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“Best Lawyers in America” Recognizes 79 Spencer Fane Attorneys

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that 79 of the firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys are recognized in their respective practice areas.

According to its website, Best Lawyers in America is one of the nation’s leading publications for attorney rankings as well as firm rankings for which it partners with U.S. News & World Report. Now in its 37th year, Best Lawyers is published internationally in nearly 70 countries and compiles its rankings based on annual peer-reviews.

This year, six attorneys join the Best Lawyers list for the first time, including Robert Van Amburgh, Jeff Figge, William Hayward, Crawford Moorefield, Aaron Pawlitz, and David Schatz. Inclusion among Best Lawyers is a significant honor and the firm is proud to have such strong representation in this year’s issue.

Dallas, TX

Sean R. McKenna

  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation – Health Care

Denver, CO

Steven C. Hoth

  • Trusts and Estates

James L. Kurtz-Phelan

  • Real Estate Law

Daniel Lacomis

  • Employee Benefits

Charles Leder

  • Real Estate Law

Philip A. Pearlman

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Troy R. Rackham

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Stephen P. Rickles

  • Employee Benefits
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Ellen E. Stewart

  • Health Care Law

Houston, TX

Jason L. Davis

  • Real Estate Law

Crawford Moorefield

  • Tax Law

Alvin L. Zimmerman

  • Family Law

Brian W. Zimmerman

  • Employment Law – Management

Jefferson City, MO

Joe Bednar

  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Kansas City, MO

Scott E. Blakesley

  • Litigation – Trusts and Estates
  • Trusts and Estates

Daniel E. Blegen

  • Commercial Litigation

Andrew C. Brought

  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation – Environmental

Michael F. Delaney

  • Employment Law – Individuals
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

Kyle L. Elliott

  • Patent Law

Brent C. Erwood

  • Banking and Finance Law

Norman E. Fretwell

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law

Scott J. Goldstein

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Joseph Hatley

  • Commercial Litigation

Carl H. Helmstetter

  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation – Environmental

Michael D. Hockley

  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation – Environmental

Eric L. Johnson

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy

Ronald L. Langstaff

  • Tax Law

Patrick A. McInerney

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Jessica E. Merrigan

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants

Peter Mirakian III

  • Corporate Law

James T. Price

  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Water Law

Richard W. Scarritt

  • Real Estate Law

David Schatz

  • Litigation – Construction

Mark A. Thornhill

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Julia M. Vander Weele

  • Employee Benefits

Patrick J. Whalen

  • Trade Secrets Law

Sue K. Willman

  • Employment Law – Management
  • Labor Law – Management

David N. Zimmerman

  • Litigation and Controversy – Tax
  • Tax Law

Las Vegas, NV

John H. Mowbray

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation – Construction

Minneapolis, MN

James A. Lodoen

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy

Overland Park, KS

Gregory L. Ash

  • Employee Benefits
  • Litigation – ERISA

Nick Badgerow

  • Arbitration
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Mediation

Laura J. Bond

  • Health Care Law

Robert A. Browning

  • Employee Benefits

Lewis A. Heaven, Jr.

  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
  • Real Estate Law

Richard H. Hertel

  • Real Estate Law

Andrew R. Ramirez

  • Health Care Law

Michael F. Saunders

  • Antitrust Law

Melissa Sherman

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Real Estate

David L. Wing

  • Employment Law – Management
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

Phoenix, AZ

Andrew M. Federhar

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation – Municipal
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

David E. Funkhouser III

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Trusts and Estates

Richard H. Herold

  • Commercial Litigation

Helen R. Holden

  • Employment Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

Michael F. Patterson

  • Corporate Law

Brian J. Zavislak

  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law

Plano, TX

William D. Hayward

  • Corporate Law

Robert W. Van Amburgh

  • Tax Law

Springfield, MO

Gary A. Powell

  • Trusts and Estates

St. Louis, MO

Timothy Ahrenhoersterbaeumer

  • Commercial Litigation

Bradford J. Cytron

  • Real Estate Law

James R. Dankenbring

  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Tax Law

Robert H. Epstein

  • Real Estate Law

Jeff D. Figge

  • Trusts and Estates

Gerald P. Greiman

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation

David M. Harris

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Franchise Law
  • Health Care Law

Donn H. Herring

  • Health Care Law

Edward Holderle III

  • Corporate Law
  • Nonprofit / Charities Law

Thomas W. Jerry

  • Real Estate Law

Robert H. Lattinville

  • Sports Law

Richard K. Mersman III

  • Real Estate Law

Thomas Osterholt Jr.

  • Real Estate Law

Aaron Pawlitz

  • Corporate Law

Eric C. Peterson

  • Commercial Litigation

Leonard J. Pranschke

  • Nonprofit / Charities Law

Glenn K. Robbins

  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation – Patent
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law

Scot J. Seabaugh

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law

Erik O. Solverud

  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

Ravi Sundara

  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law

Ones to Watch

In addition to the attorneys named to Best Lawyers, eight associates and two of counsel have been named as Ones to Watch. In its inaugural year, the Ones to Watch list recognizes attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence.

Dallas, TX

Preston Enoch

  • Commercial Litigation

Las Vegas, NV

Jessica E. Chong 

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Phoenix, AZ

Jessica Gale

  • Commercial Litigation

Springfield, MO

Tara A. Bailes 

  • Commercial Litigation

Adlai Groves 

  • Real Estate Law

St. Louis, MO

Arthur D. Gregg 

  • Commercial Litigation

Oklahoma City, OK

Hossein Farzaneh

  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate Law

Sarah S. Clutts

  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Litigation – Trusts and Estates

Kansas City, MO

Brian Peterson 

  • Labor and Employment Law – Management

Denver, CO

Jacob Hollars 

  • Litigation – Construction