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59 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2016, Eight Named as “Lawyers of the Year”

Date: August 18, 2015

Baltimore – Fifty-nine lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 (copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm's Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, eight lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” for their particular areas of practice.  They are:

  • Robert F. Carney – 2016 Baltimore Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year."
  • Deborah H. Diehl – 2016 Baltimore Public Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year."
  • Bradford F. Englander – 2016 Washington, DC, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year."
  • John B. Gontrum – 2016 Baltimore Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year."
  • George S. Lawler – 2016 Baltimore Venture Capital Law “Lawyer of the Year.”
  • Brandy M. Rapp – 2016 Roanoke Litigation – Bankruptcy “Lawyer of the Year.” 
  • Gregory M. Stone – 2016 Baltimore Litigation – Intellectual Property “Lawyer of the Year.”
  • Steven E. Tiller – 2016 Baltimore Litigation – Patent “Lawyer of the Year.”


Martin Fletcher, the firm's Managing Partner, commented, “For Best Lawyers in America to name such a large number of our lawyers, in a wide range of practices yet again, recognizes Whiteford, Taylor & Preston's reputation and the high quality of service we consistently provide to our clients. We are quite pleased that Albert Matricciani, a former Maryland trial and appellate judge and experienced arbitrator and mediator in our Baltimore office, has been added to the list of Best Lawyers.  As well, we are especially pleased to see the many client comments demonstrating such a high level of confidence in us.”  

Client comments are posted on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers web site, at bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

The individual lawyers listed in "Best Lawyers" and their areas of recognition are below:

Maryland - Baltimore

  • Edward M. Buxbaum - Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law
  • John F. Carlton -  Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Mary Claire Chesshire - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Non-profit/Charities Law
  • Jonathan E. Claiborne - Commercial Litigation
  • Robert B. Curran - Corporate Law; Tax Law
  • Deborah H. Diehl - Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Public Finance Law
  • Gardner M. Duvall - Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law
  • Howard R. Feldman - Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law; Information Technology Law
  • Martin T. Fletcher - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation
  • Stephen F. Fruin - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Peter Guattery - Employment Law - Management
  • Harry S. Johnson - Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Frank S. Jones, Jr. - Copyright Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Patent Law; Trademark Law; Venture Capital Law
  • Alexander Koff - International Arbitration – Commercial; International Arbitration - Governmental
  • Edward U. Lee III - Real Estate Law
  • Jerald Lurie - Corporate Law; Real Estate Law
  • Dana O. Lynch - Technology Law; Trademark Law
  • Paul W. Madden - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Richard J. Magid - Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Securities
  • Albert J. Matricciani - Appellate Practice; Arbitration; Mediation
  • Rose M. Matricciani - Health Care Law
  • Albert Mezzanotte, Jr. - Commercial Litigation; Education Law; Insurance Law
  • Paul M. Nussbaum - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Gary S. Posner - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Dennis Robinson, Jr. - Commercial Litigation
  • Herman B. Rosenthal - Tax Law
  • William F. Ryan, Jr. - Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Environmental; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation - Securities
  • Joseph N. Schaller - Real Estate Law
  • Dennis J. Shaffer - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Robert Sloan III - Trusts and Estates
  • Dwight W. Stone II - Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants
  • Gregory M. Stone - Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; Technology Law; Trademark Law
  • Brent C. Strickland - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Steven E. Tiller - Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; Technology Law
  • J. Daniel Vorsteg - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Warren N. Weaver - Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Thomas Whiteford - Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Real Estate
  • William B. Whiteford - Arbitration; Mediation; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Thurman W. Zollicoffer, Jr. Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Maryland - Columbia
  • Thomas C. Barbuti - Real Estate Law
  • Robert F. Carney - Construction Law; Litigation - Construction

Maryland - Towson
  • G. Scott Barhight - Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Real Estate Law
  • Jennifer R. Busse - Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Edwin G. Fee - Trusts and Estates
  • John B. Gontrum - Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
  • John A. Hayden III - Corporate Law
  • George S. Lawler - Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Jennifer Ryan Lazenby - Insurance Law

Virginia – Falls Church
  • Raymond J. Diaz - Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law
  • Bradford F. Englander - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Christopher A. Jones - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Andrew J. Terrell - Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Real Estate

Virginia - Roanoke
  • Michael E. Hastings - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Brandy M. Rapp - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy

Washington, DC
  • C. Allen Foster - Litigation - Construction
  • Jefferson C. Glassie - Non-profit/Charities Law
  • Michael J. Grace - Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Kenneth J. Ingram - Education Law
  • Barry S. Neuman - Environmental Law; Litigation - Environmental

About Best Lawyers: Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” 

About Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP: The 160 attorneys at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston are dedicated to offering a comprehensive range of business law and litigation service to regional, national and international clients. We deliver sophisticated, cost – effective legal services to innovative start-ups, middle market companies and global enterprises from our eleven offices in Maryland, D.C., Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan and Delaware.