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SEATTLE – August 31, 2011 – Perkins Coie is proud to announce that 163 of its attorneys throughout the country were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

In Washington state, where the firm is headquartered, 83 Perkins Coie attorneys were honored by Best Lawyers. The firm was also Top-Listed in Washington in the areas of Antitrust Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Copyright Law, Corporate Law, Employee Benefits Law, Energy Law, Equipment Finance Law, First Amendment Litigation, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Litigation, International Trade and Finance Law, Labor & Employment Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Natural Resources, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Patent Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, Regulatory Enforcement Litigation, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Tax Law, Technology Law, Trusts and Estates Law and Venture Capital Law.

"We have had remarkable growth throughout the firm this year and seeing a big jump in attorneys on the Best Lawyers list is very rewarding," said firm Managing Partner Robert E. Giles. "Thank you Best Lawyers for acknowledging our attorneys – we had 15 attorneys on the list for the first time this year, and we must thank our clients and colleagues for this as they continually give us challenging and meaningful work that helps us grow and succeed."

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 41,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.9 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Perkins Coie attorneys named as 2012 Best Lawyers include:


Thomas M. Daniel  (1995) - Labor and Employment Law
Eric B. Fjelstad  (2007) - Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation
Michael E. Kreger (2011) - Construction Law
James N. Leik  (2007) - Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation


Bruce E. Dick (2010) - Corporate Law; Technology Law

Charles N. Eberhardt (2009) - Education Law; Labor and Employment Law; Labor and Employment Litigation
Craig S. Gilbert (2009) - Real Estate Law
Thomas C. Gores (1987) - Trusts and Estates

Lawrence B. Hannah (2003) - Labor and Employment Law; Labor and Employment Litigation

Donald G. Kari (1993) - Energy Law
Markham A. Quehrn (2003) - Energy Law; Natural Resources Law
Craig H. Shrontz (2003) - Real Estate Law


Richard C. Boardman (2007) - Commercial Litigation; Construction Law
Robert A. Maynard (2007) - Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation; Natural Resources Law; Timber Law


Craig T. Boggs * - Employment Law

William Cahill (2008) - Commercial Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation

Demetrius E. Carney (2007) - Government Relations Law

Alexandra R. Cole (2006) - Construction Law; Real Estate Law

Patrick M. Collins (2010) - Commercial Litigation

William E. Corbin (2007) - Public Finance Law

Kenneth M. Crane (2007) - Venture Capital Law

James R. Cruger (2008) - Corporate Law; Venture Capital Law

Susan J. Daley (1995) - Employee Benefits Law

Judith A. Gold * - Government Relations Practice

Norman M. Gold (1987) - Corporate Law

Phillip Gordon (2007) - Corporate Law

Michael O. Warnecke (2006) - Intellectual Property Litigation; Patent Law; Patent Litigation; Trademark Law
Edward E. Wicks (2009) - Real Estate Law
Daniel A. Zazove (2007) - Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law; Bankruptcy Litigation


Peter J. Kinsella (2007) - Information Technology Law; Technology Law

Leonard H. MacPhee (2010) - Franchise Law
Robert N. Miller (2008) - Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Securities Litigation

Los Angeles

David T. Biderman * - Product Liability Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation

Mark Birnbaum (2008) - Structured Finance Law
William H. Emer (2011) - Employment Law 
Ken H. Ohriner * - Patent Litigation


Timothy W. Burns (2007) - Insurance Law
John S. Skilton (1987) - Appellate Law; Commercial Litigation; Copyright Law; Intellectual Property Litigation; Patent Law; Patent Litigation

Palo Alto

Edward J. Wes, Jr.  (2007) - Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law


Daniel C. Barr (2007) - Labor and Employment Law

Howard Ross Cabot (2006) - Antitrust Litigation; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Securities Litigation

Chad S. Campbell (2007) - Patent Litigation

H. Michael Clyde (2007) - Antitrust Litigation; Securities Litigation

Paul F. Eckstein (1983) - Arbitration; Antitrust Litigation; Appellate Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; First Amendment Litigation; Gaming Law; Intellectual Property Litigation; Media Law; Mediation; Native American Law

Jordan L. Green (1983) - Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Kyle B. Hettinger (2008) - Real Estate Law

Jonathan M. James (2008) - Copyright Law; Intellectual Property Litigation; Patent Law; Patent Litigation

Richard M. Lorenzen (2009) - Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law; Bankruptcy Litigation

Ronald E. Lowe (1995) - Real Estate Law

Joseph E. Mais (2001) - Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation

Joel W. Nomkin (2007) - Appellate Law; Commercial Litigation

Lee Stein (2005) - Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Government Relations Law
Shane R. Swindle (2003) - Commercial Litigation; Environmental Law


Roger A. Alfred (2010) - Land Use & Zoning Law; Land Use & Zoning Litigation

David A. Bledsoe (2007) - Commercial Litigation; Construction Litigation; Environmental Litigation
Brentley M. Bullock * - Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Richard A. Cantlin (1989) - Real Estate Law

Sarah Crooks (2011) - Commercial Litigation
Stephen F. English (2006) - Banking & Finance Litigation; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation; Product Liability Litigation; Securities Litigation
Paul T. Fortino (1995) - Commercial Litigation

James H. Gidley (2003) - Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation

Ivan Gold (2011) - Energy Law

Steve Hedberg (2009) - Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law; Bankruptcy Litigation

Thomas R. Johnson * - Commercial Litigation

Calvin L. Keith (2006) - Labor and Employment Law; Labor and Employment Litigation

Tom E. Lindley (1995) - Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation
David Matheson * - Securities/Capital Markets Law
Christopher T. Matthews (2011) - Real Estate Law

Neil M. Nathanson (2007) - Corporate Law; Venture Capital Law
Steven L. Pfeiffer (2003) - Land Use & Zoning Law

Christopher W. Rich (2010) - Environmental Law

Michael C. Robinson (2006) - Land Use & Zoning Law; Land Use & Zoning Litigation

Patrick J. Simpson (2007) - Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation

John R. Thomas (2007) - Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation

Roy W. Tucker (2006) - Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation; Venture Capital Law
Mark D. Whitlow (2009) - Land Use & Zoning Law; Land Use & Zoning Litigation

San Francisco

Cecily Talbert Barclay (2007) - Land Use & Zoning Law
Stephen L. Kostka (2007) - Appellate Law; Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation; Land Use & Zoning Law; Land Use & Zoning Litigation
Geoffrey L. Robinson (2007) - Land Use & Zoning Law; Land Use & Zoning Litigation
Barbara Schussman (2010) - Land Use & Zoning Litigation


Ramsey M. Al-Salam (1995) - Intellectual Property Litigation; Patent Litigation

John F. Aslin (1983) - Labor and Employment Law

Michael A. Barrett (2001) - Real Estate Law
Gregg D. Barton (2007) - Tax Law; Tax Litigation & Controversy

George M. Beal II (2010) - Corporate Law
Thomas C. Bell (2001) - Information Technology Law

Ronald L. Berenstain (2003) - Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Employee Benefits Litigation; Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation; Regulatory Enforcement Litigation; Securities Litigation

Colonel F. Betz (2009) - Trusts and Estates

Thomas L. Boeder (2003) - Antitrust Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation

Andrew Bor (2003) - Corporate Law
Scott J. Borth (2010) - Banking Law

Dori E. Brewe  (2001) - Corporate Law

Barry J. Briggs (2007) - Banking Law

David J. Burman (1993) - Antitrust Litigation; Appellate Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; First Amendment Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation; Patent Litigation; Technology Law

David C. Clarke (2007) - Corporate Law - Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law

J. Thomas Cristy (2005) - Employee Benefits Law

Bruce Michael Cross (1983) - Labor and Employment Law; Labor and Employment Litigation

Carl T. Crow (2007) - Tax Law

Janis A. Cunningham (1989) - Trusts and Estates

Christopher J. Daley-Watson (2010) - Patent Law

Eric A. Dejong (2009) - Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Ellen Conedera Dial (2005) - Real Estate Law

Lorri A. Dunsmore (2007) - Non-Profit/Charities Law; Tax Law
Susan D. Fahringer (2010) - Commercial Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation

Bruce P. Flynn (1987) - Trusts and Estates
Susan E. Foster * - Antitrust Litigation

Robert Edward Giles (1989) - Corporate Law

James D. Gradel (2008) - Banking Law
Lynne E. Graybeal * - Trademark Law

William L. Green (2001) - Real Estate Law

Kevin J. Hamilton (2007) - Commercial Litigation; Employment Law; First Amendment Litigation; Labor and Employment Litigation

Jeffrey A. Hollingsworth (2007) - Employment Law; Labor and Employment Litigation

Valerie L. Hughes (2007) - Labor and Employment Law; Labor and Employment Litigation
L. John Iani (2009) - Energy Law; Environmental Law

John S. Kaplan (2011) - Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law; Bankruptcy Litigation

Reginald S. Koehler III (1987) - Trusts and Estates

Steve Y. Koh (2009) - Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions

Stewart M. Landefeld (1993) - Corporate Law

Kurt E. Linsenmayer (2006) - Employee Benefits Law

James R. Lisbakken (2007) - Biotechnology Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Technology Law

Douglas S. MacBain (2006) - Corporate Law; Equipment Finance Law

Alexander Mackie (2003) - Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation

Robert L. Mahon * - Tax Law

Gregory K. McCall (2011) - Immigration Law

Richard E. McCann (1989) - Real Estate Law

Karen McGaffey (2010) - Energy Law; Environmental Law

David F. McShea (2007) - Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law 
J. Sue Morgan (2010) - Employee Benefits Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law
Andrew B. Moore * - Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Robert S. Mucklestone (1983) - Trusts and Estates

J. Shan Mullin (1993) - Corporate Law; International Trade and Finance Law
Chun M. Ng (2010) - Patent Law; Patent Litigation

Kathleen M. O'Sullivan (2009) - Commercial Litigation

Paul T. Parker (2009) - Copyright Law; Intellectual Property Litigation; Patent Law; Patent Litigation

Maurice J. Pirio (2005) - Patent Law; Patent Litigation

Thomas E. Platt (2003) - Labor and Employment Law; Labor and Employment Litigation

Richard O. Prentke (2003) - Construction Law; Construction Litigation

John R. Price (1983) - Trusts and Estates

Michael T. Reynvaan (2003) - Labor and Employment Law

Jerry A. Riedinger (2007) - Copyright Law; Intellectual Property Litigation; Patent Law; Patent Litigation

Richard R. Rohde (1993) - Information Technology Law; Technology Law

Heidi L. Sachs (2003) - Copyright Law; Trademark Law

Harry H. Schneider, Jr.  (2001) - Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation

Mark W. Schneider (2003) - Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation; Natural Resources Law
Evelyn Cruz Sroufe (2005) - Corporate Law; Securities Law

Michael E. Stansbury (1989) - Corporate Law
David F. Taylor (2010) - Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Linda Walton * - Employment Law
John M. Wechkin * - Patent Law 
James F. Williams (2010) - Commercial Litigation

Nancy Williams (1995) - Employment Law; Labor & Employment Litigation

V. L. Woolston (2007) - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions; Product Liability Litigation

Georges H. G. Yates (2011) - International Trade and Finance Law
D. Michael Young (2003) - Tax Law; Tax Litigation & Controversy

Washington, D.C.

Donald C. Baur (2008) - Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation; Natural Resources Law

Marc Erik Elias (2008) - Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Government Relations Law
Michael P. House * - International Trade and Finance Law 
Martin E. Lybecker (2005) - Financial Services Regulation Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law

Guy R. Martin (2007) - Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law

William F. Pedersen (1989) - Environmental Litigation
Colin G. Sandercock (2007) - Biotechnology Law; Patent Law; Patent Litigation
Benjamin S. Sharp (2009) - Antitrust Law; Environmental Litigation

(Year) First year the lawyer was listed.
(*) Lawyers who are listed for the first time in Best Lawyers.

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