HurneyCHARLESTON -- Jackson Kelly has been designated a "highly recommended" firm by Benchmark Litigation, a guide that highlights America's leading business litigation firms and attorneys. In addition, three Jackson Kelly attorneys: Michael T. Cimino, Al L. Emch and Thomas J. Hurney Jr. were named local litigation stars for being preeminent litigation practitioners in the country according to Benchmark. Cimino's practice focuses on the representation of companies challenging enforcement by the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He also represents defendants in litigation, with emphases on deliberate intent, premises liability and toxic tort. Emch's practice at the firm focuses on the representation of defendants in trial and appellate litigation in both state and federal courts, with emphases on personal injury (deliberate intent cases and industrial accidents), products liability, toxic torts, class actions, mass torts and other complex litigation. Hurney's practice focuses on jury trials involving personal injury, wrongful death and product liability to insurance bad faith, contract and property law issues. He also defends companies in negligence and "deliberate intention" actions. Benchmark Litigation focuses exclusively on the U.S. litigation market, with a research team based in the U.S. conducting extensive face-to-face interviews around the country over a year-long period. It pinpoints the best all-around trial attorneys at both the local and national levels. Law firms receiving the "highly recommended" designation, such as Jackson Kelly, received the most mentions overall and were held as dominant in their particular jurisdiction. Jackson Kelly is a national law firm representing 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, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.