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Honors and Awards

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Fifteen of the firm’s attorneys and five of their practice areas stand out among the nation’s lawyers and law firms in the 2018 release of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Chambers USA bases its rankings on market research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. attorneys and law firms. Interviews are conducted with clients and attorneys across the nation to enable Chambers to assess technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.

The firm is recognized for its work in the areas of Corporate Law, Labor & Employment Law; Real Estate Law, Commercial Litigation and Insurance Litigation.  David L. Hefflinger, Roger W. Wells (Corporate Law), A. Stevenson Bogue, Roger J. Miller (Labor & Employment Law), Lee H. Hamann (Real Estate Law), James P. Fitzgerald, William F. Hargens, James G. Powers (General Commercial Litigation) and Robert D. Mullin, Jr. (Insurance Litigation) all received Chambers USA top ratings.

Chambers USA says “This well-established firm enjoys an enviable position in the market due to its outstanding bench of lawyers. Clients particularly appreciate the breadth of experience within the firm as well as its close attention to client service.”

The full list of McGrath North Chambers USA attorneys include:

Corporate/Commercial
–          David L. Hefflinger (Band 1)
–          Jeffrey S. Penne (Band 3)
–          Jeffrey J. Pirruccello (Band 2)
–          Patrick J. Straka (Band 3)
–          Roger W. Wells (Star Individual)

Labor & Employment
–          A. Stevenson Bogue (Band 1)
–          Roger J. Miller (Senior Statesmen)

Litigation (General Commercial and Insurance)
–          Patrick E. Brookhouser, Jr.  (Band 3)
–          James P. Fitzgerald (Band 1)
–          William F. Hargens (Band 1)
–          Robert D. Mullin Jr (Band 1)
–          Patrick D. Pepper (Up and Coming)
–          James G. Powers (Band 1)

Real Estate
–          Lee H. Hamann (Band 1)

Woodward/White has released the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® which includes 46 McGrath North lawyers practicing in 57 legal specialties.  McGrath North is pleased to announce that the 2019 list includes 10 attorneys who have been selected “Lawyer of the Year” for the firm.  They are as follows:

    • William J. Birkel – Workers’ Compensation Law: Employers
    • Joan M. Cannon – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    • Steven P. Case – Environmental Law
    • Robert G. Dailey – Land Use and Zoning Law
    • William F. Hargens – Litigation: Intellectual Property
    • Guy Lawson – Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Nicholas k. Niemann – Tax Law
    • James G. Powers – Litigation: Banking and finance
    • John F. Thomas – Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs
    • James D. Wegner – Nonprofit/Charities law

The full list of McGrath North Best Lawyers can be found HERE.

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Twenty-three of McGrath North attorneys have been included in the Thomson Reuters list of 2018 Great Plains Super Lawyers. Selection into Super Lawyers is based on multiple factors, including peer nominations, evaluations and third party research.

The McGrath North attorneys listed as Great Plains Super Lawyers, with their cited practice areas are:

  • Robert D. Mullin, Jr. – General Litigation
  • A. Stevenson Bogue, Aaron A. Clark and Roger J. Miller –  Employment & Labor
  • Robert J. Bothe – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Steven P. Case – Environmental
  • Patrick E. Brookhouser, Jr., James P. Fitzgerald, James J. Frost, William F. Hargens, Patrick D. Pepper and James G. Powers – Business Litigation
  • David L. Hefflinger – Securities & Corporate Finance
  • Terrence D. O’Hare – Aviation
  • J. Scott Paul – Insurance Coverage
  • Jeffrey J. Pirruccello and James D. Wegner – Tax/Estate Planning & Probate
  • Peter C. Langdon – Employee Benefits
  • Roger W. Wells – Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Rising Star: Lauren R. Goodman – Civil Litigation, Creditor Debtor Rights, Bankruptcy
  • Rising Star: Abigail M. Moland – Employment & Labor
  • Rising Star: Jonathan L. Grob – Tax/Estate Planning & Probate

The full list of McGrath North Super Lawyers can be found HERE.


The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.  McGrath North is honored to have over 40 AV Rated Attorneys.

The full list of McGrath North AV Rated attorneys can be found HERE.
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