30 Buckingham Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers® in America List

September 16, 2013 ―Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP is pleased to announce that 30 lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers and that 5 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respected fields.

Best Lawyers  is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession and has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the legal professionals, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referral.

Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas; they are then reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional experience, and undergo an authentication process to assure that they are in good standing.

The 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers recognized the following Buckingham attorneys as “Lawyer of the Year”:

Stephen M. Hammersmith – Akron Banking and Finance Law
Patrick J. Keating – Akron Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Frederick M. Lombardi – Akron Litigation – Real Estate
Robert W. Malone  – Akron Tax Law
Mark J. Skakun III – Akron Litigation – Intellectual Property

Additionally, the 30 Buckingham attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©  are:


Ronald C. Allan, Corporate Law
Ralph D. Amiet III, Trusts and Estates
Robert W. Briggs, Corporate Law, Trusts and Estates
Peter T. Cahoon, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
William L. Caplan, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Real Estate Law
Steven A. Dimengo, Commercial Litigation, Tax Law
Nicholas T. George, Construction Law, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law
Cathy C. Godshall, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
Stephen M. Hammersmith, Banking and Finance Law
John F. Hill, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Patrick J. Keating, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Bankruptcy
David Kern, Corporate Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
James D. Kraus, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law
Frederick M. Lombardi, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate
Robert W. Malone, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Tax Law
Patricia A. Pacenta, Trusts and Estates
John L. Reyes, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Bankruptcy
Susan C. Rodgers, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
Mark J. Skakun III, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Patrick J. Weschler, Trusts and Estates
David W. Woodburn, Real Estate Law, Trusts and Estates


William D. Dowling, Commercial Litigation
Joseph J. Feltes, Health Care Law

Jeffrey A. Halm, Trusts and Estates


Gerald B. Chattman, Employment Law – Management
David L. Drechsler, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation – Trusts and Estates
David J. Lindner, Real Estate Law
Dirk E. Riemenschneider, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
John P. Slagter, Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law
Ronald F. Wayne, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates


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Celebrating its centennial anniversary, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs’ guiding principle remains constant: providing sound legal advice, coupled with common sense. The attorneys at Buckingham continue to focus their practices on commercial litigation, real estate and construction law, corporate law, emerging businesses, probate and trust litigation, trusts and estates, intellectual property law and litigation, and labor and employment. Buckingham has offices in Akron, Canton, and Cleveland Ohio. For more information, visit bdblaw.com.