Kegler Brown Attorneys Remain Highly Recognized in Chambers USA 2016 Rankings

Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter continues to build on previous Chambers & Partners rankings and was once again honored by one of the world’s premier guides to legal resources.

This year, Don Gregory, a director and chair of the firm’s construction practice, and litigator Thomas W. Hill maintained their prestigious “Band 1” rankings.

Don remains one of only four lawyers in Ohio, while Tom is one of eight commercial litigators to receive the honors.

This year’s honor included several improved rankings for several of the firm’s listed attorneys.

  • Richard Brahm received Senior Statesmen for Real Estate. Richard is one of four Ohio attorneys to receive this recognition.
  • Ralph Breitfeller received his first Chambers honor. Ralph earned a “Band 2” ranking in Litigation.
  • Allen Handlan received two rankings. Allen earned a “Band 2” Ranking in Banking + Finance and a “Band 3” ranking in Real Estate.
  • Joining Brendan Feheley and Michael Madigan on the list of “Up + Coming” attorneys is Vinita Bahri-Mehra. This is Vinita’s first, and both Brendan’s and Michael’s second time receiving the honor.

Chambers & Partners is an independent company that awards rankings to practice areas and attorneys in Ohio, nationally and internationally. The objective process follows three steps: submissions put forward by legal practices, interviews during the course of research, and Chambers’ own database resources. Only select attorneys and practice areas are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best. Complete rankings for Kegler Brown are outlined below (quotations used when they "sum up the prevailing opinion in the market" as offered by Chambers).

The following attorney received a ranking of Senior Statesmen by Chambers USA 2016:

Richard Brahm (Real Estate)

The "well respected" Richard Brahm is admired by peers for his extensive knowledge and experience in land use and zoning issues, and is considerably well versed in acting for clients before zoning boards of appeal and planning commissions.

The following attorneys received a ranking of “Band 1” by Chambers USA 2016:

Don Gregory (Construction)

Practice chair Don Gregory is "extremely knowledgeable about construction law and always keeps the client’s needs in perspective," notes one source. He is well known in the industry and maintains a fine reputation for his work with construction trade associations. He is well versed in construction-related litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Thomas W. Hill (Litigation)

Thomas Hill is recognized for his continuing strength in high-stakes business litigation. Impressed clients refer to him as "the definition of thoroughness."

The following attorneys received a ranking of “Band 2” by Chambers USA 2016:

Chuck Kegler (Corporate/M+A)

Chuck Kegler's impressive business law acumen covers areas such as M&A, tax and partnership law. Kegler chairs the firm's corporate law group.

Todd Kegler (Corporate/M+A)

Todd Kegler chairs the firm's M&A group. He is primarily active on transactional matters such as M&A, joint ventures and dispositions.

Lawrence Feheley (Labor + Employment)

Lawrence Feheley is recommended for his work on behalf of clients in a wide range of industries and sectors, including education and food services. He has a wealth of experience in labor and employment disputes and compliance matters, and is also highly regarded for his work as a mediator.

Ralph Breitfeller (Litigation)

Ralph Breitfeller focuses a large part of his practice on antitrust litigation, handling disputes stemming from distribution arrangements and pricing, among other matters.

Scott Doran (Environmental)

Scott Doran "is very familiar with the regulatory process and the regulatory agencies we need to work with," an appreciative client says. He has strong capabilities in natural resource utilization issues, facility siting and cost recovery actions.

Allen Handlan (Banking + Finance)

Interviewees describe Allen Handlan as "an elite-level strategic thinker" in the banking and finance space. Handlan handles a broad range of commercial finance matters, including mezzanine finance and bond finance.

The following attorneys received a ranking of “Band 3” by Chambers USA 2016:

Roger Sugarman (Litigation)

Roger Sugarman represents clients in federal and state courts in securities litigation and other commercial disputes. He has notable expertise representing corporate directors and officers in investigations, enforcement actions and insider trading cases, among other matters.

Stephen Barsotti (Intellectual Property)

Stephen Barsotti is "incredibly smart, responsive, professional and a skilled negotiator," reveals one impressed commentator. He handles a range of IP matters on behalf of emerging companies in the technology sector, in addition to advising on a broader set of business-focused matters.

Martijn Steger (Corporate M+A)

Martijn Steger represents clients across the spectrum on corporate projects, notably excelling in international business law matters such as cross-border M&A and strategic alliances. Sources describe Steger as "incredibly knowledgeable" and "extremely well connected."

Larry McClatchey (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)

Larry McClatchey heads the firm's creditors' rights and bankruptcy practice group and is recognized for his work on Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies.

Allen Handlan (Real Estate)

Allen Handlan is respected for his "ability to work easily with clients and to get deals done." He has experience working with financial institutions across Ohio in complex real estate financing deals.

The following attorney received a ranking of “Band 4” by Chambers USA 2016:

Loriann Fuhrer (Litigation)

Loriann Fuhrer offers impressive trial experience in connection with matters such as breach of contract cases, torts and securities disputes. One client reports: "She understands my business and comes up with creative solutions."

Vinita Bahri-Mehra (Corporate M+A)

Interviewees attest that Vinita Bahri-Mehra is “very good strategically” and has “a great tendency to view things from a business perspective.” She is noted for her experience in domestic and international corporate transactions.

Michael Madigan (Construction)

The "very knowledgeable" Michael Madigan is a rising star in the market and is noted for his strong engineering background. He assists clients with lien matters, warranty issues and initial contract reviews, and is also adept in construction-related disputes.

Brendan Feheley (Labor + Employment)

Brendan Feheley is an up-and-coming figure in the market and is developing a fine reputation for his expertise in FMLA, FLSA and discrimination litigation. He is also recognized for his work advising foreign entities on establishing their operations in the USA. "He is a great attorney - knowledgeable, easy to talk to and very conscientious, and comes at things from a business point of view," states one impressed peer.

Associates to Watch

Erin Cleary Herbst (Intellectual Property)

Erin Cleary Herbst is a highly rated associate who handles IP matters as part of a broader transactional corporate practice.

Christy Prince (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)

Christy Prince is a highly rated associate who is developing a strong insolvency litigation practice. Clients say she is "approachable" and "thorough" and will "help us choose the best solution."

The following received rankings from Chambers USA 2016:

Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Noted for its representation of creditors and commercial and residential lenders in bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Has additional experience representing fiduciaries and receivers in bankruptcy litigation.

Construction

Possesses particular experience working with national trade associations across a variety of construction-related areas. Comes recommended for its work on large Ohio infrastructure and development projects and is also recognized for its strengths in construction litigation.

Corporate/M+A

A solid offering in the corporate law space, with notable areas of strength including middle-market M&A, private placements and corporate governance. Particular strength in matters pertaining to the education sector.

SOURCES SAY: "The team is responsive, efficient and takes care to make sure we are getting good value for our money."

Intellectual Property

Respected handling of portfolio management, most notably with respect to the patent and trademark portfolios of clients in the transportation and manufacturing sectors. Also noted for its knowledge of patents pertaining to the financial services sector, including software and process patents.

SOURCES SAY: "I have always found them easy to work with and very responsive."

"I moved everything to them because I was comfortable that if they took it over then it would be done correctly."

Labor + Employment

Continues to be a go-to practice for labor and employment matters concerning assisted care facilities and also recognized for its work in the food services and education arenas. Frequently engaged to provide counsel in discrimination and retaliation cases and highlighted for its strengths in class actions as well as arbitrations.

Litigation: General Commercial

Noted for its handling of a broad range of commercial disputes, including healthcare litigation and antitrust disputes. Also recognized for its handling of professional liability matters.

SOURCES SAY: "They were excellent. I felt very comfortable having them handle an important and sensitive litigation matter."

Real Estate

Focuses on representing developers in large-scale projects as well as providing them with expert general counsel. Also represents financial institutions in real estate financing work. Particularly noted for its expertise in the retail and construction sector. Also sought after for its land use and zoning strengths.

SOURCES SAY: "The entire team works well together to effectively represent the client. I always feel they have my best interests at heart."