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Hirschler is pleased to announce the inclusion of 15 attorneys in six different practice areas in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA, a highly regarded directory featuring client-driven intelligence on America’s leading lawyers for business. In addition, Hirschler was honored among Virginia law firms in the Bankruptcy / Restructuring and Litigation (General Commercial) practice categories and in the Southern Virginia region for its Corporate / M&A and Real Estate practices, with the Real Estate practice earning the prestigious Band 1 ranking for the 15th consecutive year. The complete 2019 guide is available at:

“Inclusion in this highly regarded legal guide is a tremendous honor,” said Courtney Paulk, president of Hirschler. “We appreciate our clients and peers taking the time to share positive feedback with the Chambers research team. Their satisfaction and support is the most important recognition we can receive.”

The Hirschler attorneys recognized by Chambers USA in the 2019 guide, along with the practice areas in which they were selected, are:

Richmond, Va.

  • Brian Farmer, Corporate / M&A
  • Lisa J. Hedrick, Corporate / M&A
  • Andrew M. Lohmann, Corporate / M&A
  • Webb Moore, Construction
  • Courtney M. Paulk, Construction
  • Charles H. Rothenberg, Real Estate and Real Estate: Zoning / Land Use
  • Michael H. Terry, Real Estate
  • James W. Theobald, Real Estate: Zoning / Land Use
  • John R. Walk, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Robert S. Westermann, Bankruptcy / Restructuring

Tysons, Va.

  • Lawrence A. Katz, Bankruptcy / Restructuring 
  • Stephen E. Leach, Bankruptcy / Restructuring 
  • Wayne G. Travell, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Robert R. Vieth, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Jay Yurow, Real Estate

In Chambers’ editorial comments on the firm, Hirschler’s Commercial Litigation practice clients shared, "The team is excellent; they are very responsive, approachable and give candid opinions.” Individually, they noted that Travell is a, “very responsive and bright attorney, who has the right arguments and presents them well in court.” Vieth is noted for his extensive experience handling commercial disputes and his notable proficiency in class actions litigation, business disputes and trade secrets cases. Walk is praised by a client saying, “he is great to work with – very intelligent and levelheaded.” Clients report “the team as a whole is very strong; they do high-quality work at a reasonable cost.”

Hirschler’s Corporate M&A practice is recognized for its broad, midmarket-focused practice that “comes recommended for its investment management strengths for institutional investors.” It is “also recommended for its M&A work for both private and public companies,” and “maintains a strong reputation for its work in the energy and infrastructure arena, handling financing, project development and M&A.” Farmer’s clients express that he does “top-notch work” and has an excellent market reputation for his representation of investment funds. Clients describe Hedrick as "very sharp and always accessible when needed." Lohmann is commended for his work in M&A and private equity transactions, as well as his corporate and commercial advisory practice.

Chambers praises Hirschler’s Bankruptcy / Restructuring practice for its representation of creditors and debtors and notes the firm’s strong track record of representing construction companies and engineering firms. Individually, Leach is held in high regard by peers as “smart, careful and calm; a lawyer’s lawyer.” His reputation and extensive experience make him a go-to for creditors, debtors and trustees in bankruptcy litigation. Westermann is praised as “extremely knowledgeable about the bankruptcy system; his work product and advice are always top-notch.” Chambers adds that Katz is a fine choice for both debtors and lenders involved in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations, liquidations and out-of-court restructurings.

Chambers refers to Hirschler’s Real Estate practice as a preeminent outfit offering strength in development, transactional, land use and zoning matters. The practice is noted for its high level of activity in significant developments regionally, including mixed-use, retail, office, multifamily and hotels. Theobald is praised as “a fantastic, very successful lawyer who handles sophisticated projects.” He maintains a sterling reputation as one of the top zoning and land-use practitioners in Southern Virginia. Rothenberg’s clients note his expansive practice that covers both transactional and zoning matters, as well as his especially strong reputation representing healthcare clients in acquisitions, construction issues and leasing work. Terry is recognized for his experience in acquisitions, development and leasing of commercial property, as well as his representation of lenders and institutions in financing matters.

About Chambers USA

Chambers USA is one of the most distinguished guides to law firms and lawyers across the country. Every year, Chambers & Partners conducts thousands of in-depth interviews with clients to assess the reputations of business lawyers. Top firms and lawyers are ranked, and their merits described – usually in the words of their clients that are interviewed by the Chamber’s research staff. It is the weight of client interviews that gives Chambers & Partners’ guides their highly valued credibility and reliability. For more information, visit

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