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February 19, 2015

Fifty-Nine King & Spalding Lawyers in Atlanta Named to ‘Super Lawyers’ List

ATLANTA, February 19, 2015 — The 2015 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Georgia Super Lawyers magazine recognized 59 King & Spalding lawyers as among the best in their respective practice areas in the state. In all, 47 were named “Georgia Super Lawyers” and 12 more were recognized as “Rising Stars.”

Partners Patricia Barmeyer, Letitia McDonald and Chilton Varner also received the added distinction of being cited as three of the top 50 female lawyers in Georgia. Barmeyer is head of the firm’s environmental practice, and McDonald and Varner focus on complex commercial litigation and product liability litigation, respectively. In addition, tort partner Ray Persons was listed among the top 100 lawyers in the state.

For inclusion onto these lists, lawyers are nominated by their peers and chosen based on an extensive balloting, research and a blue-ribbon review process. The final published list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state. The 47 lawyers named to the overall “Georgia Super Lawyers” list and their respective practice areas are:

  • Carolyn Z. Alford, Banking

  • Jesse H. Austin III, Bankruptcy: Business

  • Bruce W. Baber, Intellectual Property Litigation

  • David L. Balser, Business Litigation

  • Raymond E. Baltz, Jr., Mergers & Acquisitions 

  • Patricia T. Barmeyer, Environmental Litigation

  • C. William Baxley, Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Andrew T. Bayman, Personal Injury - Products: Defense

  • Sarah R. Borders, Bankruptcy: Business

  • James W Boswell III, Health Care

  • J. Kevin Buster, Class Action

  • John D. Capers, Jr., Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Jeffrey S. Cashdan, Antitrust Litigation

  • John A. Chandler, Business Litigation 

  • Albert H. Conrad, Jr., Banking 

  • Stephen S. Cowen, Criminal Defense: White Collar

  • Paul K. Ferdinands, Bankruptcy: Business

  • Harold E. Franklin, Jr., Personal Injury - Products: Defense

  • Peter J. Genz, Tax

  • John W. Harbin, Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Holmes J. Hawkins III, Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Robert D. Hays, Jr., Class Action

  • William A. Holby, Government Finance 

  • Clayton D. Howell, Real Estate

  • Michael W. Johnston, Employment Litigation: Defense

  • Joshua M. Kamin, Real Estate

  • L. Joseph Loveland, Jr., Business Litigation 

  • Meghan H. Magruder, Business Litigation

  • Mark M. Maloney, Bankruptcy: Business 

  • Samuel M. Matchett, Employment & Labor

  • Letitia A. McDonald, Estate & Trust Litigation
  • Chris D. Molen, Banking
  • Catherine M. O'Neil, Criminal Defense: White Collar 

  • W. Ray Persons, Civil Litigation: Defense

  • Glen A. Reed, Health Care 

  • William G. Roche, Intellectual Property 

  • Kim H. Roeder, Health Care 

  • Richard A. Schneider, Class Action

  • Gregory K. Smith, Construction Litigation

  • William Calvin Smith, Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Adam G. Sowatzka, Environmental 

  • Phyllis B. Sumner, Business Litigation 

  • Elizabeth V. Tanis, Business Litigation

  • M. Robert Thornton, Securities Litigation

  • Chilton Davis Varner, Class Action

  • Sara Kay Wheeler, Health Care

  • Christopher Wray, Criminal Defense: White Collar

The selection process used in populating the list of Rising Stars mirrors that used for Super Lawyers with one exception, eligibility. In order to be considered for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years age or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list. The list of King & Spalding lawyers identified as “Georgia Rising Stars” includes:

  • Mary Katherine Bates, Intellectual Property

  • Frank T. Bayuk, Jr., Personal Injury - Products: Defense 

  • Russell E. Blythe, Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Susan M. Clare, Personal Injury - Products: Defense

  • Geoffrey M. Drake, Personal Injury - Products: Defense

  • John L. Fortuna, Environmental Litigation

  • Brent Gilfedder, Real Estate

  • Shelby S. Guilbert, Jr., Insurance Coverage

  • Thomas H. Hawk III, Health Care

  • W. Austin Jowers, Bankruptcy: Business

  • Michael E. Paulhus, Health Care

  • Emily J. Sweitzer, Real Estate

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