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Chambers USA 2010 Honors Husch Blackwell Sanders

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Chambers USA 2010: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has released their new rankings. Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best.

Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP Rankings

Corporate/M&A (Kansas City & Surrounds) - Band 1
Corporate/M&A (St. Louis Surrounds) Missouri - Band 3
Environment (St. Louis & Surrounds) - Missouri - Band 1
Labor & Employment (Kansas City & Surrounds) - Missouri - Band 1
Labor & Employment (St. Louis & Surrounds) - Band 2
Litigation: General Commercial (Kansas City & Surrounds) - Band 2
Litigation: General Commercial (St. Louis & Surrounds) - Band 2
Real Estate (Kansas City & Surrounds) - Band 2
Real Estate (St. Louis & Surrounds) - Band 1

Corporate/Commercial – Band 1
Labor & Employment – Band 2
Litigation: General Commercial - Band 1
Real Estate - Band 1

This year, 44 Husch Blackwell Sanders attorneys were selected as leaders in their respective fields; new recognitions are marked with asterisks.

Chicago attorneys include:
*A. Sidney Katz - Intellectual Property

District of Columbia attorneys include:
*Steven John Weber - Construction

Kansas City attorneys include:
James M. Ash - Corporate/M&A
*W.C. Blanton - Environment 
Steven F. Carman - Corporate/M&A
*John C. Crossley - Real Estate - Up & Coming 
David A. Fenley - Real Estate 
Gary D. Gilson - Corporate/M&A 
James D. Griffin - Litigation: General Commercial 
Stephen L. Hill - Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
*Kimberly A. Jones - Labor & Employment 
Patrick A. McInerney - Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations 
John R. Phillips - Labor & Employment 
Jason A. Reschly - Corporate/M&A 
Spencer R. Thomson - Real Estate 
Mark D. Welker - Labor & Employment 
Ralph G. Wrobley - Corporate/M&A – Senior Statesman 
John J. Yates - Labor & Employment

Omaha attorneys include:
Thomas H. Dahlk - Litigation: General Commercial 
Michael S. Degan - Litigation: General Commercial 
H. Dale Dixon - Corporate/Commercial 
Joyce A. Dixon - Corporate/Commercial 
David E. Gardels - Corporate/Commercial 
Howard F. Hahn - Healthcare 
John S. Katelman - Real Estate 
Todd A. Richardson - Corporate/Commercial

St. Louis attorneys include:
Craig S. Biesterfeld - Real Estate 
Thomas M. Carney - Litigation: General Commercial
*Jane E. Fedder - Environment 
Gary H. Feder - Real Estate 
Richard E. Feldman - Real Estate
*Bradley S. Hiles - Labor & Employment 
Alan B. Hoffman - Litigation: General Commercial 
Daniel P. Jaffe - Litigation: General Commercial 
John P. McNearney - Real Estate 
Kathleen T. Mueller - Real Estate 
Joseph G. Nassif - Environment 
Mary Anne O'Connell - Corporate/M&A 
Gregory R. Smith - Real Estate 
Melissa K. Smith-Groff - Real Estate – Up & Coming 
James V. Stepleton - Corporate/M&A 
Robert J. Tomaso - Labor & Employment 
Amy L. Wachs - Environment 
Robert F. Wilkinson - Environment

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.