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Sixty-Three Kutak Rock Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America 2018

News | August 15, 2017

Kutak Rock is pleased to announce that 63 of its attorneys are included in the 24th edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. The 2018 Edition is based on more than 7.4 million evaluations and recognizes more than 58,000 attorneys in 140 practice areas.

The firm's recognized attorneys span numerous practice areas across 11 Kutak Rock offices: Atlanta, GA; Denver, CO; Fayetteville, AR.; Kansas City, MO.; Little Rock, AR.; Oklahoma City, OK.; Omaha, NE; Richmond, VA.; Scottsdale, AZ.; Washington, D.C. and Wichita, KS.

In addition, nine Kutak Rock attorneys were recognized as Best Lawyers® 2018 “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practice areas and locations. This designation goes above and beyond traditional inclusion and is based upon the individual with the highest peer reviews among each practice area in a given metropolitan area. The firm's "Lawyers of the Year" are:

Little Rock

  • David Smith: Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Edward Oglesby: Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Gordon Wilbourn: Municipal Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • H. Watt Gregory III: Securities Regulation "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Jess Askew III: First Amendment Law "Lawyer of the Year"


  • David Jacobson: Non-Profit/Charities Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • John Schembari: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Michael Mullin: Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Robert Cohen: Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year"

To see the entire list of Kutak Rock attorneys in Best Lawyers, please click on the file below, or refer to the right-hand column of this page.

About Best Lawyers

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. The methodology 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. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. 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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