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Richmond, Va., Nov. 1, 2017 – Hirschler Fleischer announces that 23 of its attorneys have been included among Best Lawyers in America for 2018, with three 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 several practice areas. The 2017 edition of the publication is available at

Selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in Richmond for their practice area are J. Benjamin English for Corporate Governance Law and John R. Walk for Appellate Practice. Selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in Washington, D.C. is Stephen E. Leach for Litigation – Bankruptcy. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is named as a “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.

The Hirschler Fleischer attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America guide and their respective locations and practice areas are:

Tysons, Va.

Stephen E. Leach – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; and Litigation – Bankruptcy

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

J. Benjamin English – Biotechnology Law; Corporate Governance Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Project Finance Law; and Venture Capital Law

S. 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

Lawrence A. Katz – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; and Litigation – Bankruptcy

R. Webb Moore – Construction Law; and Litigation – Construction

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

Robert R. Vieth – Commercial Litigation; and Litigation – Real Estate

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

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers in America has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because its research is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in the guide is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers in America “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Hirschler Fleischer is a multidisciplinary law firm advising clients on a wide range of business, real estate and litigation matters. More than 75 lawyers serve local, regional and national clients from offices in Richmond, Fredericksburg and Tysons, Va. Standing toe-to-toe with larger firms on talent and experience, Hirschler competes on value and the level of personal attention we devote to each and every client. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at 

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