Thirty-Two Attorneys Named As Best Lawyers

Kean Miller is pleased to announce that thirty-two of its attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best lawyers in America 2017. Of the thirty-two attorneys listed, three have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in specific areas of practice.

Published since 1983, The Best Lawyers in America is regarded as an important referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. The list is compiled through an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of the top lawyers in the U.S. confidentially evaluate their professional peers. It is important to note that the lawyers listed in Best Lawyers have no say in deciding which practice areas they are included in. They are voted into practice areas entirely as a result of the votes they receive from their peers. The Kean Miller attorneys listed in the upcoming edition include:

Dean P. Cazenave (Mergers and Acquisitions Law), James R. “Sonny” Chastain, Jr. (Trademark Law), G. Blane Clark, Jr. (Corporate Law; Lawyer of the Year - Mergers and Acquisitions Law), Kevin C. Curry (Tax Law; Trusts and Estates), James P. Doré (Environmental Law; Lawyer of the Year – Environmental Litigation; Timber Law), Vance A. Gibbs (Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants), Isaac McPherson Gregorie, Jr. (Corporate Law; Real Estate Law), David J. Halpern (Land Use and Zoning Law), Maureen N. Harbourt (Environmental Law), Esteban Herrera, Jr. (Environmental Law), John F. Jakuback (Insurance Law; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants), M. Dwayne Johnson (Environmental Law), Leonard L. Kilgore, III (Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation), Katherine W. King (Administrative/Regulatory Law; Communications Law; Energy Law), Michael D. Lowe (Construction Law; Litigation – Construction), Terry D. McCay (Timber Law), Charles S. “Trey” McCowan, III (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants), Charles S. McCowan, Jr. (Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants), Michael A. McGlone (Admiralty and Maritime Law), Carey J. Messina (Tax Law; Trusts and Estates), Michael R. Phillips (Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defense), Russel O. Primeaux (Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; Trademark Law), Linda G. Rodrigue (Health Care Law), Robert C. Schmidt (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law), James R. Silverstein (Admiralty and Maritime Law; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants), Charles R. Talley (Admiralty and Maritime Law; Oil and Gas Law), David M. Whitaker (Lawyer of the Year - Employment Law – Individuals; Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Labor Law – Union; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Mass Tort Litigation /Class Actions – Defendants), and J. Randy Young (Administrative/Regulatory Law).

About Kean Miller

Kean Miller was formed in 1983, based on a foundation of mutual respect among attorneys, meaningful collaboration with and an overarching commitment to serve clients, and a commitment to serve the communities in which we work and live. Thirty-one years later, this fundamental philosophy is stronger than ever - from the people we represent, to the people we employ, from the charitable organizations we serve, to the civic causes we support. With more than 150 attorneys in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, and Lake Charles, Kean Miller is one of the largest full-service law firms in Louisiana, and the largest in the Capitol Region. The firm serves the legal needs of the people, businesses, and industries that drive the Bayou State. We have particular dedication to serving Fortune 500 companies with significant operations in the South, providing them with legal resources focused on growth. From the courtroom to the boardroom, our people provide creative solutions, unique strategies, and unparalleled value that allow our clients to perform at the highest level.

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