89 Phelps Dunbar Attorneys Named 2017 Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The Best Lawyers in America© has named 89 lawyers from eight of Phelps Dunbar’s Third Coast offices to its 2017 listing. Best Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have been voted by their peers as the top practitioners in the United States.

To qualify for inclusion in Best Lawyers, lawyers must be nominated either by other lawyers or by clients. The nominees are then voted on by lawyers who practice in the same region and practice areas and who have been named to Best Lawyers in previous years, with the top percentage of vote getters making the list.

Lawyers in each of Phelps Dunbar’s regional practice groups – admiralty, business, commercial litigation, health care, insurance and reinsurance, and labor and employment – made this year’s list. Phelps Dunbar lawyers included in the Best Lawyers in America 2017 list are:

New Orleans, Louisiana

Lee R. Adler – Banking & Finance Law; Real Estate Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law
M. Nan Alessandra – Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment; Mediation
Jane E. Armstrong – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Barbara L. Arras – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants
Robert J. Barbier – Admiralty and Maritime Law
John A. Bolles – Admiralty and Maritime Law
Kim M. Boyle – Commercial Litigation; Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment
Michael M. Butterworth – Admiralty and Maritime Law
Philip deV. Claverie, Sr. – Banking & Finance Law; Real Estate Law
Richard N. Dicharry – Insurance Law
Mark C. Dodart – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants
Mark A. Fullmer – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation; Venture Capital Law
Cecile L. Gordon – Health Care Law
George B. Hall, Jr. – Insurance Law
Stephen P. Hall – Insurance Law; Litigation-Insurance
Gary A. Hemphill – Admiralty and Maritime Law
Kevin J. LaVie – Admiralty and Maritime Law
David B. Lawton – Admiralty and Maritime Law
Robert P. McCleskey, Jr. – Admiralty and Maritime Law
Allen C. Miller – Commercial Litigation
Daniel T. Pancamo – Banking & Finance Law; Biotechnology Law
David L. Patrón – Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Intellectual Property; Oil and Gas Law
Katherine K. Quirk – Insurance Law; Litigation-Insurance
Christopher K. Ralston – Commercial Litigation
Marshall M. Redmon – Insurance Law; Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants; Reinsurance Law
William J. Riviere – Admiralty and Maritime Law
Harry Rosenberg – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar; Criminal Defense: White Collar
Mary Ellen Roy – Litigation-First Amendment; Litigation-Intellectual Property
Bruce V. Schewe – Litigation-Antitrust
James A. Stuckey – Banking & Finance Law; Equipment Finance Law; Real Estate Law
Patrick A. Talley, Jr. – Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental; Oil and Gas Law; Railroad Law
Brian D. Wallace – Admiralty and Maritime Law; Gaming Law
Alan C. Wolf – Energy Law; Utilities Law

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Jeffrey M. Barbin – Gaming Law
Jonathan C. Benda – Banking & Finance Law
Shelton Dennis Blunt – Commercial Litigation
Allen D. Darden – Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Intellectual Property; Litigation-Patent; Trademark Law
Susan W. Furr – Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment
Karleen J. Green – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Paul F. Guarisco – Energy Regulatory Law
J. Alan Harrell – Litigation- Environmental
Michael D. Hunt – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Construction
H. Alston Johnson III – Appellate Practice; Workers’ Compensation Law-Employers
Thomas H. Kiggans – Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment
Steven J. Levine – Environmental Law; Railroad Law
Richard E. Matheny – Tax Law
P. Ragan Richard – Banking & Finance Law; Franchise Law; Real Estate Law
Randy P. Roussel – Banking & Finance Law; Real Estate Law
John O. Shirley – Energy Law; Government Relations Practice

Jackson, Mississippi

Reuben V. Anderson – Appellate Practice; Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants; Mediation
Fred L. Banks, Jr. – Appellate Practice; Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Mediation
Ross F. Bass, Jr. – Commercial Litigation; Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants; Litigation-Banking & Finance
F.M. Bush III – Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Trusts and Estates
A.M. Edwards III – Business Organizations; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
Gary E. Friedman – Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment
Jerome C. Hafter – Biotechnology Law; Corporate Law
James W. O’Mara – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Bridgforth R. Rutledge – Franchise Law
James W. Shelson – Commercial Litigation; Environmental Law; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants
W. Thomas Siler, Jr. – Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management
Frank W. Trapp – Antitrust Law; Criminal Defense: White Collar; Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar
T. Calvin Wells – Commercial Finance Law; Corporate Law

Tupelo, Mississippi

Mark N. Halbert – Employment Law- Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment
Jeffrey S. Moore – Health Care Law
Gregory D. Pirkle – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Gulfport, Mississippi

Kyle S. Moran – Litigation-Insurance; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants
James G. Wyly III – Mediation; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Transportation Law

Houston, Texas

Peri H. Alkas – Litigation-Insurance
David L. Crawford – Commercial Litigation
John M. Elsley – Admiralty and Maritime Law
Patricia Hair – Commercial Litigation

Tampa, Florida

A. Brian Albritton – Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White Collar; Litigation-Health Care; Qui Tam Law
Karl J. Brandes – Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Construction
Michael P. Brundage – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation-Bankruptcy
Michael S. Hooker – Commercial Litigation
Lawrence P. Ingram – Commercial Litigation
Matthew L. Litsky – Insurance Law
Dennis M. McClelland – Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment
John D. Mullen – Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment
John E. Phillips – Commercial Litigation; Employment Law- Management; Labor Law-Management
Reed L. Russell – Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment; Labor Law-Management
Seth M. Schimmel – Commercial Litigation; Construction Law
Timothy P. Shusta – Admiralty and Maritime Law
Donald H. Whittemore – Commercial Litigation; Real Estate Law

Mobile, Alabama

Thomas F. Garth – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation-Trusts and Estates; Non-profit/Charities Law; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
Allen E. “Teeto” Graham – Admiralty and Maritime Law
Joseph J. Minus, Jr. – Commercial Litigation; Employment Law-Individuals
William E. Shreve – Appellate Practice; Insurance Law
Cooper C. Thurber – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs


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, LA; Jackson, Tupelo and Gulfport, MS; Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Tampa, FL; Mobile, AL; Raleigh, NC; and London enable Phelps Dunbar to serve clients not only along the Third Coast, but also the South, nationwide and abroad.