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Perkins Coie’s National Environment Practice Receives Top Rankings in Chambers USA

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(June 10, 2011) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that the firm’s Environment, Energy & Resources practice was recognized in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Chambers ranked Perkins Coie’s Environment practice as a leader nationally, which is a designation earned by only 20 law firms in the United States. In addition, eleven Perkins Coie attorneys throughout the country were recognized as top environmental lawyers. Regionally, the practice received Band 1 placement in four key markets including Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Nationwide, the annual directory once again ranked Perkins Coie as a top law firm in the United States with 100 attorneys ranked as leaders in their field and the firm recognized in 34 practice areas. The rankings are the result of extensive surveys of in-house counsel and leading law firm partners.

“We are proud that Chambers has ranked our Environment practice as a leader nationally," said Tom Lindley, Environment, Energy & Resources Chair.  "As we continue to expand our national energy, environment and resources capabilities throughout the country, we look forward to continuing to strengthen the depth of services provided to our clients."

This recognition follows on the heels of 13 strategic additions to Perkins Coie’s Environment, Energy & Resources practice since late 2010. In December, former Associate Solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior Paul B. Smyth joined the Washington, DC office and in February, former EPA Region 10 Administrator John Iani joined the firm’s Seattle office. In March, the San Francisco office gained five land use attorneys with the addition of partners Cecily Barclay, Matthew Gray, Geoffrey Robinson and Barbara Schussman, along with Of Counsel Stephen Kostka. In the following months, Perkins Coie added three new environmental attorneys in San Francisco with the addition of partner Julie Jones, Of Counsel Marie Cooper and associate Alan Murphy, as well as Robert Thibault as a partner in the Denver office and LeAnn Johnson Koch as a partner and Alexandra Magill Bromer as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office.

The Perkins Coie attorneys that were recognized by Chambers as leaders in their field are:

  • Eric Fjelstad and Brad Keithley in Perkins Coie’s Anchorage office
  • Charles Blumenfeld, John Iani, Mark Schneider and Karen McGaffey in the Seattle office 
  • Bob Maynard and Erika Malmen in the firm’s Boise office
  • Tom Lindley, Christopher Rich and David Bledsoe in the Portland office
The firm was also recognized with top practice area rankings in ten key markets across the country, including:  Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.  In addition Environment, Perkins Coie ranked nationally for its Political Law, Retail, Transportation: Aviation Litigation, Investment Funds: Venture Capital, Leisure & Hospitality, Privacy & Data Security and Products Liability & Mass Torts practices.

Chambers & Partners, based in London, publishes directories that assess and rank the world’s leading lawyers.  Chambers USA was first introduced in 2003.

Information on Perkins Coie’s Environment, Energy & Resources practice is available at

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 950 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. We provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent start-ups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.