Kegler Brown Attorneys Honored in Chambers USA 2018 Rankings

The annual release of new rankings by Chambers USA saw one of the premier guides to legal resources once again honoring many Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter attorneys.

Litigator Thomas W. Hill and Don Gregory, chair of the firm’s Construction practice, both maintained their prestigious “Band 1” rankings.

Tom is one of only seven commercial litigators in Ohio with this rank, while Don remains one of only four construction lawyers to receive the honor.

Allen Handlan received two rankings, earning a “Band 3” Ranking in Banking + Finance and “Band 4” in Real Estate.

Michael Madigan has been listed in previous years as “Up and Coming,” but this year raised his ranking to a “Band 4” in Construction.

Brendan Feheley and Vinita Mehra were all listed as “Up + Coming” attorneys.

Overall, seventeen Kegler Brown attorneys were recognized with eighteen rankings, along with five 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 (descriptions, and quotations used when they "sum up the prevailing opinion in the market," are offered by Chambers).

The following attorneys received a ranking of “Band 1” by Chambers USA 2018:

Donald Gregory (Construction) is a highly experienced construction attorney who is noted for his handling of the full range of contentious and noncontentious matters, including bidding and contractual matters, insurance issues and litigation and arbitration. He is widely considered to be among Ohio's leading practitioners in this space.

Thomas Hill (Litigation) offers keen insights and outstanding representation in a high-value commercial disputes, calling upon a long track record of success in the area. His wide-ranging practice encompasses intellectual property, securities and employment litigation.

The following attorneys received a ranking of “Band 2” by Chambers USA 2018:

Catherine Cunningham (Real Estate) is acknowledged for her representation of municipalities and townships regarding land use and zoning matters.

Scott Doran (Natural Resources + Environment) is noted for his handling of a broad range of contentious environmental matters, including enforcement defense and civil litigation. He is particularly noted by interviewees for his expertise in wetlands matters.

Larry Feheley (Labor + Employment) is known by one client to be " extremely knowledgeable and is able to successfully blend the letter of the law with keeping his clients' best interest in mind."

M+A co-chair Todd Kegler (Corporate/M+A) is a highly regarded transactional expert, with clients calling upon his keen insights in a broad array of M&A matters. He offers additional strengths in areas such as estate planning, tax law and wider corporate governance work.

The following attorneys received a ranking of “Band 3” by Chambers USA 2018:

Steve Barsotti (Intellectual Property) specializes in advising startups and emerging companies on IP licensing and protection matters. He also advises on venture and growth capital investment, labor issues and cross-border joint ventures.

Allen Handlan (Banking + Finance and Real Estate [Band 4]) is described by sources as "an experienced attorney who is very much a deal-maker." His real estate practice is focused on transactions and financings pertaining to a broad range of commercial projects, including hotels, shopping malls and multifamily residential developments. He is commended for his expertise in commercial and real estate transaction financing, with complementary expertise in M&A.

Chuck Kegler (Corporate/M+A) has significant experience in the corporate and M&A sphere, where he acts for corporate clients and private equity investors. His practice also features strengths in tax matters and succession planning.

Larry McClatchey (Bankruptcy/Restructuring) is noted for his expertise in contentious bankruptcy matters. He represents distressed companies and lenders and has acted as a Chapter 7 trustee.

Clients call upon Martijn Steger (Corporate/M+A) for his deep experience in M&A transactions, strategic alliances and wider structuring matters. His practice also includes significant expertise in IP matters, including licensing agreements and wider contract negotiations.

Roger Sugarman (Litigation) is well versed in a range of civil litigation matters, with notable experience acting for corporates and senior executives in securities litigation. He offers additional expertise in regulatory matters, regularly handling investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC and FINRA.

The following attorneys received a ranking of “Band 4” by Chambers USA 2018:

Lori Fuhrer (Litigation) is an experienced litigator who acts for individual and corporate clients in commercial disputes. She offers strengths in disputes arising in the healthcare, real estate and financial services sectors, among others."

Mike Madigan (Construction) is a "smart and knowledgeable lawyer who has a good understanding of construction law and a pragmatic approach to solving problems."

The following attorneys were recognized as “Up and Coming” by Chambers USA 2018:

Vinita Mehra (Corporate/M+A) is a dual US and India-qualified practitioner who offers considerable expertise in international corporate work, with particular strengths advising non-US companies on doing business in the USA. She offers wider strengths in commercial matters, including negotiating and overseeing franchising and IP agreements.

Brendan Feheley (Labor + Employment) is recognized for his skill across a variety of labor and employment matters, including discrimination claims and compliance. He is also noted for his guidance on labor relations issues.

The following practice areas received rankings from Chambers USA 2018:

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. One appreciative client professes: "They pay particular attention to detail and know the client. They never made assumptions and always looked out for our best interest."

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. Offers transaction-adjacent experience in areas including employee benefits and executive compensation, taxation, antitrust and wider commercial contracts matters.

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. One client comments: "They are very responsive and knowledgeable."

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 ranked as a Recognised Practitioner