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Hirschler Fleischer announces that four of its practice areas and 12 of the firm’s lawyers are ranked among the best in Virginia in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. For the 13th consecutive year, Hirschler Fleischer’s Real Estate practice received a Band 1 ranking, the highest awarded by the legal guide. The firm’s Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Corporate/M&A and Litigation: General Commercial practices were also named among leading practices in the Commonwealth. Chambers USA is a highly regarded legal directory, featuring client-led intelligence on America’s leading lawyers for business. The complete 2017 guide is available at

 “Growing distinction in the Chambers USA Guide reflects our mission to serve clients as trusted advisors,” said James L. Weinberg, president of Hirschler Fleischer. “Client satisfaction and support is the most important recognition we can receive and we are grateful to our clients and colleagues for participating in the research process.”

Three Hirschler Fleischer attorneys received Chambers USA’s highest ranking in their respective practice areas:

Stephen E. Leach, Bankruptcy/Restructuring

James W. Theobald, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Robert S. Westermann, Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Nine additional attorneys were recognized as leaders in their fields:

S. Brian Farmer, Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions

Lawrence A. Katz, Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Andrew M. Lohmann, Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions

Charles H. Rothenberg, Real Estate and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Michael H. Terry, Real Estate

Wayne G. Travell, Litigation: General Commercial

John R. Walk, Litigation: General Commercial

Charles F. Witthoefft, Litigation: General Commercial

M. Jay Yurow, Real Estate

Additionally, Lisa J. Hedrick was named as an “Up and Coming” lawyer in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions, and Rachel A. Greenleaf was named among “Associates to Watch” in Bankruptcy/Restructuring.

In Chambers’ editorial comments on the firm, Hirschler Fleischer’s Real Estate practice is recognized as a “preeminent real estate outfit offering strength in development, transactional, land use and zoning matters,” and is noted “for its high level of activity in significant developments regionally, including mixed-use, retail, office, multifamily and hotels.” Clients interviewed by Chambers describe the firm as a “gem,” and praise its “excellent and very timely services.”

Individually, Theobald is stated as “one of the premier land use development lawyers,” who is respected for his representation of developers and retailers on a range of land use matters. Terry is noted for counseling “lending institutions, developers and owners on real estate transactions, financing and development matters, as well as troubled loan workouts.” Rothenberg is noted for assisting clients from the health care sector. Yurow is considered an “amazing interpreter of highly technical, important information.”

Hirschler Fleischer’s Bankruptcy practice is known for being a “newly expanded practice that is noted for its creditors’ rights expertise, as well as its representation of debtors.” Clients are said to have “deep confidence in the firm” and value its “professionalism and quality of work.”

Feedback from Westermann’s clients and peers praised him for being an “articulate litigator who is always professional, smart and knows what he is doing.” Leach is considered “very capable, very reasonable and has a calm, reassuring disposition.” Katz is praised for his “wide-ranging expertise in the bankruptcy place,” and Rachel Greenleaf is noted for being “very detailed and efficient.”

Chambers describes the Corporate / M&A practice as a “broad midmarket-focused corporate practice that comes recommended for M&A and investment management strengths, acting for a range of institutional investors” and praises the group for maintaining its “strong reputation for its work in the energy and infrastructure arena, handling financing, project development and M&A.” Clients and peers praise the group’s approach to client service, noting that it offers “the ability to devote 100 percent attention to your needs.”

Individually, Lohmann is noted for consistently providing “appropriate guidance and very fairly” presenting all sides of an argument. Farmer is described by his clients and peers as “very professional, capable and thoughtful,” and Hedrick is simply noted as “outstanding” for her handling of M&A and securities offerings.

Hirschler Fleischer’s Litigation: General Commercial practice is known for offering its clients “a good bench of attorneys capable of handling sophisticated business litigation matters, such as insurance coverage defense and M&A and contract disputes,” and clients and peers praise the firm for its “dedicated people” as well as for being “patient, timely and highly available.”

Individually, Travell is noted as “very able and thorough,” with one client “in awe of his ability to retain information.” Witthoefft is recognized as a “good, straight and effective lawyer,” and Walk is described by peers and clients as a “very smart lawyer” with a strong background in real estate.

Chambers & Partners publishes Chambers USA, a guide to law firms and lawyers across the country. Every year, Chambers & Partners conducts thousands of in-depth interviews with clients in order 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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