PERSONNEL FILE: Nearly 70% of Huddleston Bolen partners in 'Best Lawyers in America'

By The West Virginia Record | Aug 10, 2010

HUNTINGTON - Nearly 70% of the partners in Huddleston Bolen LLP were honored in the publication, The Best Lawyers in America 2011. All of the firm's offices in Huntington and Charleston, West Virginia and Ashland and Louisville, Kentucky were recognized in the publication.

Moreover, the firm was top ranked in Railroad Law in West Virginia and Kentucky. The firm was also named Number 1 in West Virginia in Securities Law, Mass Tort Litigation, and Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law. In total, the firm was top ranked in 32 individual categories.

Tom Gilpin, chair of the firm's Management Committee said, "We always are honored to be recognized by a publication as well-respected as Best Lawyers. The litany of individual and firm-wide recognitions this year is evidence that everyone in our firm is deeply committed to providing outstanding service and results for our clients. I believe that our lawyers really are some of the best in America and we are proud to be acknowledged for our accomplishments."

Attorneys who were individually recognized by Best Lawyers are:
Rodney Baker was recognized for his work in Mass Tort Litigation. This is the first time Mr. Baker has been named to Best Lawyers. He routinely defends global corporations and national companies in mass tort and products liability matters.

Dick Bolen, a partner in the firm's Huntington, West Virginia office, was named in two practice areas: Natural Resources and Oil and Gas law.

Jim Cleveland, a partner in the firm's Ashland, Kentucky office, was selected for his work in Railroad Law.

Dan Earl, a partner in the firm's Huntington, West Virginia office, was honored in two categories: Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions law.

Tom Gilpin, chair of the firm's Management Committee, was recognized for his work in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law.

Jan Holbrook was also listed in the area Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law. Ms. Holbrook maintains offices in both Huntington, West Virginia and Ashland, Kentucky.

Angela Konrad, based in the firm's Huntington office, was named in the area of Railroad Law.

Huntington partner Luke Laffere was recognized for his efforts in Mass Tort Litigation and Railroad Law.

J. H. Mahaney, of the firm's Huntington office, was recognized in four areas: Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, and Railroad Law.

Tom Murray is among an elite list of lawyers who have been recognized in Best Lawyers for 15 consecutive years. In the 2010 list, Mr. Murray was listed in three practice areas: Banking Law, Corporate Law and Securities Law.

Kevin Nelson, managing partner of the firm's Charleston, West Virginia office, was listed in the area of Labor and Employment Law.
K.J. Oehler, based in the firm's Louisville, Kentucky office, was recognized for her work in Railroad Law.

Chris Plybon, a partner in the firm's Huntington, West Virginia office, was named to Best Lawyers for his work in Real Estate Law.
Mary Sanders, based in Charleston, West Virginia, was selected in three categories: Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation, and Products Liability Litigation.

Scott Sheets, who head's the firm's Huntington-based Labor and Employment Practice, was named for his work in Labor and Employment Law.

Bruce Stout was recognized by Best Lawyers for the 11th consecutive year for his work in Trusts and Estates Law.

Andrew Zettle was named to Best Lawyers for his work in three areas: Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Energy Law, and Environmental Law.

Published by Woodward and White since 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey. For the new U.S. edition, more than 24,126 leading attorneys cast more than 2.8 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in the same and related specialties. Because of the rigorous and transparent methodology used by Best Lawyers, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

Huddleston Bolen LLP is a full service law firm representing global corporations, national companies, regional businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals. Founded in 1871, Huddleston Bolen represents clients in many areas, including banking and finance, health care, insurance, litigation, labor and employment, natural resources, real estate, transportation, and trusts and estates. For more information on Huddleston Bolen, visit the firm's website at

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