Best Lawyers Recognizes 24 Firm Attorneys, including 5 as "Lawyers of the Year"

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We are pleased to announce that the 28th Edition of Best Lawyers in America© recognizes 24 firm attorneys, including 5 Bell, Davis & Pitt attorneys named as "Lawyer of the Year."

The "Lawyer of the Year" award recognizes the attorney with the highest overall peer-feedback for a practice area in a specific region. The attorneys who received the "Lawyer of the Year" designation for their respective practice area are:

A total of 24 attorneys from the firm have been named to the 28th Edition of Best Lawyers in America© list. The Bell, Davis & Pitt attorneys recognized this year, along with the relevant practice area(s), are:

  • Leigh C. Bagley (Banking and Finance Law; Real Estate Law)
  • Frank Bell (Real Estate Law)
  • Daniel C. Bruton (Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; and Litigation - Bankruptcy)
  • D. Anderson Carmen (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Construction Law; Litigation - Construction)
  • John A. Cocklereece, Jr. (Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law; Corporate Law; Tax Controversy and Litigation; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates)
  • Galen G. Craun, III (Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law; Tax Law)
  • Ward Davis (Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation)
  • William K. Davis (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Banking and Finance; Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants)
  • Arthur J. DeBaugh (Copyright Law; Intellectual Property Litigation; Trade Secrets Law; Trademark Law)
  • Joshua B. Durham (Commercial Litigation)
  • Bradley Friesen (Litigation - Land Use and Zoning; Litigation - Real Estate)
  • Marc E. Gustafson (Commercial Litigation; Employment Law - Individuals; Labor and Employment Litigation)
  • James M. Iseman, Jr. (Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Tax Law; Trusts and Estates)
  • Jason James (Litigation - Construction)
  • Mark A. Jones (Criminal Defense: White-Collar)
  • Mallory M. Oates (Real Estate Law)
  • Walter W. Pitt, Jr. (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Real Estate Law)
  • Stephen D. Poe (Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Litigation - Banking and Finance.)
  • Elizabeth M. Repetti (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy)
  • Alan M. Ruley (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Banking and Finance Litigation)
  • Amy K. Smith (Trusts and Estates; Tax Law; Elder Law)
  • Robin J. Stinson (Family Law; Family Law Mediation)
  • Kevin G. Williams (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Banking and Finance; Litigation - Trusts and Estates)
  • Charlot F. Wood (Commercial Litigation; Employment Law - Individuals; Employment Law - Management; Workers' Compensation Law - Employers)

Additionally, the 28th Edition of Best Lawyers in America© has awarded two of our attorneys the "Ones to Watch" Awards. This award recognizes attorneys, who are earlier in their career, for outstanding professional excellence in private practice. Best Lawyers has named the following attorney as "Ones to Watch":

Recognition for Best Lawyers is based entirely by peer review by leading lawyers. The Best Lawyers methodology includes a nomination process, peer-review voting, analysis of feedback, and eligibility check.