RALEIGH – Kevin O’Brien, managing partner of Phelps Dunbar’s Raleigh office, has been named a 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyer, while associates Nathan A. Huff and Robert M. Kennedy, Jr., have been named 2017 Rising Stars by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine.
Mr. O’Brien practices in the area of insurance and reinsurance with a focus on complex insurance coverage, litigation and counseling, along with some insurance defense litigation. In the insurance coverage practice area, he handles complex first- and third-party coverage matters in both state and federal courts.
Mr. Huff practices in the areas of litigation and insurance, concentrating on complex insurance matters. As a former federal prosecutor, he also focuses his practice on white collar defense and governmental investigations.
Mr. Kennedy, also an associate, practices in the areas of insurance and reinsurance as well as labor and employment.
Super Lawyers honors the top 5 percent of attorneys in a state or geographic area who have been voted on by the legal community as well as vetted through independent research for professional achievement, excellence in the practice of law and a high degree of peer recognition.
Rising Stars honors the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in a state or geographic area as voted on by the legal community as well as vetted through independent research for professional achievement, excellence in their legal practice and a high level of peer recognition. While Rising Stars are researched and voted on in the same manner as Super Lawyers, lawyers must be either younger than 40 or have been in practice for fewer than 10 years to qualify for Rising Stars.
Recently patented, the Super Lawyers selection process evaluates attorneys based on 12 criteria, including clients, experience, licenses and certifications, verdicts, awards and honors, scholarly lectures, pro bono and community service, and more. After the assessment, peers vote on lawyers across a particular state or geographic area, in this case, North Carolina.
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.