Top Ranked by Chambers USA; 16 Attorneys Recognized as Leaders in their Fields

Dickinson Wright Top Ranked by Chambers USA; 16 Attorneys Recognized as Leaders in their Fields

Chambers USA, publisher of the world's leading guides to the legal profession, has named Dickinson Wright's Banking & Finance, Real Estate, General Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment, and Corporate/M&A practices "Top Ranked" practices in Michigan. In addition, fifteen attorneys practicing in these areas - three more than last year - were named "Leaders in their Fields." London-based publisher Chambers & Partners conducts research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. law firms by state, through in-depth interviews with peer and competing-firm attorneys, in-house counsel and significant purchasers of legal services. Of the ranked Dickinson Wright attorneys, William P. Shield Jr., received a first-place ranking in Banking and Finance, and Edward H. Pappas received a first-place ranking in General Commercial Litigation. Individual honorees include: Banking and Finance William P. Shield Jr., recognized for his work on various complex lending structures, including syndicated and leveraged financing. Colleen M. Shevnock, recognized for her work as counsel to banks and other institutional lenders in commercial lending matters. Banking and Finance: Bankruptcy Steven G. Howell, director of the Firm's banking, bankruptcy and tax group, is recognized for his work in corporate restructures and loan workouts, Chapter 11 reorganization, and the acquisition and sale of distressed businesses. James A. Plemmons, recognized for his bankruptcy work with troubled automotive suppliers, and debtor/creditor affairs. Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, recognized for his counsel in numerous bankruptcy matters. Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions Richard M. Bolton, recognized for counsel in numerous venture capital, LBO, recapitalization and mezzanine finance transactions. Mark R. High, recognized for providing expert counsel to buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions in a range of industries. Labor and Employment Timothy H. Howlett, director of the Firm's labor and employment, employee benefits and immigration practice groups, is recognized for his counseling in all aspects of employment law and employment litigation defending wrongful termination, discrimination and whistleblower claims. Deborah L. Grace, recognized for her work as counsel to public and private companies, advising them on all aspects of the design, implementation and administration of benefit plans, including retirement, self-insured medical plans, dental plans, life insurance, disability, and cafeteria plans. General Commercial Litigation Thomas G. McNeill, director of the Firm's commercial litigation, appellate and ADR group, is recognized for his work in defense of offering companies, officers and directors, accounting firms and underwriters in over 30 securities class action cases nationwide, as well as for his work in a wide range of business tort litigation, including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets and non-compete agreements. Edward H. Pappas, recognized for his exceptional talent in corporate partnership and shareholder dispute litigation. Real Estate Monica J. Labe, director of the Firm's real estate, environmental and estate planning group, is recognized for providing counsel to companies, developers, real estate private equity firms and real estate investment managers in the acquisition, development, leasing, and sale of office, retail, industrial, residential, mixed-use and entertainment projects throughout the U.S. Katheryne L. Zelenock, recognized for her work in commercial real estate finance on behalf of lenders on a national basis, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lending, capital market lending and securitization. James N. Candler Jr., recognized for his extensive real estate experience including counsel to MGM MIRAGE related to its Detroit hotel/casino complex. Stephen E. Dawson, recognized for his work including development, financing, commercial mortgage lending, and leasing. Laurence E. Winokur, recognized for his counsel in the purchasing, selling and financing operations for entrepreneurial real estate developers. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2008 is available online at: For more information, visit
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