22 Brown & James attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2020

August 15, 2019

Brown & James is proud to announce 22 lawyers are listed in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

The 22 Brown & James lawyers listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2020 edition include 13 lawyers listed in multiple practice areas, as well as Principal Kristie S. Crawford’s first listing and Lawyer of the Year recognition for Russell F. Watters

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America© list are organized by geographic region and practice areas. The methodology employed by Best Lawyers® is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

The following Brown & James lawyers are recognized by Best Lawyers® in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America:

Robert L. Brady, Insurance Law
A. J. Bronsky, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
David P. Bub, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
David R. Buchanan, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Justin S. Chapell, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Brandon B. Copeland, Insurance Law
Kristie S. Crawford, Litigation – Insurance
David P. Ellington, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Bradley R. Hansmann, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Corey L. Kraushaar, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Todd A. Lubben, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law
Michael B. Maguire, Insurance Law
Elaine M. Moss, Insurance Law
Brian R. Plegge, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
John P. Rahoy, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Robert S. Rosenthal, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Steven H. Schwartz, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Insurance
Peter F. Spataro, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
Joseph R. Swift, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
T. Michael Ward, Appellate Practice, Insurance Law
Russell F. Watters, Insurance Law
Philip L. Willman, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

For 2020, Russell F. Watters was named "Lawyer of the Year" for Insurance Law in St. Louis for the third time. He is part of the list of five other Brown & James lawyers who have been named in recent years by Best Lawyers® as "Lawyer of the Year":

2010 - 
Robert S. Rosenthal, St. Louis Medical Malpractice Law
2013 - 
T. Michael Ward, St. Louis Appellate Practice
2013 - 
Russell F. Watters, St. Louis Insurance Law
2015 - 
Robert S. Rosenthal, St. Louis Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
2017 - 
David P. Ellington, St. Louis Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
2018 –
A. J. Bronsky, St. Louis Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
2018 –
Russell F. Watters, St. Louis Insurance Law

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation in which more than 83,000 leading attorneys are eligible to vote. 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."

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