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73 Kutak Rock Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

News | August 15, 2019

Kutak Rock is pleased to announce that 73 of its attorneys are included in the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The 2020 Edition is based on more than 8.3 million evaluations and recognizes more than 62,000 attorneys, approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice in the United States, in 146 practice areas.

The firm's recognized attorneys span numerous practice areas in offices across the country including Washington, D.C. and 10 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Virginia, and Washington.

The 73 Kutak Rock attorneys included in The Best Lawyers in America 2020 are: 


  • Dean M. Dinner – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Mark E. Lasee – Real Estate Law
  • Marc R. Lieberman – Commercial Litigation; Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law; Real Estate Law
  • Arik J. Michelson – Real Estate Law
  • Timothy C. Nash – Public Finance Law
  • Mark R. Nethers – Real Estate Law
  • Jason D. Stych – Real Estate Law (*first time listed)

Little Rock

  • Jess L. Askew III – Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Communications Law; First Amendment Law; Media Law
  • Randal B. Frazier  – Banking and Finance Law; Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation-Banking and Finance; Real Estate Law
  • James M. Gary – Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment
  • H. Watt Gregory III  – Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation; Securitization and Structured Finance Law; Venture Capital Law
  • Jim Hathaway – Public Finance Law
  • David A. Smith  – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
  • Gordon M. Wilbourn  – Municipal Law; Public Finance Law
  • Teresa M. Wineland  – Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants


  • Russell C. Atchley  – Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Construction
  • Dale Brown – Commercial Litigation (*first time listed)
  • J.R. Carroll  – Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
  • Mark W. Dossett  – Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Insurance; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants
  • Rayburn W. Green  – Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Bryan G. Looney  – Health Care Law 
  • Debby Thetford Nye  – Health Care Law


  • Robert D. Irvin – Public Finance Law
  • Michael R. Johnson – Public Finance Law
  • Ellen K. O’Brien – Real Estate Law
  • Thomas M. Peltz – Public Finance Law
  • Lee F. Sachnoff – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Kenneth K. Skogg – Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law


  • David L. Amsden – Public Finance Law
  • Gregory R. Crochet – Employment Law-Management


  • Richard A. Olmstead – Litigation-Labor and Employment


  • Stephen C. Rosholt – Public Finance Law

Kansas City

  • Jack T. Bangert – Product Liability Litigation-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs
  • John T. Coghlan – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Edward Marquette – Copyright Law; Litigation-Intellectual Property; Technology Law; Trademark Law
  • G. Mark Sappington – Health Care Law


  • James E. Meadows – Appellate Practice; Litigation-Real Estate
  • Dan R. Nelson – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation-Bankruptcy 
  • Joseph Reid – Litigation-Health Care; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
  • Michael D. Textor – Construction Law; Litigation-Construction; Real Estate Law
  • Randell D. Wallace – Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
  • J. Taylor White - Litigation-Real Estate


  • Heather K. Aeschleman – Real Estate Law
  • P. Brian Bartels – Litigation-ERISA
  • Tory M. Bishop – Litigation-ERISA
  • Victoria H. Buter – Commercial Litigation
  • Michael K. Bydalek – Information Technology Law; Technology Law
  • Robert L. Cohen – Health Care Law
  • Michael L. Curry – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Thomas H. Dahlk – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Mergers and Acquisitions; Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation-Securities
  • Michael S. Degan – Commercial Litigation
  • H. Dale Dixon III – Banking and Finance Law
  • Jeremy T. Fitzpatrick – Construction Law
  • Patrick B. Griffin – Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Securities
  • Howard Fredrick Hahn – Nonprofit/Charities Law; Tax Law
  • Bryan G. Handlos – Banking and Finance Law
  • Thomas J. Kenny – Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Bartholomew L. McLeay – Commercial Litigation
  • Michael G. Mullin – Arbitration; Insurance Law; Mediation; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants
  • John P. Passarelli – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Franchise Law; Litigation-Antitrust; Litigation-Intellectual Property; Litigation-Patent
  • Patricia Schuett Peterson – Public Finance Law
  • John E. Schembari – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation-ERISA
  • Robert M. Slovek – Commercial Litigation
  • Patrick C. Stephenson – Trademark Law
  • James M. Sulentic – Trademark Law
  • Jeffrey T. Wegner – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation-Banking and Finance; Litigation-Bankruptcy


  • Peter J. Barrett – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation-Banking and Finance; Litigation-Bankruptcy
  • Michael A. Condyles – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation-Bankruptcy
  • Loc Pfeiffer – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation-Bankruptcy


  • Geana M. Van Dessel – Commercial Litigation
  • Heather C. Yakely – Litigation-Labor and Employment (*first time listed)

Washington, DC

  • Mitchell J. Bragin – Public Finance Law

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