25 Attorneys Named Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

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The lawyers of Brown & James are noted for their achievements. A number of our lawyers are regularly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for their preeminence in the legal profession. Our lawyers also include members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, and other significant professional organizations.


17 Super Lawyers, 8 Rising Stars and a Top 50 St. Louis Attorney

October 18, 2013

Brown & James is proud to announce that 17 of its attorneys are 2013 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers.  Another eight have been named Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars.  Managing Principal T. Michael Ward has been honored as one of the "Best of the Best" for the second consecutive year for his work in Appellate Law as a Top 50 St. Louis attorney.

Nearly every partner has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the Medical Malpractice Group, with Principal Christine A. Vaporean newly added to the Super Lawyer list and Senior Associate Halle L. Dimar being named a Rising Star for the third year in a row. 

Other new Super Lawyers include: Principals Bradley R. Hansmann and Corey L. Kraushaar.
This year the firm added another Rising Star with Senior Associate Christopher J. Seibold.

Super Lawyers honors the top five percent of attorneys in a particular state or region who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The selection process takes into consideration such criteria as honors and awards, verdicts and settlements, special licenses and certifications.

Brown & James would like to congratulate the 2013 Super Lawyers:

Robert L. Brady
(Insurance Coverage)
David P. Bub (Civil Litigation Defense)
David R. Buchanan (Personal Injury Defense: Products)
Jeffrey L. Cramer (Personal Injury Defense)
David P. Ellington (Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice)
Bradley R. Hansmann (Personal Injury Defense)
Corey L. Kraushaar (Personal Injury Defense)
Michael B. Maguire (Insurance Coverage)
Brian R. Plegge (Personal Injury Defense: Products)
Robert S. Rosenthal (Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice)
Steven H. Schwartz (Business Litigation)
Peter F. Spataro (Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice)
Joseph R. Swift (Transportation/Maritime)
Christine A. Vaporean (Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice)
T. Michael Ward (Appellate)
Russell F. Watters (Insurance Coverage)
Philip L. Willman (Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice)

Rising Stars are chosen by their peers as being among the top up-and-coming lawyers.  Attorneys have to be 40-years-old or younger, or in practice ten years or less.  Only the top 2.5 percent are named to the list.

Brown & James would like to congratulate the 2013 Rising Stars:

Patrick A. Bousquet (Appellate)
Halle L. Dimar (Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice)
Jacqueline M. Kinder (Civil Litigation Defense)
Todd A. Lubben (Professional Liability: Defense)
Derek H. MacKay (Business Litigation)
Christopher J. Seibold (Civil Litigation Defense)
Timothy J. Wolf (Insurance Coverage)
Edward W. Zeidler II (Personal Injury Defense)

About Brown & James, P.C.
Brown & James, P.C. is a Midwest regional law firm with over 100 attorneys representing companies in litigation, appeals and insurance coverage matters.  With offices in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, Mo., Belleville, Ill., and Little Rock, Ark., our attorneys regularly represent clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies throughout Missouri, Kansas, southern Illinois and northern Arkansas.  The firm has been named the "Winningest Defense Firm" the past five years by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for achieving the most defense verdicts in the state of Missouri.  For more information, visit www.brownjames.com.

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