NASHVILLE, TN -- (Marketwire) -- 09/14/12 -- Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named the following Waller attorneys to its 2013 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyers of the Year" list in their respective practice areas. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in a given community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."
•James B. Bristol - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year, Nashville •James M. Doran, Jr. - Product Liability Litigation-Defendants Lawyer of the Year, Nashville •Christopher S. Dunn - Construction Law Lawyer of the Year, Nashville •J. Reginald Hill - Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year, Nashville •G. Michael Yopp - Litigation & Controversy-Tax Lawyer of the Year, Nashville
"To be named as the best in your field is a remarkable honor," said John Tishler, chairman of Waller. "We're proud of these five attorneys. They've made a tremendous mark on Waller and our clients. They each come from different practice groups -- healthcare, labor and employment, litigation, tax, construction -- which is reflective of the diversity of services our firm offers today."
James Bristol is a partner at Waller who advises clients on all types of compensation and benefits issues, including deferred compensation agreements, severance packages for departing executives, and stock and equity incentive programs. Best Lawyers has also recognized Bristol for his work in employment law, ERISA litigation and tax law.
James Doran is a partner at Waller with a practice focusing on the defense of pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturers and other companies facing product liability claims. Doran has been listed in The Best Lawyers of America since 2007. He's been honored in four categories of top practitioners: bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, mass tort litigation/class actions -- defendants, and product liability litigation.
Christopher Dunn is a partner at Waller serving the real estate, design and construction industries. His practice focuses on providing transactional and litigation services to owners and developers of sophisticated construction projects. Since 2007, Best Lawyers has recognized Dunn for his work in the construction law field.
Reginald Hill is a partner at Waller serving a variety of clients across the healthcare industry. His practice focuses on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities, venture capital financing, and healthcare compliance among others. Hill is the former co-chairman of Waller and head of the firm's business transactions practice and healthcare department. Hill has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 1999 for his work in corporate law, healthcare law and mergers and acquisitions.
Michael Yopp is a partner at Waller with a practice that focuses on the changing state and federal tax landscape. He works within the financial services, automotive and manufacturing industries, advising clients on both strategy and implementation regarding a broad range of tax issues. Yopp contributed to the creation of Tennessee's Limited Liability Company Act. Best Lawyers has recognized Yopp in the categories of litigation & controversy-tax and tax law since 1995.
Since 1983, The Best Lawyers in America list has become the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Inclusion is based upon an exhaustive peer review survey comprising more than 3 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys in the U.S.
Waller is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee with offices in Birmingham, Alabama and Austin, Texas. With approximately 200 attorneys, Waller helps clients navigate a diverse range of complex transactional, regulatory and litigation issues across myriad industries. Waller is Nashville's oldest and largest law firm. Founded in 1905, Waller has client relationships spanning decades because time and again, clients come for the lawyer and stay for the firm. For more information, please visit www.wallerlaw.com.
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