CINCINNATI – Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has received the highest ranking in the nation in Mining Law from Best Lawyers, a respected peer-review publication. Seven Dinsmore & Shohl attorneys received individual Best Lawyers' recognition in Mining Law - the most of any law firm in the United States.

"It is an honor to be recognized by our peers in Best Lawyers," said Chauncey S.R. Curtz, partner and chair of the firm's Natural Resources Practice Group. "As a group, our Natural Resources attorneys have literally hundreds of years of experience in every aspect of the mining industry - one of the most heavily regulated and scrutinized industries in our economy today. We are proud of our nationwide reputation in the area of mineral law."

Dinsmore & Shohl's Natural Resources Practice Group helps mining clients in every aspect of their business. They routinely negotiate, draft, and, when necessary - litigate, every type of contractual agreement common to the industry, from coal supply contracts, to financing arrangements, to the purchase and sale of mining operations and real property interests. They also provide unmatched experience in negotiating the maze of safety, permitting and environmental regulations faced by mining operations, as well as the unique labor and employment issues encountered by both union and non-union mines.

"We offer our clients an unparalleled scope of experience and services in dealing with the problems and issues faced by the coal mining and related industries. As a regional firm, we are able to provide the resources of a number of experienced lawyers in a wide range of practice areas to address any legal matter our mining clients might face . This makes Dinsmore & Shohl a truly full-service firm," Curtz added.

In the past 10 years, Dinsmore & Shohl has expanded its practice in the Natural Resources area, focusing on the coal industry. It was the first firm representing the industry with offices in the four principal Eastern coal-mining states - West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The individual Dinsmore & Shohl attorneys selected as Best Lawyers in Mining Law are Chauncey S.R. Curtz, Anna M. Dailey, W. Henry Jernigan Jr., Christopher B. Power, Thomas C. Reed, John R. Rhorer and Forrest H. Roles. In total, 75 individual Dinsmore & Shohl attorneys were selected as Best Lawyers for 2008.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. The publication's staff compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP provides legal counsel to businesses that include Fortune 100 and 500 companies, institutions and individuals in a wide range of industries and business sectors. The firm is comprised of more than 300 attorneys operating in four states and nine offices. Dinsmore & Shohl is one of the largest full-service firms in the Midwest and the country.

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