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39 McNees Attorneys Selected by 2016 Best Lawyers in America 7 named 2016 “Lawyers of the Year’’

August 17, 2015
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Harrisburg, PA (Aug. 17, 2015) – Thirty-nine McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America®.  Of the thirty-nine selected, seven have been named 2016 “Lawyers of the Year’’ by the publication.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers’ peer-nominated lists have been recognized as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals in the country.  Some of McNees’ attorneys have appeared on the list for more than 20 years.

“It is rewarding to have the dedication and hard work of our attorneys recognized by their peers,’’ said David M. Kleppinger, the firm’s chairman. “Lawyers cannot pay a fee to be on the list or nominate themselves, making inclusion on this list a high point in any attorney’s career.’’

The seven McNees attorneys named “Lawyers of the Year’’ and their respective practice areas are:

  • Clayton W. Davidson, Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights; Insolvency & Reorganization Law
  • Bradley J. Gunnison, Tax Law
  • J. Paul Helvy, Family Law
  • Michael L. Hund, Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Daniel J. Malpezzi, Corporate Law
  • Diane M. Tokarsky, Construction Law
  • Steven J. Weingarten, Real Estate Law

The 32 additional McNees attorneys appearing on the 2016 Best Lawyers list and their respective practices are:

Harrisburg, PA

  • Alan R. Boynton, Jr. , Bet-the-Company; Commercial; Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Debra Denison Cantor, Collaborative Law: Family Law
  • Jeffrey F. Champagne, Education Law
  • Charles M. Courtney, Land Use and Zoning Law
  • James P. DeAngelo, Commercial; Banking & Finance; Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation
  • Louis A. Dejoie, International Trade and Finance Law
  • Michael A. Doctrow, Copyright Law; Franchise Law; Intellectual Property Litigation; Technology Law; Trademark Law
  • Shaun R. Eisenhauer, Corporate Law
  • Timothy M. Finnerty, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses LawTrusts and Estates
  • Harvey Freedenberg, Intellectual Property; Patent Litigation
  • Richard H. Friedman, Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation
  • James L. Fritz, Tax Litigation and Controversy
  • Scott A. Gould, Environmental Law; Environmental Litigation
  • Kandice Kerwin Hull, Appellate Practice
  • Brian F. Jackson, Labor & Employment Law
  • Donald B. Kaufman, Commercial Litigation
  • Michael R. Kelley, Insurance Law
  • Stephen R. Kern, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • David M. Kleppinger, Energy Law
  • James W. Kutz, Commercial; Construction; Municipal Litigation
  • Stephen A. Moore, Corporate Governance Law
  • Elizabeth P. Mullaugh, Trusts and Estates; Trust and Estates Litigation
  • Pamela C. Polacek, Energy Law
  • Carol Steinour Young, Mass Tort Litigation; Class Actions
  • Mark M. Van Blargan, Health Care Law
  • David M. Watts, Jr., Trusts and Estates
  • Rhonda M. Weaver, Real Estate Law

Lancaster, PA

  • Donna L. Kreiser, Public Finance Law
  • Kendra D. McGuire, Commercial Litigation; Trust and Estates Litigation

Columbus, OH

  • Donald R. Keller, Labor & Employment Law
  • Samuel C. Randazzo, Energy Law

Washington, DC

  • Robert A. Weishaar, Jr., Energy Law

Each year Best Lawyers designates “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities.  Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”  Lawyers honored as “Lawyers of the Year” receive particularly high ratings by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.


McNees is a full-service law firm based in central Pennsylvania with more than 130 attorneys representing corporations, associations, institutions and individuals. The firm serves clients worldwide from offices in Harrisburg, Lancaster, State College and Scranton, PA; Columbus, OH; and Washington, D.C. McNees is also a member of the ALFA International Global Legal Network. @McNeeslaw LinkedIn


J. Paul Helvy

Debra Denison Cantor

Charles M. Courtney

Brian F. Jackson

James W. Kutz

Elizabeth P. Mullaugh

Rhonda M. Weaver

Kendra D. McGuire

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Family and Collaborative Law

Corporate & Tax Law

Construction & Procurement Law

Real Estate

Intellectual Property Law


Education Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

International Law


Environmental Law and Toxic Tort

Appellate Law and Post Trial

Labor and Employment

Insurance Law

Energy and Environmental Law

Healthcare Law

Public Finance & Government Services