8.15.19

National labor and employment law firm Constangy, Brooks & Smith and Prophete, LLP congratulates 44 of its attorneys who have been named to the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America©, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.

Seven Constangy partners were named as “Lawyer of the Year.” Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area received this honor," making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer review assessments.

  • William “Zan” Blue of the Nashville office for Employment Law – Management
  • Katherine Boyte of the Nashville office for Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • Penni Bradshaw of the Winston-Salem office for Employment Law – Management
  • Kenneth Carlson of the Winston-Salem office for Arbitration
  • Damon Kitchen of the Jacksonville office for Labor Law – Management
  • Jill Stricklin of the Winston-Salem office for Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • David Vogel of the Kansas City office for Employment Law -- Management

Constangy also received several “top listed” awards, as the firm with the most lawyers named to Best Lawyers in employment or labor law in markets including North Carolina (statewide, labor law), Winston-Salem (employment and labor law) and Jacksonville (labor law).

Since it was first published in 1981, Best Lawyers® has become regarded as one of the definitive guides to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore 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."

Asheville, NC

  • Jonathan W. Yarbrough, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment

Atlanta, GA

  • Carl Cannon, recognized for Employment Law – Management
  • Daniel P. Murphy, recognized for Employment Law – Management
  • Timothy R. Newton, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • William K. Principe, recognized for Employment Law – Management
  • Frank B. Shuster, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
  • Patrick R. Tyson, recognized for Employment Law – Management
  • Neil H. Wasser, recognized for Employment Law – Management

Birmingham, AL

  • Richard O. Brown, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
  • James N. Nolan, recognized for Workers' Compensation Law – Employers
  • Dana Latham Thrasher, recognized for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Boston, MA

  • Andrew L. Eisenberg, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Ellen C. Kearns, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment

Columbia, SC

  • Cara Yates Crotty, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management

Denver, CO

  • Jim Goh, recognized for Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Steven W. Moore, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment

Fairfax, VA

  • James M. Coleman, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Maureen R. Knight, recognized for Litigation – Labor and Employment

Jacksonville, FL

  • John F. Dickinson, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Damon Kitchen, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Gary R. Wheeler, recognized for Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Margaret P. Zabijaka, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment

Kansas City, MO

  • Timothy A. Davis, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Nancy M. Leonard, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Donald S. Prophete, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Kimberly F. Seten, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment 
  • David C. Vogel, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment

Los Angeles, CA

  • Kenneth D. Sulzer, recognized for Litigation – Labor and Employment; Litigation – Labor and Employment

Macon, GA

  • Melvin Haas, III, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Jeffery L. Thompson, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment

Nashville, TN

  • William A. Blue, Jr., recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Katherine Boyte, recognized for Workers’ Compensation Law Employers
  • Teresa Rider Bult, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Mary Dohner Smith, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment

Tampa, FL

  • Michael D. Malfitano, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • David P. Steffen, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Employment Law – Individuals; Litigation – Labor and Employment

Winston-Salem, NC

  • Penni P. Bradshaw, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Immigration Law; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Kenneth P. Carlson, Jr., recognized for Arbitration; Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Mediation; Trade Secrets Law
  • Terry A. Clark, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
  • John J. Doyle, Jr., recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • R. Loftis, Jr., recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Charles P. Roberts III, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
  • Robin E. Shea, recognized for Employment Law – Management
  • Jill Stricklin, recognized for Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment

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About Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP:

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete offers a wider lens on workplace law. We have counseled employers exclusively since 1946. With offices in 15 states, we are one of the largest labor and employment law practices in the U.S. Constangy has been named as a top firm for women and minorities by organizations including Law360, the National Law Journal and Vault.com. Many of our more than 180 attorneys have been recognized by leading authorities such as Chambers & Partners®, Best Lawyers in America® and Martindale Hubbell. Find out more about us online at www.constangy.com or follow us on Twitter @ConstangyLaw.

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