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15 lawyers from Kerr Russell were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell have been named to the prestigious 2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America©. The award is given annually in recognition of being named as part of the “top legal talent in the U.S.”

The 2019 Best Lawyers class features ...

  • James R. Cambridge (2001) [15]
    • Corporate Law
  • Michael D. Carroll (2018)
    • Construction Law
    • Litigation - Construction
  • James R. Case (2006) [10]
    • Construction Law
  • George J. Christopoulos (2013) [5]
    • Tax Law
  • Mark M. Cunningham (2013) [5]
    • Construction Law
  • Curtis J. DeRoo (2013) [5]
    • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • John D. Gatti (2016)
    • Tax Law
  • Patrick J. Haddad (2013) [5]
    • Health Care Law
  • Fred K. Herrmann (2013) [5]
    • Antitrust Law
  • Mark C. Knoth (2014) [5]
    • Employment Law - Management
  • Eric I. Lark (2011) [5]
    • Corporate Law
  • Stephen D. McGraw (2007) [10]
    • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Daniel J. Schulte (2013) [5]
    • Health Care Law
  • Joanne Geha Swanson (2010) [10]
    • Appellate Practice
    • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Kurt R. Vilders (*)
    • Real Estate Law

(Year) First year the lawyer was listed in any practice area.
(*) Lawyers who are listed for the first time in Best Lawyers.
[#] Anniversary plaque for which lawyer is eligible (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 years).

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. Almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. 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."

About Kerr Russell ...

We are proud of Detroit. We are proud to have had a seat at the table here since 1874.

Our exceptional attorneys understand the unique challenges facing business leaders. Our legal solutions are prompt, accurate, economical, and focused around your needs in every area, including business law, labor and employment, immigration, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and construction, healthcare, medical practices, tax, contract negotiation, restructuring, automotive, manufacturing, and commercial litigation.

Whereas many lawyers merely interpret the law, our attorneys help to make it. We have been involved in some of the most significant legal developments in state business and health care law, and our trial lawyers have been involved in many notable commercial cases in Michigan and other jurisdictions.

In business and legal circles, we are respected for our high standards, quality work, and professional ethics and integrity.

For nearly 150 years, Detroit has been our home. Detroit will always be our home.



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