Florida Trend Legal Elite 2016 Features 7 Tampa Lawyers

June 22, 2016

TAMPA – Phelps Dunbar Tampa partners Bret M. Feldman, Michael S. Hooker, Dennis M. McClelland, John D. Mullen, John E. Phillips and Seth M. Schimmel have been named to Florida Trend magazine’s 2016 “Legal Elite,” which recognizes the top attorneys in the state based on voting by their peers.

Jason P. Stearns was also recognized as an Up and Comer for 2016.

Actively practicing Florida attorneys were asked to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard as professionals – lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others. The votes are tallied using a formula that gives more weight to votes cast from outside a lawyer’s current firm. The final list of 1,144 lawyers represents less than 2 percent of attorneys in the state in private practice as well as government and non-profit attorneys.

Mr. Feldman, Mr. Hooker, Mr. Schimmel and Mr. Stearns practice in the firm’s litigation department, while Mr. McClelland, Mr. Mullen and Mr. Phillips practice in the area of labor and employment.

The entire Legal Elite report can be viewed by clicking here.  


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.