CHARLESTON -– The 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a peer-review publication in the legal profession ("Best Lawyers"), has named nine Jackson Kelly lawyers as Best Lawyers' 2011 Lawyers of the Year.

Notably, only a single lawyer in each area of practice in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."

The following is a comprehensive list of Jackson Kelly honorees:

* Marcia A. Broughton - Best Lawyers' 2011 Morgantown Area Tax Lawyer of the Year.

* Ellen S. Cappellanti - Best Lawyers' 2011 Charleston, W.Va. Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year.

* Stephen R. Crislip - Best Lawyers' 2011 Charleston, W.Va. Legal Malpractice Lawyer of the Year.

* William F. Dobbs Jr. - Best Lawyers' 2011 Charleston, W.Va. Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Lawyer of the Year.

* Alvin L. Emch - Best Lawyers' 2011 Charleston, W.Va. Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year.

* Michael D. Foster - Best Lawyers' 2011 Charleston, W.Va. Employee Benefits Lawyer of the Year.

* Timothy E. Huffman - Best Lawyers' 2011 Charleston, W.Va. Workers' Compensation Lawyer of the Year.

* Thomas J. Hurney Jr. - Best Lawyers' 2011 Charleston, W.Va. Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year.

* Robert G. McLusky - Best Lawyers' 2011 Charleston, W.Va. Environmental Lawyer of the Year.

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 16th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2011), is based on more than 2.8 million detailed evaluations.

The lawyers being honored as "Lawyers of the Year" have received particularly high ratings in surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

Jackson Kelly represents global corporations, national companies, entrepreneurs and individuals in areas of law such as environmental, business, labor and employment, federal and state workers' compensation, civil litigation and occupational safety and health. The firm has offices in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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