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McGrath North Practice Groups Receive Chambers USA 2022 Recognition For Excellence

Chambers USA 2022 has recognized the excellence of seven core practice areas of McGrath North, and 25 of its attorneys practicing within those groups. “We work hard to continually build our core practice areas central to supporting our business clients,” said Roger Wells, President of McGrath North. “These efforts start with our summer clerk program, and continues with the development of our attorneys at all career stages, positioning them to serve our clients with excellence and receive these high honors.”

The 2022 Chambers practice area selections are set out below including select comments from Chambers on the strengths of those practices and identification of McGrath North Chambers’ ranked attorneys:

Corporate / Commercial

Chambers’ Comments - Highly regarded commercial offering, renowned for its imposing bench strength and stellar client roster. Offers leading expertise in corporate matters, with noteworthy experience of strategic acquisitions and securities concerns. Advises a raft of major regional players from the commodities, retail, hospitality and finance sectors. Particularly adept at handling complex franchising matters, as well as corporate governance.

Ranked Attorneys

  • David Hefflinger
  • Jeffrey Penne
  • Patrick Straka
  • Roger Wells
  • Thomas Worthington


Chambers’ Comments - Full-service firm with a widely respected litigation offering. Proficient across a broad array of commercial and insurance-related disputes. Advises an impressive range of local and regional clients, with significant knowledge of the energy and financial services sectors. Demonstrates further expertise in the agricultural and consumer goods sectors, featuring in a plethora of contentious mandates for a number of regional and multinational food companies. Well versed in product liability and business tort disputes, with further expertise in bankruptcy cases and breach of contract. Also provides significant experience in corporate governance, mass torts and class actions. The team also has experience on IP disputes.

Ranked Attorneys:

  • Patrick Brookhouser
  • James Fitzgerald
  • William Hargens
  • Patrick Pepper
  • James Powers

Labor & Employment

Chambers’ Comments - Recognized for its strength in managing a wide range of labor and employment matters for an impressive mix of local and regional clients. Offers considerable expertise advising on OSHA and wage and hour issues, with notable experience in the immigration space. Additional areas of strength include union negotiations, employee benefits matters and wrongful dismissal concerns. Also expertly handles noncompetes and collective bargaining agreements. Acts for employers in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, education and construction, with particular activity in consumer goods. Considerable experience in the federal appellate courts.

Ranked Attorneys:

  • Stevenson Bogue
  • Joan Cannon
  • Aaron Clark
  • Ruth Horvatich
  • Peter Langdon
  • Abigail Moland

Real Estate

Chambers’ Comments - Distinguished real estate group at this full-service firm, widely renowned for the strength of its transactional offering. Maintains a strong presence in the greenfield development space, with acknowledged proficiency in acquisitions. Additionally, well versed in zoning issues. Acts for a variety of notable clients from different industries, with experience in the energy, construction and financial services sectors.

Ranked Attorneys:

  • Lee Hamann


Chambers’ Comments - Well-rounded group with extensive experience in tax defense and coverage claims, with notable activity representing insurers in bad faith claims, as well as personal injury and life insurance claims. Demonstrates further contentious capabilities in matters relating to fraud, as well as accidental death indemnities and wrongful death actions in the healthcare sector. Additionally, instructed on policy drafting and regulatory concerns. Also has experience on construction liability matters.

Ranked Attorneys:

  • Robert Mullin
  • J. Scott Paul


Chambers’ Comments - Reputable Omaha-based group frequently mandated by high-profile multinational technology corporates, as well as national REITs and industrial companies. Regularly instructed to provide counsel on the local, state and federal tax considerations of commercial transactions, including niche expertise concerning aircraft transactions. Additionally, well regarded for its counsel on tax incentives, tax issues around company formation and tax planning.

Ranked Attorneys:

  • Jeff Pirruccello
  • Jonathan Grob
  • Nicholas Niemann
  • Matthew Ottemann

Intellectual Property

Chambers’ Comments - Active on a wide range of IP issues including trademark and patent prosecution, infringement and trade secrets issues. Experience advising clients in the technology, life science and finance sectors.

Ranked Attorneys:

  • Clint Cadwallader
  •  Luke Holst

About Chambers and Partners USA

Chambers USA focuses on lawyers for business and bases its rankings on market research and interviews with clients and attorneys across the nation. This enables Chambers to assess technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.

About McGrath North Mullin & Kratz

McGrath North focuses first and always on Client Success. We have a talented team of almost 70 experts who effectively and successfully collaborate with our clients, including small and mid-size businesses to Fortune 500 companies operating in a broad range of industries.

We judge ourselves based on the real-world value we provide to our clients, whether they are operating in the Midwest, across the country, or in business centers across the globe. We are fueled to achieve that success by a relentless concentration on Excellence. 

To be our best, McGrath North is always transforming and investing in talent, technology, and leadership, with a genuine commitment for building diversity, equity and inclusion within our firm, our profession and our community. While we are proud of our first 60 years of service, we are always innovating and recreating ourselves for the challenges ahead for our clients.