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Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2013

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Chambers and Partners has released its 2013 rankings of America’s leading law firms and lawyers, and Husch Blackwell continues to maintain its top status in several areas of practice. Considered one of the leading legal ratings agencies in the United States, Chambers USA 2013 ranked Husch Blackwell among the top firms in Corporate/Commercial, Corporate/M&A, Environment, Intellectual Property, Labor & EmploymentLitigation: General Commercial and Real Estate.

Chambers called Husch Blackwell’s Corporate/Commercial team a key player in the field, with “a broad offering of expertise including corporate governance, corporate finance, M&A and investment management.” A client summarized, “They are good at listening and understanding what kind of deal we want done, and work hard to get it done.”

With regards to the firm’s Corporate/M&A work, a client said, “They’re the very best value for the money we spend and have a good continuity of client service.”

Husch Blackwell’s Environmental team was recognized for operating a national practice that is regularly called upon to advise on international issues. “The group maintains strong litigation expertise and routinely offers compliance counseling to clients,” Chambers observed.

In the area of Intellectual Property, the firm was shown to have a “well-resourced team…equipped to handle the full range of IP work, including multimillion-dollar licensing and litigation matters.” A client said Husch Blackwell is “a very good firm that does excellent work for us.”

Chambers notes Husch Blackwell’s Labor & Employment group has “a forte in defending discrimination litigation and wage and hour class actions, while it also places a strong emphasis on preventive advice.”

Husch Blackwell’s Litigation/General Commercial team boasts “a successful practice which offers deep expertise in complex business litigation, particularly in class actions, and which often acts as national counsel to large corporations,” said Chambers.

Summarizing the firm’s Real Estate practice, Chambers said it “offers a multidisciplinary approach where it can draw upon resources in a range of different disciplines to assist with sophisticated real estate mandates. The group has expertise across the spectrum, with a particular emphasis on advising corporate clients on real estate finance and workouts, developments and public incentives.”

In addition to group honors, 37 individual Husch Blackwell attorneys received recognition for achievement in their respective fields.

Those attorneys, by location, are:

Ronald I. Feldman - Real Estate

Robert Attai - Corporate/M&A
Jeffrey A. Chase - Litigation: General Commercial
Steven M. Cohen - Real Estate
Paul A. Jacobs - Real Estate
Kevin H. Kelley - Real Estate

District of Columbia:
Hal J. Perloff - Construction - Up & Coming

Kansas City:
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
Paul F. Pautler Jr. - Labor & Employment
John R. Phillips - Labor & Employment
Jason A. Reschly - Corporate/M&A
Mark D. Welker - Labor & Employment

Michaelle L. Baumert - Labor & Employment - Up & Coming
Michael S. Degan - Litigation: General Commercial
David E. Gardels - Corporate/Commercial

St. Louis:
Craig S. Biesterfeld - Real Estate
Thomas M. Carney - Litigation: General Commercial
Samuel Digirolamo - Intellectual Property
Gary H. Feder - Real Estate
Richard E. Feldman - Real Estate
Bradley S. Hiles - Labor & Employment 
David A. Linenbroker - Real Estate
John P. McNearney - Real Estate
Kathleen T. Mueller - Real Estate
Joseph G. Nassif - Environment 
Alan S. Nemes - Intellectual Property
Mary Anne O'Connell - Corporate/M&A
Gregory R. Smith - Real Estate
Robert J. Tomaso - Labor & Employment
Amy L. Wachs - Environment
Robert F. Wilkinson – Environment

Chambers and Partners establishes its rankings by utilizing a team of 134 researchers who conduct thousands of in-depth interviews with lawyers and their clients worldwide. The team identifies and ranks the world’s best lawyers according to the criteria most valued by clients: technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery and value for money.