Chambers USA 2017 Rankings Continue to Recognize Kegler Brown Attorneys

The annual release of new rankings by Chambers& Partners saw one of the world’s premier guides to legal resources once again honoring many Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter attorneys.

Both 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 construction lawyers in Ohio with this rank, while Tom is one of eight commercial litigators to receive the honor.

  • Richard Brahm was again named Senior Statesmen for Real Estate, one of three Ohio attorneys to receive this recognition.
  • Ralph Breitfeller received a “Band 2” ranking in Litigation and was also named a “Recognised Practitioner” in Healthcare.
  • Allen Handlan also received two rankings, earning a “Band 3” Ranking in both Banking + Finance and Real Estate.
  • Brendan Feheley, Mike Madigan and Vinita Mehra were listed as “Up + Coming” attorneys. All of them have been recognized previously.
  • Overall, 19 Kegler Brown attorneys were recognized with 21 rankings, along with eight practice areas.

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 2017:

Richard Brahm (Real Estate)

Richard Brahm is a well-established figure in the market, noted for his representation of clients before planning commissions and zoning boards of appeal.

The following attorneys received a ranking of “Band 1” by Chambers USA 2017:

Donald Gregory (Construction)

Donald Gregory is a "well known, respected and experienced" lawyer, praised for his "very thorough" approach to construction disputes and noted for his expertise in trial.

Thomas Hill (Litigation)

Thomas Hill is "a very good, polished lawyer." He has an excellent reputation in the state, and is regularly involved in significant business litigation.

The following attorneys received a ranking of “Band 2” by Chambers USA 2017:

Ralph Breitfeller (Litigation)

Ralph Breitfeller maintains an active antitrust litigation practice, regularly advising clients on a full range of related disputes, with particular expertise in the healthcare industry. He also received a ranking of Recognised Practitioner (Healthcare).

Catherine Cunningham (Real Estate)

The "excellent" Catherine Cunningham is held in high regard by the market, and concentrates on land use and zoning matters.

Scott Doran (Natural Resources + Environment)

The "very responsive and extremely knowledgeable" Scott Doran of Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter is highly regarded for his counsel on cost recovery matters and enforcement actions. He is also routinely sought out for his expert advice on permitting issues concerning industrial and commercial site development.

Larry Feheley (Labor + Employment)

Larry Feheley is known by one client to be "incredibly savvy, responsive and proactive in sharing changes in the employment and labor landscape."

Chuck Kegler (Corporate/M+A)

Chuck Kegler is "always responsive and precise with his answers," confirms one interviewee. His strong practice includes joint venture formations, M&A and recapitalizations.

Todd Kegler (Corporate/M+A)

M+A group chair Todd Kegler regularly advises on high-value transactions such as reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures. He is also noted for his tax planning experience.

The following attorneys received a ranking of “Band 3” by Chambers USA 2017:

Steve Barsotti (Intellectual Property)

Steve Barsotti is known for his IP work with newly formed businesses, particularly in the technology field, as well as in matters containing financing elements.

Allen Handlan (Banking + Finance and Real Estate)

Allen Handlan heads both the firm's banking and commercial lending team and real estate and financing practice group. He maintains a solid market profile for his work with financial entities on real estate financing matters.

Larry McClatchey (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)

Peers describe Larry McClatchey as a "very good lawyer" and highlight the multifaceted nature of his practice. He chairs the firm's creditors' rights and bankruptcy team, and his specific focuses include handling Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings and bankruptcy court litigation.

Martijn Steger (Corporate/M+A)

Martijn Steger chairs the firm's global business practice. He maintains a broad practice with notable strength in M&A and strategic alliances.

Roger Sugarman (Litigation)

Roger Sugarman is highlighted by one source as having a strong "understanding of law, practical judgment and stand-up skill before the court." His practice is focused on securities litigation and white-collar crime matters.

The following attorneys received a ranking of “Band 4” by Chambers USA 2017:

Lori Fuhrer (Litigation)

The "professional and knowledgeable" Lori Fuhrer is highly thought of for her work in banking and employment litigation. One client reports that she is able to "engender confidence and trust" and exhibits an "obvious awareness of not only legal issues but business consideration and risk assessment."

The following attorneys were recognized as “Up and Coming” by Chambers USA 2017:

Vinita Mehra (Corporate/M+A)

Vinita Mehra is highlighted for her broad cross-border practice, which includes advising on inbound and outbound transactions such as joint ventures and acquisitions.

Brendan Feheley (Labor + Employment)

Rising star Brendan Feheley is developing a strong reputation for his capabilities in handling a broad range of labor and employment matters, including FMLA and FLSA compliance, discrimination litigation and an array of union-related issues.

Mike Madigan (Construction)

Mike Madigan is regarded as a "rising star" in the market and is frequently engaged to provide counsel on construction claims. He has significant experience at both trial and appellate level and draws praise from sources for his "good industry knowledge."

The following attorney was recognized as an “Associate to Watch” by Chambers USA 2017:

Christy Prince (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)

Associate Christy Prince is well regarded in the market for her bankruptcy litigation practice, where she focuses on creditors' rights and insolvency issues. Clients describe her as "knowledgeable in her field" and a "deal-maker."

The following practice areas received rankings from Chambers USA 2017:


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, particularly in the construction and oil and gas sectors.


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, including hospital, school and highway projects. Also recognized for its strengths in construction litigation.


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

Intellectual Property

Respected group known for its patent and trademark portfolio management counsel. Also highlighted for work on behalf of emerging businesses, incorporating capitalization and commercialization support.

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 and services and education arenas. Frequently engaged to provide counsel in discrimination and retaliation cases and highlighted for its strength in class actions as well as arbitrations. Maintains a broad client base, regularly representing those in the education, food and restaurant industries.

Litigation: General Commercial

Noted for its handling of a broad range of commercial disputes, including healthcare and antitrust litigation. Also recognized for professional liability matters, as well as white-collar, antitrust and securities disputes.

Real Estate

Sought-after department particularly active in the Columbus market, with a focus on providing counsel to heavyweight developers in Ohio's central region. Also offers expert advice to public and private financial entities in leasing and financing work. Noted for its expertise in the retail and construction sector. Also sought after for its land use and zoning strengths.

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use was also ranked as a Recognised Practitioner