Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Jackson Walker Attorneys and Practices

May 31, 2017 | Spotlight

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that 28 of its attorneys and 11 of its practices were recognized in the 2017 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business rankings.

The Firm received Band 1 rankings for six attorneys and practices including Chip Babcock (Nationwide First Amendment Litigation and Nationwide Litigation: Trial Lawyers), William Dahlstrom (Texas Real Estate: Zoning/ Land Use), John Jansonius (Texas Labor & Employment), Kurt Nondorf (Texas Real Estate) as well as the Firm’s Real Estate practice (Texas).

Chambers USA rankings are based on in-depth, objective interviews with clients, key in-house counsel and leading private practice lawyers.

The Firm is proud to congratulate the following attorneys and practices:


Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation

Chambers has recognized Jackson Walker as a noted firm in the Fund Formation practice.

David Parrish
Chambers listed David as a Recognized Practitioner in Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation.

First Amendment Litigation*

Chip BabcockBand 1
Chambers calls Chip an “excellent national talent,” and that he is considered by market sources as “the premier First Amendment lawyer in Texas. Commentators also respect him for his “very good demeanor in court.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Transportation Aviation: Litigation*

Brad Brown
A client says that Brad “has a good bedside manner – he looks to resolve disputes quickly, but he can litigate!” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Robert Ruckman
Chambers says that Robert is “recommended for his capabilities in handling sophisticated multidistrict product liability and air carrier litigation.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Katherine Staton
A client describes Katherine as “a very, very good,” practitioner in the aviation litigation space. [From Chambers USA 2017]



Chambers says: “Represents a diverse client base across sectors including energy, real estate and healthcare. Frequently engaged on reorganizations, Chapter 11 cases and bankruptcy litigation. Caseload ranges from complex corporate cases to liquidation proceedings for small businesses and individuals.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Monica S. Blacker
Chambers listed Monica as a Recognized Practitioner in Bankruptcy/Restructuring.

Ken Stohner
Chambers describes Ken as “a ‘very experienced’ bankruptcy attorney with robust restructuring, reorganization and asset sales expertise.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Bruce Ruzinsky
A client describes Bruce as “available, responsive, kind and easy to talk to,” adding that “he’s respected and very well known in the space.” [From Chambers USA 2017]


Michael W. Moran
Chambers says that Michael is “recommended for his extensive construction litigation and contract negotiation practice.” [From Chambers USA 2017]


Chambers says: “Diverse practice with expertise in a range of industries, including telecommunications, energy, healthcare and technology. Regularly works with investment funds in midmarket transactions, with additional experience handling cross-border deals.”

Sources say: “They provide outstanding work and knowledge – they are all helpful and friendly and they know their area of law.”

[From Chambers USA 2017]

Rick Dahlson
A client calls Rick “a very pragmatic individual who does not get caught up on esoteric items – he has good judgment and an ability to know where to focus.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity)

Chambers says: “Strong reputation for its experience across the full range of regulatory and litigation matters involving the electricity market. Frequently appears in complex PUCT and ERCOT proceedings, as well as advising on regulatory concerns involving transactions. Frequently provides due diligence support and state regulatory counsel to financing parties and project developers in power project development.”

A client says: “They address concerns quite well. They have a businesslike approach to things and good experience.”

[From Chambers USA 2017]

Patrick R. Cowlishaw
A client says that Pat “delivers the highest-quality legal services for us.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Kathleen LaValleEminent Practitioner
Chambers describes Kathleen as “very well respected” and a “go-to person on a number of procedural issues.” [From Chambers USA 2017]


Chambers says: “Strong team fielding expertise across a range of litigation and regulatory matters involving areas such as Superfunds, water permitting and air issues. Maintains a notable focus on environmental concerns affecting the electric power industry, as well as matters arising from renewable energy and water projects.”

Sources say: “They’re committed to ensuring favorable outcomes and to being strategic with their clients.”

[From Chambers USA 2017]

Leonard H. Dougal
A client says: “He provides very practical advice and is very knowledgeable about the inner workings of players in Texas.”  [From Chambers USA 2017]

Lindsey MoorheadAssociates to Watch
A client says that Lindsey is “an amazing resource and knocks it out of the park!” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Michael Nasi
Commentators praise Mike’s understanding of “the commercial aspects of the market” and state that he “brings strength in depth in environmental law.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Dan Vineyard
Chambers listed Dan as a Recognized Practitioner in Environment.

Jerry Webberman
Chambers listed Jerry as a Recognized Practitioner in Environment.


Chambers says: “Advises clients on a broad range of transactional and regulatory healthcare issues including joint ventures, M&A, corporate governance and the formation of health networks. Clients include clinical laboratories, hospitals and health systems. Possesses particular expertise in reimbursement matters.”

Sources say: “They provide stellar services to all clients. They think outside the box and are very analytical and strategic. They handle complex projects in a professional and timely manner. They have been invaluable.”

[From Chambers USA 2017]

Edgar C. Morrison
A source says that Edgar “demonstrates market knowledge, technical knowledge, excellent client service and a superlative ability to work with healthcare clients in contracting and negotiations.” [From Chambers USA 2017]


Chambers says: “Provides a wide spectrum of immigration services to both businesses and individuals. Special experience with acquiring the full range of visas, and extensions thereof, for clients. Also well versed in the PERM residency process.”

A client says: “We continue to use them, they’re really impressive and responsive so we’re happy, they make our life really easy.

[From Chambers USA 2017]

James Prappas
A commentator says that James “has a great deal of knowledge of the system, experience and some very good contacts within the government side of immigration.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Intellectual Property*

David Folsom
Chambers listed David as a Recognized Practitioner in Intellectual Property.

Labor & Employment

Chambers says: “Respected provision of a broad range of labor and employment advice, with a large team handling matters such as labor relations, employee benefits matters and the employment implications of M&A. Also noted for its strength in employment litigation.”

A client says: “There’s nothing they could do to improve. They’re efficient, don’t waste time and really do have a depth of expertise on the substantive issues.”

[From Chambers USA 2017]

John Jansonius – Band 1
John is thought by peers to be “one of the leaders of the field” and a “strong litigator.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Litigation: General Commercial

Chambers says: “Longstanding presence in the Texas litigation market, with notable ability for handling complex disputes at trial. Regularly handles national and international cases, including arbitrations, particularly in the areas of aviation, energy and media.”

Commentators praise the group’s: “timeliness, responsiveness, effective early analysis of risk versus litigation costs, trial experience and favorable results in litigation and settlements.”

[From Chambers USA 2017]

Chip Babcock – Band 1

Real Estate
Band 1

Chambers says: “Advises an array of clients, including investors, owners and developers, in connection with a range of sophisticated real estate transactions, including acquisitions, leasings and capital markets matters. Also houses significant capabilities in land use and zoning. Further expertise in the real estate finance space, advising both borrowers and lenders in connection with transactions across the USA.”

An interviewee notes that the team made “a great impression” and attests: “They work well as a team and are very service-oriented.”

[From Chambers USA 2017]

Steve Jenkins
Sources say: “He is somebody who can cover almost all facets of real estate within his own practice without bringing anyone else in. He does lots of the work himself and is very good at it.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Alfie Meyerson
A source says that Alfie “has worked on a myriad of complex transactions, and is great at getting to the point of contention and then working through the issues. He never wastes time on trivial issues but works on important things and gets them done. He is a great attorney.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Kurt NondorfBand 1
A client says: “He has a wealth of varied real estate experience on complex transactions to draw from. He is also conscious of legal bills and legal costs and makes special efforts to avoid over-lawyering.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Timothy C. Taylor
Chambers says that Tim “is a respected partner in the firm’s Austin office,” and that “key aspects of his practice include the negotiation of complex and multifaceted dirt transactions, as well as real estate finance.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use*

William DahlstromBand 1
A client says: “He is very good to work with. He gets along with everyone. His approach is ‘we’re in it together, let’s solve the problem and get the deal done.'” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Susan MeadSenior Statesmen
Chambers says that Susan “maintains a fine profile for her prowess in zoning matters, with interviewees affirming her ‘great name’ in the market.” [From Chambers USA 2017]

Technology: Corporate & Commercial

Chambers has recognized Jackson Walker as a noted firm in the Technology: Corporate & Commercial practice.

Stephanie Chandler
Chambers listed Stephanie as a Recognized Practitioner in Technology: Corporate & Commercial.

* Indicates Jackson Walker received individual rankings only