11 Phelps Dunbar Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Their Markets for 2017

August 19, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The Best Lawyers in America© has designated 11 Phelps Dunbar attorneys as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2017 in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as Jackson, Mississippi and Tampa, Florida. The Lawyer of the Year award is presented to one lawyer in a particular practice area and metropolitan area, and the lawyer has to have been recognized on the same year’s Best Lawyers in America listing.

Phelps Dunbar attorneys named Lawyer of the Year for 2017:

New Orleans, Louisiana

Lee R. Adler – Securitization and Structured Finance Law
David L. Patrón – Litigation-Intellectual Property
Patrick A. Talley III – Environmental Law

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Michael D. Hunt – Litigation-Construction
Thomas H. Kiggans – Employment Law-Management
P. Ragan Richard – Banking and Finance Law
John O. Shirley – Energy Law

Jackson, Mississippi

Fred L. Banks – Arbitration
Jerome C. Hafter – Corporate Law
Ross F. Bass, Jr. – Litigation-Banking and Finance

Tampa, Florida

Dennis M. McClelland – Employment Law-Management

This was the third year in a row Kiggans was named Lawyer of the Year. Kiggans received the honor in 2016 in Litigation-Labor and Employment and in 2015 for Labor Law-Management. This was the second year in a row Talley was named Lawyer of the Year, having received the honor for Railroad Law in 2016, while Banks received the recognition for a second year in a row, having been recognized for Arbitration last year.

Overall, Phelps Dunbar had 89 lawyers from eight offices named 2017 Best Lawyers in America.


With offices positioned along the Gulf Coast from Houston to Tampa, Phelps Dunbar is a regional law firm of more than 270 attorneys uniquely equipped to serve clients in the major commercial centers of the burgeoning “Third Coast” of the United States. Locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Tupelo and Gulfport, Mississippi; Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Mobile, Alabama as well as Raleigh, North Carolina; and London, England enable Phelps Dunbar to serve clients not only along the Third Coast, but also the South, nationwide and abroad.