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2016 Super Lawyers Recognizes 30 Attorneys from Hall Estill

October 9, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 10, 2016) – Hall Estill, Oklahoma’s leading law firm, is pleased to announce a substantial number of its attorneys were once again selected by their peers for inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyer’s annual list of the state’s top attorneys. Of the attorneys selected, five attorneys were named as Rising Stars, a prestigious recognition for up-and-coming attorneys.

“Of all the recognitions our attorneys receive, this is one for which they are very proud,” said Mike Cooke, Hall Estill managing partner. “Being acknowledged by your peers for your expertise and skill is as meaningful of an endorsement as one could imagine.”

Super Lawyers has been recognized by bar associations and courts across the country for the legitimacy and rigor of its selection process. Attorneys are selected using a rigorous, multi-phase rating process including peer nominations and evaluations combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, and the lawyers recognized represent no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state. 

“Our attorneys show up every day not looking for awards or recognition, said Cooke. “They are laser-focused on providing our clients with the highest level of counsel.”

Of the 30 attorneys honored, five were recognized for the first time and two attorneys, Thomas A. Creekmore III and Jon A. Epstein were named a Super Lawyer for the tenth year in a row.

In addition, Scott Hall, one of the firm’s up-and-coming attorneys from Hall Estill’s Fayetteville, Ark., office, was named a Rising Star in Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine for the third straight year. Launched in 1998, Rising Stars is a list that recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. To qualify for this award, candidates must be 40 years old or younger, or have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Hall Estill Oklahoma Super Lawyers List

Molly A. Aspan, Employment & Labor

Pamela S. Anderson, Energy & Natural Resources

Larry G. Ball, Business Litigation    

Mark K. Blongewicz, Civil Litigation: Defense 

Steven A. Broussard, Employment Litigation: Defense – Also named a Top 50 Attorney in Oklahoma

W. Deke Canada, Business/Corporate 

Michael D. Cooke, Mergers & Acquisitions 

Thomas A. Creekmore III, Bankruptcy: Business

Jon A. Epstein, Media/Advertising

Kent A. Gilliland, Business/Corporate

Michael D. Graves, Environmental Litigation 

J. Kevin Hayes, Energy & Natural Resources

John M. Hickey, Construction Litigation 

Robert D. Looney, Jr., Personal Injury General: Defense

Randall K. McCarthy, Intellectual Property 

James C. Milton, Estate & Trust Litigation 

Robert D. Nelon, Media/Advertising  

P. David Newsome, Securities & Corporate Finance 

Bryan J. Nowlin, Business Litigation

Stephen W. Ray, Business/Corporate  

John T. Richer, Civil Litigation: Defense

Michael E. Smith, Energy & Natural Resources 

Steven W. Soulé, Bankruptcy: Business  

Elaine R. Turner, Employment Litigation: Defense – Also named a Top 25 Female Attorney in Oklahoma

Richard A. Wagner II Family Law

D. Kenyon Williams, Jr., Energy & Natural Resources 

Hall Estill Oklahoma Rising Stars List

Kristen Pence Evans, Civil Litigation: Defense 

Matthew R. Gile, Family Law

Tyler J. Mantooth, Intellectual Property