BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2024 Best Lawyers® List

BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 33 lawyers have been included in the 2024 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  

BrownWinick would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to the 2024 The Best Lawyers in America list:  

The Best Lawyers in America List:  

  • David Breiner – Patent Law 
  • William C. Brown – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Tax Law  
  • Paul E. Carey – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates  
  • Michael A. Dee – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent  
  • Douglas E. Gross – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Government Contracts; Government Relations Practice  
  • Kelly D. Hamborg – Health Care Law; Real Estate Law  
  • Robert D. Hodges – Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law; Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates  
  • Alex Johnson – Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law  
  • Thomas D. Johnson – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law  
  • Brant D. Kahler – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Real Estate  
  • Karen L. Karr – Real Estate Law  
  • Cynthia Boyle Lande – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Tax Law  
  • Drew Larson – Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law  
  • Joe Leo – Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law  
  • Allison Lindner – Banking and Finance Law  
  • Ben Merrill – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers  
  • Sean Moore – Litigation - Environmental  
  • Christopher Nuss – Tax Law  
  • James L. Pray – Environmental Law; Privacy and Data Security Law 
  • Brian P. Rickert – Construction Law; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Municipal  
  • Christopher R. Sackett – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Venture Capital Law 
  • Danielle D. Smid – Litigation – Labor and Employment 
  • Ann C. Spellman – Workers' Compensation Law - Employers 
  • Sheila K. Tipton – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Communications Law; Energy Law; Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Water Law  
  • Adam C. Van Dike – Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law; Real Estate Law  
  • Haley R. Van Loon – Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) 

Ones to Watch List:  

Using the same peer review methodology that Best Lawyers® has utilized for almost 40 years, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognized associates who have been in private practice for less than 10 years in the United States.  

  • Ellen Hames – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Corporate Governance and Compliance Law; Environmental Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law 
  • Kirsten Johanson – Trusts and Estates 
  • Katherine E. McKain – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law  
  • Jordan E. Meggison-Decker – Intellectual Property Law; Patent Law  
  • Kelli Orton – Real Estate Law; Trusts and Estates 
  • Maggie Simonson Schild – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Labor and Employment Law – Employee; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates 
  • Katheryn Thorson – Real Estate Law; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates  

Lawyer of the Year: 

In addition to individual Best Lawyers’ recognitions, Best Lawyers® also awards a "Lawyer of the Year" accolade to individual lawyers who received the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one lawyer is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for a specialty and metropolitan location per edition. 

Best Lawyers® has published their list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the professional, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries.  

Lawyers in The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.  

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