CHARLESTON -– Richard L. Gottlieb, a member of the law firm Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins, has been named "Lawyer of the Year" for his oil and natural gas legal practice.

Gottlieb was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 19th edition of Best Lawyers in United States in the practice areas of Energy Law and Oil & Gas Law. Additionally, he was named the Best Lawyers' 2013 Charleston Oil & Gas Law "Lawyer of the Year". Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is being honored as the "Lawyer of the Year" in 2013. Best Lawyers in America is one of the most visible and targeted peer review publications in the legal profession.

For three decades, Best Lawyers has been regarded by both the profession and the public as the most credible and definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Selection for Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprised of more than 4 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. The annual Best Lawyers publication has been described by The American Lawyer as "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice." Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Gottlieb is a veteran oil and natural gas attorney in the Appalachian Basin, and he represents oil and natural gas producers and other energy businesses in regulatory, litigation and commercial matters. He a former counsel in the Office of Enforcement in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and was a senior attorney with Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation. Gottlieb is a member of the board of trustees and former officer of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and a member of the Legal Committee for the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association.

"We congratulate Richard on his Lawyer of the Year recognition, which is a testament to the extensive experience and superior quality of legal service he provides his natural gas and energy clients," said Nick Casey, LGCR's Managing Member. "This recognition by Richard's peers is well deserved."

Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins has been representing clients for more than 40 years in the areas of Energy (natural gas, coal), Business transactions, Real property, Commercial and business litigation, Health care, Corporate bankruptcy and Alternative dispute resolution.

The law firm has offices in Charleston and Morgantown, and it also maintains an active government relations practice, representing clients before the West Virginia Legislature and in Washington D.C. The government relations practice is LGCR Government Solutions.

Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins is a Preeminent Law Firm by Martindale-Hubbell, one of the few West Virginia firms to achieve this status. Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins has also received Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating, AV.

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