CHARLESTON - Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, one of the largest law firms in the region, recently announced attorney rankings in 2011 Super Lawyers.

The objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas that can be used as a resource to assist attorneys and consumers in the search for legal counsel. Polling, research and selection are performed by Law & Politics, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc. The methodology includes a statewide nomination process, peer review by practice area and independent research.

After receiving excellent rankings from the interviewees, the following Spilman attorneys were named Super Lawyers in their respective fields. They are:

- John F. Allevato: Taxation, Estate Planning & Probate, and Business/Corporate

- Michael J. Basile: Business/Corporate and Government/Cities/Municipalities

- M. Ann Bradley: Environmental

- Kevin L. Carr: Employment & Labor

- T. Randolph Cox: Government Relations, Environmental and Insurance Coverage

- James S. Crockett, Jr.: Business Litigation and Environmental Litigation

- William M. Herlihy: Energy & Natural Resources and Business/Corporate

- Eric W. Iskra, Employment & Labor

- Bruce M. Jacobs, Business Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, and Banking

- Neva G. Lusk, Civil Litigation Defense, White Collar Criminal Defense and Health Care

- Joyce F. Ofsa, Real Estate, Land Use/Zoning and Eminent Domain

- Don C. A. Parker, Insurance Coverage and Civil Litigation Defense

- Niall A. Paul, Civil Litigation Defense, Class Actions/Mass Torts and Employment Litigation Defense

- Arch W. Riley, Jr., Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights

- James A. Walls, Business Litigation

- Charles L. Woody, Employment & Labor, Business Litigation and Appellate

- Paul M. Black: Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights and Business Litigation

The following attorneys were named Rising Stars in their respective fields:

- Molly Brock White: Real Estate

- David R. Croft: Estate Planning & Probate, Business/Corporate and Tax

- Brian C. Helmick: Government Relations

- Andrew B. McCallister: Environmental and Environmental Litigation

- Ellen J. Vance: Employment and Labor

- Richard M. Wallace: Employment and Labor

- Timothy D. Houston, Civil Litigation Defense

- Grant P.H. Shuman, General Litigation, Employee Benefits/ERISA and Utilities

- Angela L. Beblo, Consumer Law

- Kelly B. Griffith, General Litigation

- Joanne M. Vella Kirby, General Litigation and Appellate Law

- James H. Joseph, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Business/Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions

Spilman Thomas & Battle is a full-service law firm with more than 125 attorneys. Founded in 1864, Spilman has offices in Charleston, Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia; Mechanicsburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Roanoke, Virginia.

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