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Hirschler is pleased to announce that 25 of its attorneys have been included among Best Lawyers in America for 2020, with two attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year” for their respective practice areas. As one of the oldest and most distinguished legal directories, Best Lawyers conducts peer-review surveys to compile its annual list of top attorneys across various practice areas. The 2020 edition of the publication is available today at

Selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in Richmond for their practice areas are J. Benjamin English for Corporate Governance Law and S. Brian Farmer for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law. The “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions are awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area in a certain geographic location. Only a single lawyer in each specialty and designated location is named as a “Lawyer of the Year.”

Hirschler attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2020 Best Lawyers in America guide and their respective locations and practice areas are:

Tysons, Va.

  • Lawrence A. Katz – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; and Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Stephen E. Leach – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; and Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Wayne G. Travell – Commercial Litigation
  • Robert R. Vieth – Commercial Litigation; and Litigation – Real Estate
  • William L. Walsh, Jr. – Corporate Governance Law


Richmond, Va.

  • Paul H. Davenport – Real Estate Law
  • Thomas J. Dillon III – Commercial Litigation; Franchise Law; and Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Benjamin English – Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice; Corporate Governance Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Project Finance Law; and Venture Capital Law
  • Brian Farmer – Corporate Law; Information Technology Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; and Venture Capital Law
  • Mahlon G. Funk, Jr. – Family Law; Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs; and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Laura Lee Garrett – Real Estate Law
  • Barry A. Hackney – Construction Law; and Litigation – Construction
  • Robert P. Henley – Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • John C. Ivins – Litigation – Real Estate
  • Webb Moore – Construction Law; and Litigation – Construction
  • Courtney Moates Paulk Commercial Litigation; and Construction Law
  • Charles H. Rothenberg – Land Use and Zoning Law
  • John W. Steele – Real Estate Law
  • Michael H. Terry – Real Estate Law
  • James W. Theobald – Land Use and Zoning Law; and Real Estate Law
  • Anita G. Vaughn – Elder Law; Tax Law; and Trusts and Estates
  • John R. Walk – Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; Litigation – Real Estate; and Litigation – Trusts and Estates
  • James L. Weinberg – Gaming Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; and Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Robert Westermann – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Charles F. Witthoefft – Arbitration; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; and Mediation

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Globally, almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote and nearly 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world were received. For the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

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