CHARLESTON -– The law firm Spilman Thomas & Battle recently announced that several of its attorneys were recognized by 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 reviews, the following Spilman attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list for their respective fields.

They are:

* John F. Allevato: Tax

* Paul M. Black: Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights

* M. Ann Bradley: Environmental

* Samuel M. Brock III: Employment & Labor

* Kevin L. Carr: Employment & Labor

* James S. Crockett Jr.: Business Litigation

* William M. Herlihy: Energy & Natural Resources

* Eric W. Iskra: Employment & Labor

* Bruce M. Jacobs: Business Litigation

* Eric E. Kinder: Employment & Labor

* Neva G. Lusk: Civil Litigation Defense

* Joyce F. Ofsa: Real Estate

* Don C.A. Parker: Insurance Coverage

* Niall A. Paul: Class Actions/Mass Torts

* King F. Tower: Employment & Labor

* James A. Walls: Business Litigation

* Charles L. Woody: Employment & Labor

Additionally, the following attorneys were named to the Rising Stars list in their respective fields:

* Angela L. Beblo: Consumer Law

* Kelly B. Griffith: General Litigation

* Brian C. Helmick: Government Relations

* Grant P.H. Shuman: General Litigation

* Ellen J. Vance: Employment and Labor

* Joanne M. Vella Kirby: General Litigation and Appellate Law

* Richard M. Wallace: Employment and Labor

Spilman Thomas & Battle is a full-service law firm with more than 135 attorneys. Founded in 1864, Spilman has offices in Charleston, Morgantown and Wheeling, W.Va.; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Roanoke, Va.

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