CHARLESTON -- Four lawyers from Guthrie & Thomas recently were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012.

Guthrie & Thomas is a mid-sized Charleston law firm with a diverse practice whose attorneys are recognized for their excellence by their peers and clients.

David Thomas was selected in three categories – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Environmental Litigation. Thomas is the Managing Member of the firm. His practice is centered on corporate defense in complex litigation matters.

George Guthrie was honored in Antitrust Law. In addition to his activities in that area, he also represents medical professionals in disciplinary and licensing issues and he advises corporations and medical professionals in various business matters.

Rebecca Betts was named in Commercial Litigation. A former United States Attorney, Betts represents major corporate defendants in mass tort and class action litigation involving personal injury, antitrust, securities, and other claims. She frequently represents corporate defendants in regulatory investigations and claims brought by the West Virginia Attorney General and West Virginia Securities Commissioner.

David Hardy was recognized for his work in Energy Law. Hardy is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and is a CPA and a Kanawha County Commissioner. He is a frequent presenter at West Virginia Coal Association Meetings and conducts training on mine health and safety issues for clients across the country. Hardy leads Guthrie & Thomas' MSHA/OSHA practice.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 41,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.9 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, 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."

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