Chambers Legal Guide Gives High Marks to Stoel Rives Offices and Attorneys
Kristen Leis, Business Development Manager, (503) 294-9343
Stoel Rives LLP, a leading U.S. full-service business law firm, is honored to announce that four of the firm's offices and 61 of its attorneys are favorably ranked in the new edition of Chambers USA: Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
The highly regarded Chambers USA guide ranks Stoel Rives attorneys in seven areas of law: corporate/commercial, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, environmental and natural resources, and real estate. Stoel Rives earned category rankings in four states where the firm has offices. The firm received the highest possible ranking in several categories, noted as "first tier" below.
• Oregon: Corporate/M&A (first tier), Environment (first tier), Labor & Employment, Commercial Litigation (first tier), Real Estate.
Chambers USA calls Stoel Rives "[t]he clear leader in Oregon's corporate law market.... Even rivals admitted: 'As hard as it is to say it, Stoel Rives is top when it comes to bench strength and clientele,' while clients called it 'the premier law firm in the region.' The largest firm in Oregon, it deals with most of the major deals coming into the state."
Stoel Rives' Oregon office also won praise for its environmental and natural resources practice: "This principal player excels in scope from creative solutions to environmental issues.... Attorneys take pleasure in helping companies develop environmental strategies, thinking outside a purely legal framework to provide 'workable business solutions.' The team is 'candid, ethical and honest as well as extremely skilled at what it does' and this approach has led to a busy year."
The firm's litigation practice group in Oregon is "claiming an increasingly high percentage of complex and high-stakes litigation" and is "[h]ighly regarded by peers and clients alike.... Clients come from across the Pacific Northwest for its full-service work that includes distribution, licensing, antitrust, technology and real estate matters."
• Washington: Corporate/Commercial, Environment (first tier), Labor & Employment, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate.
The guide reports that Stoel Rives' top-ranked environmental and natural resources practice group in Washington State "is a major environmental player... and interviewees stated that no other Pacific West firm can touch it on a number of niche areas. The team handles permitting and approvals and the consequent litigation that often spins out of this work. It is also highly esteemed for its work on the Endangered Species Act and on Superfund cleanup projects
In addition, the Washington office won "acclaim for its robust traditional labor practice and prowess in the wage and hour area, where it has been active on the legislative front. Clients were happy to sing the firm's praises, enthusing that the team provides 'reliable advice and responsive service.'"
• Utah: Corporate/M&A, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate (first tier).
In Utah, according to Chambers USA, Stoel Rives' first-tier real estate practice has "'leapfrogged' local firms in terms of strength in this area. According to one client: 'The partnership is very strong. I've found them to be particularly thorough and very meticulous with regard to detail.' One competitor credited the team as 'definitely a force to be reckoned with.'"
Also notable is the Utah office's high ranking in intellectual property law. This is the first year that Chambers USA has ranked intellectual property law practices in Utah.
• Idaho: Corporate/Commercial (first tier), Labor & Employment (first tier), Commercial Litigation (first tier), Natural Resources & Environment (first tier), Real Estate.
Stoel Rives' Idaho office earned top marks in four categories. The corporate/commercial practice is praised as building on the firm's "strong reputation for business law in the Western USA" and "'rais[ing] the bar in Idaho.'"
The firm's labor and employment practice group in Idaho is a "significant regional player" that "covers a wide range of employment law" and "impresses clients who want 'practical solutions, not an overkill approach.'"
In the commercial litigation arena, Chambers USA states that Stoel Rives' Idaho office "has not shied away from large complex cases.... Interviewees noted the group's 'creativity and technical accuracy' and its collaborative, non-obstructionist approach."
Finally, the firm's Idaho environmental and natural resources "team has access to a network of lawyers in five states and represents clients from small local companies to large multinationals. Attorneys work in specialized teams on areas such as air quality, land use, renewable energy, mining and environmental insurance claims."
Chambers USA is an annual guide to the leading business lawyers and law firms in the United States, compiled and released by respected international legal publisher Chambers & Partners. The rankings are based on extensive independent research, including detailed interviews with key in-house counsel and other attorneys throughout the United States.
The 61 Stoel Rives attorneys included in the new Chambers USA are listed below, along with the area of law for which each was selected. An asterisk indicates that the attorney earned the guide's highest possible ranking. To view all Stoel Rives rankings from the 2007 edition of Chambers USA, visit http://www.chambersandpartners.com/usa/rankings36.aspx?fid=65917.
Kevin Beaton, Natural Resources & Environment*
Paul Boyd, Corporate/Commercial*
James Dale, Labor & Employment*
Mark Geston, Litigation: General Commercial
Quentin Knipe, Real Estate
Krista McIntyre, Natural Resources & Environment*
Kris Ormseth, Corporate/Commercial
J. Walter Sinclair, Litigation: General Commercial*
Gregory Tollefson, Labor & Employment
Steven Abel, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use*
Courtney Angeli, Labor & Employment
Todd Bauman, Corporate/M&A
Ruth Beyer, Corporate/M&A
Paul Buchanan, Labor & Employment
Michael Campbell, Environment
Stuart Chestler, Corporate/M&A
Barnes Ellis, Litigation: General Commercial*
Howard Feuerstein, Real Estate*
David Filippi, Environment
David Green, Real Estate*
Dan Grinfas, Labor & Employment
Henry Hewitt, Corporate/M&A*
Victor Kisch, Labor & Employment
Chris Kitchel, Labor & Employment
Robert Moorman, Corporate/M&A
J. Mark Morford, Environment*
Gregory Mowe, Litigation: General Commercial
Joel Mullin, Litigation: General Commercial
Margaret Hill Noto, Corporate/M&A
Thomas Page, Real Estate*
Amy Joseph Pedersen, Labor & Employment
Edward Reeves, Labor & Employment
Lois Rosenbaum, Litigation: General Commercial
Joan Snyder, Environment
Thomas Wood, Environment
Kenneth Black, Litigation: General Commercial
Matthew Durham, Labor & Employment
Thomas Ellison, Real Estate*
Ervin Holmes, Real Estate
Nathan Jones, Corporate/M&A
David Jordan, Litigation: General Commercial
Guy Kroesche, Real Estate
Kevin Laurence, Intellectual Property*
Michael Mangelson, Intellectual Property
Ronald Moffitt, Corporate/M&A
Reed Topham, Corporate/M&A
Samuel Webb, Intellectual Property
Margaret Louise Barbier, Labor & Employment
Duff Bryant, Corporate/Commercial
Beth Ginsberg, Environment
David Goodnight, Litigation: General Commercial
Jeffrey Leppo, Environment*
Carl Lewis, Corporate/Commercial: Tax
Timothy O'Connell, Labor & Employment
Virginia Pedreira, Real Estate
David Rockwell, Real Estate*
Jerome Rubin, Labor & Employment
J. Ronald Sim, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations*
Gordon Tanner, Real Estate
Steven Thiele, Environment
Christopher Voss, Corporate/Commercial
About Stoel Rives LLP: Stoel Rives is a business law firm providing counseling and litigation services to a wide range of clients throughout the United States. The firm has more than 350 attorneys operating out of ten offices in six states. Stoel Rives is regarded as a leader in energy, natural resources, environmental, litigation, corporate and intellectual property law. For more information, visit www.stoel.com.