Super Lawyers 2017 Recognizes 120 Akin Gump Lawyers

(Washington, D.C.) – Super Lawyers has selected 120 Akin Gump lawyers for inclusion in its 2017 Super Lawyers recognitions spanning the United States.

Additionally, four lawyers—Murry Cohen, Dianne Elderkin, Mark MacDougall and Michelle Reed—were named to a Super Lawyers Top List in their respective regions.

Super Lawyers recognizes, through a selection process of independent research and peer nominations and evaluations, outstanding U.S. lawyers with high degrees of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The following Akin Gump lawyers were selected by Super Lawyers:

California - Super Lawyers


Los Angeles

  • John Burke(Entertainment and Sports)
  • James E. Fitzgerald(Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage and General Litigation)
  • Rex Heinke (Appellate)
  • Neal Marder (Class Action/Mass Torts, Business Litigation and Securities Litigation)
  • Marissa Román Griffith(Entertainment and Sports)
  • Robin M. Schachter(Employee Benefits, Securities and Corporate Finance and Tax: Business)
  • Edward W. Zaelke(Securities and Corporate Finance, Energy and Natural Resources and Real Estate: Business)

San Francisco

California – Rising Stars


  • Romeao Jon Jennings(Intellectual Property and Civil Litigation: Defense)

Los Angeles

  • Andrew S. Jick (Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense, Intellectual Property Litigation and Business Litigation)
  • Garrett Scott Llewellyn (Civil Litigation: Defense, Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense and Civil Litigation: Plaintiff)
  • Courtney A. Matsuishi(Securities and Corporate Finance)
  • Michael Miller(Energy and Natural Resources)
  • Vanessa Roman(Entertainment and Sports and Business/Corporate)

New York – Super Lawyers

New York – Rising Stars

Pennsylvania – Super Lawyers

  • David L. Comerford(Business Litigation)
  • Jeffery A. Dailey(Business Litigation, Professional Liability: Defense and Securities Litigation)
  • Dianne B. Elderkin(Intellectual Property Litigation) – Top 50 women in Pennsylvania
  • Katherine M. Katchen(Business Litigation, Health Care and Antitrust Litigation)
  • Steven D. Maslowski(Intellectual Property Litigation and Intellectual Property)
  • Barbara L. Mullin (Intellectual Property Litigation)
  • Matthew A. Pearson(Intellectual Property Litigation)

Pennsylvania – Rising Stars

Texas – Super Lawyers


  • Scott Barnard(Securities Litigation, Civil Litigation: Defense and General Litigation)
  • Marty L. Brimmage Jr.(Business Litigation)
  • Alan D. Feld(Securities and Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions)
  • Eric Gambrell(Professional Liability: Plaintiff and Business Litigation)
  • Charles R. Gibbs(Bankruptcy: Business)
  • Kenneth Menges Jr.(Mergers and Acquisitions, Business/Corporate and International)
  • Daniel J. Micciche(Tax)
  • Terry M. Schpok(Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities and Corporate Finance and Business/Corporate)
  • Thomas H. Yang(Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities and Corporate Finance)


  • Michael J. Byrd(Energy and Natural Resources)
  • Murry B. Cohen(Appellate, General Litigation and Business Litigation) – Top 100 in Houston and featured on a Top List for more than 10 years
  • John Goodgame(Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities and Corporate Finance)
  • Christine B. LaFollette(Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities and Corporate Finance)
  • Thomas J. McCaffrey(Mergers and Acquisitions and Real Estate: Business)
  • James R. Wetwiska(Civil Litigation: Defense)

Texas – Rising Stars


  • Sarah J. Crow (Bankruptcy: Business)
  • Julie S. Feldman(Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities and Corporate Finance)
  • Sean Gurgle(Securities and Corporate Finance)
  • Lacy M. Lawrence(Civil Litigation: Defense and Business Litigation)
  • Andrew F. Newman(Business Litigation)
  • Michelle A. Reed(Securities Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts and Civil Litigation: Defense) – Top 50 up and coming women in Texas
  • Elizabeth D. Scott (Civil Litigation: Defense)
  • Laura Warrick(Business Litigation)
  • Matt Zmigrosky, II(Mergers and Acquisitions)


San Antonio

Washington, D.C. – Super Lawyers

Washington, D.C. – Rising Stars

  • Melissa D. Chastang (Criminal Defense: White Collar and Business Litigation)
  • Joseph Decker (Business Litigation)
  • Carl J. Fleming (Energy & Natural Resources, Mergers & Acquisitions and International)
  • Daniel D. Graver (Health Care)
  • Alexis Guinan (International)
  • Scott Johnson (Utilities and Energy & Natural Resources)
  • Deona T. Kalala (Antitrust Litigation)
  • Ashley J. Keapproth(Employment and Labor)
  • Abigail K. Kohlman (Civil Litigation: Defense)
  • Connor Mullin (Criminal Defense: White Collar, Civil Litigation: Defense, Entertainment & Sports and International)
  • Kapil Pandit (Securities & Corporate Finance and Business/Corporate)
  • Jillie B. Richards (Criminal Defense: White Collar and Business Litigation)
  • James E. Tysse(Appellate and Business Litigation)
  • Joseph W. Whitehead(Government Contracts, Business Litigation and Nonprofit Organizations)
  • Stanley E. Woodward Jr.(Business/Corporate)

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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