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Press Release


November 12, 2012
Pillsbury continues to earn top recognition in the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report & Best Lawyers®’ “Best Law Firm” rankings – a comprehensive survey of America's top law firms – with 67 Tier 1 rankings included in its overall 123 practice rankings. Pillsbury added several new national rankings at the Tier 1 level, including Construction Law, Information Technology, Natural Resources Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Venture Capital Law. The survey also resulted in 169 individual rankings for Pillsbury attorneys, with 98 lawyers ranked in one or more of 55 major practice areas around the U.S., a 26% increase firm’s 2012 results.

Included again in the 2013 rankings is the recognition of one “Law Firm of the Year” in each of the 75 nationally-ranked practice areas. Pillsbury received this honor for “Trusts & Estates Law,” Law firms singled-out for this designation had “impressive overall performance in our research,” according to U.S. News and Best Lawyers.

Individual Lawyer Rankings

For 2013 six Pillsbury lawyers have been named among Best Lawyers’ 2013 Lawyers of the Year.

  • Robert C. Herr, Best Lawyers’ 2013 San Francisco Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Mike Hird, Best Lawyers’ 2013 San Diego Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Rodney R. Peck, Best Lawyers’ 2013 San Francisco Financial Services Regulation Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Daniel N. Riesenberg, Best Lawyers’ 2013 San Diego Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law "Lawyer of the Year
  • Jeffrey M. Vesely, Best Lawyers’ 2013 San Francisco Litigation & Controversy - Tax Lawyer of the Year
  • Robert E. Zahler, Best Lawyers’ 2013 Washington DC Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers has also released their annual list of individual attorneys selected by their peers. To be selected for Best Lawyers an attorney must be nominated and voted on by fellow peers in the profession. In terms of individual lawyer rankings, 97 Pillsbury attorneys were ranked, 18 for the first time, with 40 attorneys recognized in two or more categories, for a total of 168 rankings, including:

William P. Atkins (3 categories), Michael R. Barr (2), Jill D. Block, William E. Bonano (2), Carol Seabrook Boulanger, Allen E. Briskin, Becky M. Bruner, William L. Burke (2), Terrence A. Callan (new), Thomas A. Campbell (new), Donald A. Carr (new), Nathaniel M. Cartmell III (5), Howard L. Clemons, David J. Cynamon (5), David T. Dekker (2), Jorge A. del Calvo (5), Jeffrey J. Delaney, Julie A. Divola, Aaron S. Dyer (new), Todd W. Eckland, Mark Elliott (new), Michael P. Ellis (new), John Engel, Richard L. Epling (2), David R. Farabee (new), Ronald A. Fleming, Kevin M. Fong, Elizabeth H. W. Fry, David R. Furbush (new), Maria Galeno (new), Peter K. Hahn (new), George P. Haley (2), Ellen K. Harrison (2), Kirke M. Hasson (new), John R. Heisse, Mark R. Hellerer (2), Robert C. Herr (2), Adam R. Hess (3), Gerald M. Hinkley, T. Michael Hird, Jerald A. Jacobs, Michael Evan Jaffe, David G. Keyko (6), Donald G. Kilpatrick, William C.F. Kurz, Daniel G. Lamb, Jr. (2), John G. Mauel, John B. McNeece, Christopher J. McNevin, Steven L. Meltzer, David L. Miller, E. Leo Milonas (3), M. David Minnick (new), Christopher R. Mirick (2), Vincent E. Morgan, J. Richard Morrissey, Michael Murphy, Roxane A. Polidora (new), John S. Poulos (new)Rodney R. Peck (2), John F. Pritchard, Kenneth P. Quinn, Daniel N. Riesenberg, James M. Rishwain, Jr., Bob Robbins (new, 2), Margaret N. Rosegay, Jerry W. Ross, Kim T. Schoknecht (new), Michael P. Schumaecker, Susan P. Serota, Marc S. Shapiro, Jay E. Silberg, George M. Sirilla (2), David R. Snyder (3), Lynn A. Soukup, Thomas E. Sparks, Jr. (2), Robin L. Spear, Samuel E. Stubbs (5), Michael J. Sullivan, J. Anthony Terrell, Robert B. Thum, Douglas R. Tribble (new), Andrew M. Troop (2), Cydney A. Tune, Thomas L. Van Wyngarden, Jeffrey M. Vesely (2), Christopher R. Wall, William S. Waller, Philip S. Warden, Jan H. Webster, Stephen A. Weiner (3), William K. West (5), Blair W. White (2), Wendelin A. White, Stanton D. Wong, Robert E. Zahler (2) and Richard R. Zaragoza (new).

About Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Pillsbury is a full-service law firm with a keen industry focus on energy & natural resources, financial services, real estate & construction, and technology. Based in the world's major financial, technology and energy centers, Pillsbury counsels clients on global regulatory, litigation and corporate matters. We work in multidisciplinary teams that allow us to anticipate trends and bring a 360-degree perspective to complex business and legal issues—helping clients to take greater advantage of new opportunities and better mitigate risk. This collaborative work style helps produce the results our clients seek.
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