Type: News
Date: 08/15/2019

Eighteen Taft Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® 2020

Taft is pleased to announce that 18 Taft attorneys have earned the distinction of “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® 2020. This number reflects an increase of eight additional Taft attorneys in the past year who have been selected for inclusion in this year’s list of honorees. The “Lawyer of the Year” recognition is awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.

The following Taft attorneys have been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati, Ohio:

  • Jack Donson, Antitrust Law
  • Samuel Duran, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • Gerald Greenberg, Corporate Compliance Law
  • Ralph Kohnen, Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Arthur McMahon, Securities Regulation
  • Earl Messer, Construction Law
  • Russell Sayre, Appellate Practice
  • Melvin Shotten, Health Care Law
  • Timothy Sullivan, Litigation – Banking and Finance
  • Ross Wales, International Trade and Finance Law
  • James Zimmerman, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law


The following Taft attorneys have been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland, Ohio:

  • Irv Berliner, Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Howard Bobrow, Venture Capital Law
  • Bruce Lowe, Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Adrian Thompson, Education Law

The following Taft attorney has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Dayton, Ohio:

  • Lance Gildner, Litigation and Controversy – Tax

The following Taft attorneys have been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Indianapolis, Ind.:

  • James Dawson, Litigation – Real Estate
  • William Wagner, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants

About Best Lawyers®
Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The Best Lawyers® lists of attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers®, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the lists.

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