Chambers USA Names 37 Phelps Dunbar Attorneys, 16 Practice Areas Industry Leaders

May 27, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized lawyers and practices at five of Phelps Dunbar’s Third Coast offices for excellence in the field, with 16 of the firm’s practice areas and 37 lawyers receiving the distinction of being ranked in Chambers this year.

Chambers and Partners is well known for publishing guides of business lawyers across the world, and releases its annual guide to lawyers and law firms in the United States each spring. Chambers rankings are determined by independent research by staff researchers, extensive interviews with the lawyers themselves as well as clients, and information provided by the firms on recent matters. In order to be ranked by Chambers, lawyers must exhibit superior performance in categories such as technical legal ability, client service, professionalism, and diligence. A full-time staff of about 150 editors and researchers work year-round to produce Chambers guides.

In the national realm, Phelps Dunbar was ranked in the highest category, Band 1, for its admiralty practice in the category of Transportation: Shipping: Litigation (outside New York). Michael M. Butterworth, Kevin LaVie and David Lawton of the firm’s New Orleans office were individually recognized nationally in this category.

Nine of the firm’s Louisiana practices were ranked by Chambers this year, including Banking & Finance, Construction, Corporate/M&A, Energy & Natural Resources, Environment, Gaming & Licensing, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial and Real Estate. The following attorneys have been individually ranked for their particular practices:

New Orleans, Louisiana

M. Nan Alessandra - Labor and Employment
Jane E. Armstrong - Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation
Kim M. Boyle - Labor and Employment
Philip deV. Claverie, Sr. - Banking and Finance; Real Estate
Philip deV. Claverie, Jr. - Banking and Finance
Mark A. Fullmer - Corporate/M&A
Cecile Gordon - Health Care
Mark Jeanfreau - Corporate/M&A
David Korn - Labor and Employment
Harry Rosenberg - Litigation: General Commercial; Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations
James A. Stuckey - Banking and Finance; Real Estate
Alan C. Wolf - Energy and Natural Resources: Utilities

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Jeffrey M. Barbin - Gaming and Licensing
Karen Blakemore - Environment
Kelsey K. Funes - Construction
Susan W. Furr - Labor and Employment
Michael D. Hunt - Construction
Thomas H. Kiggans - Labor and Employment
Steven J. Levine - Environment; Environment: Litigation
P. Ragan Richard - Banking and Finance; Real Estate
Randy P. Roussel - Real Estate
John O. Shirley - Energy and Natural Resources: Utilities

The firm’s Jackson, Mississippi office received recognition for its Corporate/Commercial, Labor & Employment and Litigation: General Commercial practices. The following attorneys were individually recognized in the categories below:

Jackson, Mississippi

Fred L. Banks, Jr. - Litigation: Appellate
Ross F. Bass, Jr. - Litigation: General Commercial
F.M. Bush III - Corporate/Commercial
Gary E. Friedman - Labor and Employment
Jerome C. Hafter - Corporate/Commercial
James W. O’Mara - Corporate/Commercial: Bankruptcy
Bridgforth Rutledge - Real Estate
W. Thomas Siler, Jr. - Labor and Employment

In Phelps Dunbar’s Tampa, Florida office, Chambers ranked three practices: Construction, Insurance and Labor & Employment. The following attorneys practicing in those areas were also individually ranked:

Tampa, Florida

Matthew L. Litsky - Insurance
Dennis McClelland - Labor and Employment
John Phillips - Labor and Employment
Seth Schimmel - Construction


With offices positioned along the Gulf Coast from Houston to Tampa, Phelps Dunbar is a regional law firm of more than 260 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.