/Regulatory Law, Communications Law); Charles S. McCowan, Jr. (Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants); Ben R. Miller, Jr. (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Trusts & Estates); David K. Nelson (Construction Law); Linda G. Rodrigue (Health Law); J. Randy Young (Administrative / Regulatory Law); James P. Dore (Timber Law); Terrence D. McCay (Timber Law); Michael McGlone (Admiralty & Maritime Law); and David M. Whitaker (Employment Law - Individuals, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Labor Law - Union, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action - Defendants). 

About Mack Gregorie (Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year – Real Estate Law)

Isaac MacPherson "Mack" Gregorie is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller.  He joined the firm in 1984 and has extensive experience in all types of business and corporate transactions, including complex commercial and industrial real estate matters and finance.  Mack represents major international petrochemical clients, worldwide energy producers, banks and financial institutions, buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants, and lenders.  A Certified Public Accountant, Mack lectures frequently on real estate topics such as sales, leases, property law, purchase and sale agreements, and recent developments in real estate law.  He is also a title agent for First American Title Insurance Company. Mack earned his B.S. from Louisiana State University in 1979. He earned his J.D. in 1982 from the LSU Law Center, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.

About Len Kilgore (Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year – Environmental Litigation)

Leonard L. “Len” Kilgore is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller.  He is one of the founding members of the firm and has more than 30 years of experience in complex litigation, including experience in environmental and toxic tort litigation, and class actions. Len represents local, national and international commercial, energy and industrial clients in litigation involving toxic tort claims, personal injury, property damage claims, and class actions. Much of the litigation he has handled requires the development of complex expert testimony and scientific evidence.  Len earned his B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1973.  He earned his J.D. in 1976 from the LSU Law Center where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review and Phi Kappa Phi.  He has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching Louisiana Environmental Law at the Tulane University Law School.

About Trey McCowan (Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year – Bet-the-Company Litigation)

Charles S. "Trey" McCowan, III is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 1989 and practices in the litigation group. Trey represents local, regional and multinational energy and petrochemical clients in a wide variety of litigation matters. He has specific experience representing clients in litigation involving complex commercial agreements and legacy site litigation in the energy industry. Trey also represents clients with regard to environmental litigation and toxic tort defense.  He is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Sustainable Environment Award from the LSU School of Coast and Environment, Department of Environmental Sciences for his Master's Thesis entitled The Impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the Louisiana Judicial System. He earned his B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1986.  He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Tulane University Law School in 1989, and he earned his Masters in Environmental Sciences (Environmental Planning and Management) from the LSU School of Coast and Environment, Department of Environmental Sciences, in 2010.

About Carey Messina (Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year – Trusts and Estates)

Carey J. Messina is a partner in the Baton Rouge-Bluebonnet office of Kean Miller. He is one of the founding members of the firm and previously served as the administrative partner for six years. Carey leads the firm's estate planning and probate group and represents clients in wills, trust, succession, and federal tax matters. He works with individuals and families to establish estate plans. Carey also works with individuals to create non-profit corporations. He has particular experience in transactions involving valuation of closely held businesses for succession purposes, establishing shareholder agreements, and establishing wealth transfer entities.  Carey is a Certified Public Accountant and is a Board Certified Tax Law Specialist and Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) in Trusts and Estates, and Tax Law.  He earned his B.B.A. from Northeast Louisiana University in 1974 and passed the Certified Public Accounting examination in 1975. He earned his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1978 and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University in 1979.

About Russel Primeaux (Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year – Trademark Law)

Russel O. Primeaux is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 1997 and leads the intellectual property (IP) practice, which includes trademark, patent, copyright and trade secrets. Russel is a Registered Patent Attorney and is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He represents clients in obtaining protection for the various forms of IP and in litigation involving infringement. Russel also has experience in the representation of clients in the licensing, sale or evaluation of IP.  Russel handles IP matters spanning a wide range of technologies, including biochemistry, business methods, chemical processes, computer printer designs, digital hardware designs, electronic devices, medical devices, microprocessor design, electric power transmission, gas chromatography, oil exploration, software, thermodynamics, and waste treatment. On numerous occasions, he has served as an expert witness in patent infringement litigation in cases involving both utility patents and design patents.  He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1981. He earned his J.D., cum laude, in 1987 from the University of San Diego where he was a member of the San Diego Law Review.

About Kean Miller

With 130 lawyers, Kean Miller serves the legal needs of Louisiana businesses and Fortune 500 companies. The firm maintains offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lake Charles, Louisiana and is the largest law firm in the Capitol region.  The firm combines the talent and expertise of its lawyers into multi-disciplinary client and industry teams. These teams are comprised of seasoned legal professionals from a variety of disciplines who are equipped to identify legal and business needs and to develop superior service strategies that provide unmatched support to the client.

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