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Chambers USA 2009 Honors Husch Blackwell Sanders

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6.16.09

Chambers USA 2009: America's Leading Lawyers for Business released their new rankings today. Below is a summary of Husch Blackwell Sanders’ 2009 rankings, with new recognitions marked by asterisks:

#1 in Missouri – Corporate/M&A, Environment, Labor & Employment, Real Estate

#1 in Nebraska – Corporate/Commercial, Litigation: General Commercial*

This year, 39 Husch Blackwell Sanders attorneys were selected as leaders in their respective fields.

Kansas City attorneys include:

  • James M. Ash (Corporate/M&A)
  • Steven F. Carman (Corporate/M&A)
  • Gary D. Gilson (Corporate/M&A)
  • Jason A. Reschly (Corporate/M&A)
  • Ralph G. Wrobley (Corporate/M&A) – Senior Statesman
  • John R. Phillips (Labor & Employment)
  • Mark D. Welker (Labor & Employment)
  • John J. (Jack) Yates (Labor & Employment)
  • James D. Griffin (Litigation: General Commercial)
  • Stephen L. Hill (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)
  • *Patrick A. McInerney (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)
  • David A. Fenley (Real Estate)
  • Spencer R. Thomson (Real Estate)

St. Louis attorneys include:

  • Mary Anne O’Connell (Corporate/M&A)
  • James Stepleton (Corporate/M&A)
  • Bradley S. Hiles (Environment)
  • Joseph G. Nassif (Environment)
  • Amy L. Wachs (Environment)
  • Robert Wilkinson (Environment)
  • Robert J. Tomaso (Labor & Employment)
  • Thomas M. Carney (Litigation: General Commercial)
  • Alan Hoffman (Litigation: General Commercial)
  • Daniel P. Jaffe (Litigation: General Commercial)
  • *Craig S. Biesterfeld (Real Estate)
  • Gary Feder (Real Estate)
  • Richard E. Feldman (Real Estate)
  • John P. McNearney (Real Estate)
  • Kathleen T. Mueller (Real Estate)
  • Gregory R. Smith (Real Estate)
  • Melissa Smith-Groff (Real Estate) – Up & Coming

Omaha attorneys include:

  • *H. Dale Dixon III (Corporate/Commercial)
  • Joyce A. Dixon (Corporate/Commercial)
  • David E. Gardels (Corporate/Commercial)
  • Todd A. Richardson (Corporate/Commercial)
  • Howard F. Hahn (Healthcare)
  • Thomas H. Dahlk (Litigation: General Commercial)
  • *Michael S. Degan (Litigation: General Commercial)
  • John S. Katelman (Real Estate)

Chicago attorneys include:

  • *A. Sidney Katz (Intellectual Property)

Chambers USA selects attorneys for recognition by reviewing submissions from law firms, conducting interviews with attorneys and clients, and researching attorneys through database resources. Chambers researches, compiles and launches completely new editions of its directories each year.

Categories in which attorneys can be ranked as exceptional individuals include “Senior Statesman,” who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success. “Up and Coming” recognizes those who do not yet have an established reputation but who are driving their firm's growth. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.