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12 Miller Canfield Lawyers Named by Best Lawyers as "Lawyers of the Year" for 2014

September 13, 2013

Miller Canfield announces that 12 of its lawyers have been identified as a leading practitioner in their practice area by Best Lawyers® 2014. Only a single lawyer in each high-profile legal specialty in each large community is being honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.”

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” received particularly high ratings in surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.  

The following Miller Canfield lawyers have been named Best Lawyers' 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” in the following cities and legal areas:

Ann Arbor, Michigan “Lawyers of the Year”

Thomas C. O'Brien – Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Chicago, Illinois “Lawyers of the Year”

Michael H. Traison – Litigation – Bankruptcy

Detroit, Michigan “Lawyers of the Year”

Marjory G. Basile – Litigation-Intellectual Property
Beverly Hall Burns – Education Law
Douglas M. Kilbourne – Banking and Finance Law
Stephen J. Ott – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants
Clarence L. Pozza, Jr. – Litigation -Securities

Grand Rapids, Michigan “Lawyers of the Year”

John M. Sommerdyke – Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Stanley J. Stek – Litigation-Municipal
Jack Van Coevering – Litigation-Tax

Kalamazoo, Michigan “Lawyers of the Year”

Steven Stankewicz – Real Estate Law

Lansing, Michigan “Lawyers of the Year”

Harvey J. Messing – Oil and Gas Law

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 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 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.”