Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Jackson Walker Attorneys and Practices

May 3, 2018 | Spotlight

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce 26 attorneys have been ranked in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide, with four additional attorneys identified as “recognized practitioners.”

The Firm was ranked in Texas for its Bankruptcy, Corporate and Securities, Energy: State Regulatory and Litigation (Electric), Environmental, Healthcare, Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate practice groups. In addition, Jackson Walker was named a “Recognized Practitioner” on the national level for its Investment Funds practice group and on the state level for its Technology practice group.

The Chambers USA guide identifies leading lawyers and law firms through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients across the United States. The criteria for selection include recommendations by clients, the attorney’s visibility in his or her area of law, and the volume, complexity, and size of work undertaken. For more information about the guide, visit the Chambers and Partners website.

Jackson Walker’s Texas-ranked practice groups received the following commentary from Chambers and from interviewed clients:


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. Acts on behalf of creditors, debtors and asset purchasers, among others.
Sources say:They are very professional and timely in their work. They always address exactly the problems they are presented with.
[From Chambers USA 2018]


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. Client base is comprised of public and private companies, and various funds.”
Sources say: “They have been very commercial, and have done a good job advocating our interests and balancing that with the need to get things done.”
“They are always creative in finding solutions. On the quality of work level, they’re fantastic.” [From Chambers USA 2018]

Energy: State Regulatory and Litigation (Electricity)

Chambers says: “Has 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 arising in transactions. Regularly provides due diligence support and state regulatory counsel to financing parties and project developers in power project development. Acts for transmission, generation and renewable energy clients, among others.”
Sources say: “a very strong litigation firm,” adding: “When I work on matters with the firm, I know I’ll have excellent lawyers on the other side.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]


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. Also well-versed serving clients from the financial services sector.”
Sources say: “The team has a broad range of experience, is easy to communicate with, efficient in work product, adaptable, and responsive,” adding: “excellent communication and customer service.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]


Chambers says: “Advises clients on a broad range of transactional and regulatory healthcare issues including joint ventures, M&A and the formation of health networks. Clients include clinical laboratories, hospitals, health systems and telemedicine providers. Highly experienced with matters concerning radiology clinics and departments. Also possesses particular expertise in reimbursement matters.”
Sources say: “The team has done very good work for us and has been immediately responsive whenever we have needed them,” and also highlights “the breadth and depth of specialty services they offer.”
“I consider them invested and feel that they care about us.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

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. Acts on behalf of household names in a number of sectors, including financial institutions and retail companies.”
Sources say: “Excellent and responsive.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

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. Also provides assistance with securities litigation, white-collar and government investigations.”
Sources say: “The associates and partners are excellent and timely communicators.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Real Estate

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. Maintains offices throughout the state, including in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.”
Sources say: “They get the job done on time, efficient, smart and part of our team. We trust them, they are business-savvy.”
“They have a very good business sense in terms of what it takes to get a deal done and what is a good approach to achieve results.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Congratulations to the following Chambers-ranked lawyers:

Chip Babcock

Ranked for First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide – Band 1)
Chambers says: “Charles Babcock ‘brings real First Amendment experience as well as being a serious trial lawyer.’ He represents media companies and individuals in a wide array of matters, including both trials and appeals. His recent work includes representing Warner Brothers in a defamation case involving a TMZ article about a police report. He is described by interviewees as ‘a luminary in the field’ and ‘an exceptional lawyer.’ Clients say he is ‘smart’ and ‘very innovative in his approaches to problem solving.’”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Ranked for Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Nationwide – Band 2)
Chambers says: “Charles Babcock has decades of experience trying bet-the-company cases across the US, with a renowned focus on First Amendment disputes. He regularly works with clients in the entertainment and media industries, and is considered by market sources as “an excellent trial attorney.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Ranked for Litigation: General Commercial (Texas – Band 1)
Chambers says: “Charles Babcock continues to be recognized as ‘an excellent trial attorney.’ He continues to act for commercial clients in breach of contract disputes and is also notable for his handling of First Amendment and media litigation.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Brad Brown

Ranked for Transportation: Aviation: Litigation (Nationwide – Band 3)
Chambers says: “Brad Brown of Jackson Walker LLP works on a range of aviation claims, including mass torts and domestic cargo disputes. He has experience representing clients such as manufacturers, airlines, cargo companies and ground handlers.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Pat Cowlishaw

Ranked for Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity) (Texas – Band 3)
Chambers says: “Patrick Cowlishaw has extensive experience acting for electric utility clients. His expertise includes appearing in proceedings involving the ERCOT, PUCT and other regulatory bodies and courts.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Richard Dahlson

Ranked for Corporate/M&A (Texas – Band 4)
Chambers says: “Richard Dahlson earns praise from market sources for being a ‘get-the-deal-done guy’ when representing clients in M&A, securities matters and leveraged buyouts. One interviewee knows him to have ‘very strong technical knowledge and provide excellent customer service.’”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

William Dahlstrom

Ranked for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Texas – Band 1)
Chambers says: “William Dahlstrom concentrates on land use matters such as economic development and subdivision annexation. A source says: ‘He has a wonderful relationship with most of the municipalities around here and we have a great working relationship.’”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Jay Dewald

“Recognized Practitioner” in Litigation White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Texas)
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Leonard Dougal

Ranked for Environment (Texas – Band 3)
Chambers says: “Leonard Dougal is best known for his expertise in water regulatory issues. He assists a variety of corporate clients with compliance and litigation relating to federal and state water law.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Jeff Drummond

Ranked for Healthcare (Texas – Band 4)
Chambers says: “The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Jeff Drummond ‘is excellent with regard to HIPAA and liability protection matters,’ according to market sources. He represents hospitals, physicians and life sciences entities in regulatory compliance and corporate transactions”
[From Chambers 2018]

David Folsom

“Recognized Practitioner” in Intellectual Property (Texas)
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Meghan Griffiths

“Recognized Practitioner” in Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity) (Texas)
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Peter Hyndman

Ranked in Corporate / M&A (Texas – Associates to Watch)
Chambers says: “Associate Peter Hyndman stands out in the market for his diligence and hard work when representing clients in M&A and securities matters. Interviewees highlight that he is “very detail-oriented and technical” and note his ‘good-quality work.’”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

John Jansonius

Ranked for Labor & Employment (Texas – Band 1)
Chambers says: “John Jansonius is seen as a ‘very accomplished practitioner, a strong litigator and labor and employment lawyer with a terrific reputation.’ He handles contract and compensation negotiations and the defense of employment discrimination claims.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Steve Jenkins

Ranked for Real Estate (Texas – Band 1)
Chambers says: “Steve Jenkins represents clients in a broad range of real estate transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, developments and financings. A source praises him as ‘the whole package; he has business sense, years of experience, a very good style in meetings and commands attention immediately.’”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Kevin Kelley

Ranked for Real Estate (Texas – Band 2)
Chambers says: “Kevin Kelley … is recommended for his handling of a range of commercial real estate transactions, notably including those in the hospitality sector. Clients report: ‘He keeps the ball rolling and doesn’t let things sit in his court. He is very knowledgeable about the real estate and construction industries and has a wealth of experience.’”
[From Chambers 2017]

Kathleen LaValle

Ranked for Energy: State Regulatory and Litigation (Electricity) (Texas – Senior Statesmen)
Chambers says: “Kathleen LaValle is a well-established practitioner in the Texas electric market, with a wealth of experience advising her clients in complex litigation at state and federal level.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Susan Mead

Ranked for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Texas – Senior Statesmen)
Chambers says: “Susan Mead’s practice includes representation before city councils, city planning commissions, boards of adjustment and urban renewal boards. She is experienced in matters such as the implementation of tax increment financing districts.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Alfie Meyerson

Ranked for Real Estate (Texas – Band 2)
Chambers says: “Alfie Meyerson ‘strikes the right balance and has the right temperament to make good counsel, he is our go-to guy,’ reports one source. He advises on a host of real estate transactions, including leases, purchases and sales.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Virginia Alverson Mimmack

Ranked for Healthcare (Texas – Up and Coming)
Chambers says: “The ‘fantastic’ Virginia Mimmack is praised by her clients as ‘a great communicator.’ One commentator adds: ‘She gives me excellent advice on a quick turnaround and a direct, honest analysis on every question or negotiation she has been involved in. I think her fund of knowledge and critical thinking skills are outstanding.’ She is experienced advising physician-owned entities and healthcare startups.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Lindsey Moorhead

Ranked for Environment (Texas – Associates to Watch)
Chambers says: “Lindsey Moorhead assists in site cleanup and remediation projects, and regularly acts for energy companies. Commentators describe her as ‘an open thinker and communicator who is very adaptable and responsive.’”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Michael Moran

Ranked for Construction (Texas – Band 3)
Chambers says: “Clients say that Michael Moran of Jackson Walker LLP ‘is a great negotiator and is about as detailed as you can get, and he works really well with opposite parties.’ He concentrates his practice on construction litigation. His client roster includes owners, developers and contractors.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Edgar “Jed” Morrison

Ranked for Healthcare (Texas – Band 3)
Chambers says: “Clients praise Edgar Morrison for his ‘extensive case law knowledge and exceptional service.’ He is an experienced adviser on transactional, corporate and regulatory issues within the healthcare industry for care providers and hospitals.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Mike Nasi

Ranked for Environment (Texas – Band 2)
Chambers says: “Michael Nasi represents clients in the natural resources, energy and metals industries on Clean Air Act matters. He has represented clients before both state and federal agencies and is praised by sources as ‘an excellent communicator and strong advocate.’”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Cynthia Brotman Nelson

Ranked for Leisure & Hospitality (Nationwide – Band 4)
Chambers says: “Cynthia Nelson is experienced in handling real estate and financial transactions for clients such as REITs, hotel owners, and opportunity funds. Clients praise her understanding of ‘the business side of things as well as the technical side.’”
[From Chambers 2017]

Kurt Nondorf

Ranked for Real Estate (Texas – Band 1)
Chambers says: “Kurt Nondorf is particularly adept at working with institutional clients on transactions such as acquisitions, financings and leasings. Sources say he is ‘very commercial and customer-oriented,’ adding: ‘He is very efficient and very practical.’”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Bob Ruckman

Ranked for Transportation: Aviation: Litigation (Nationwide – Band 3)
Chambers says: “Robert Ruckman of Jackson Walker LLP is a talented attorney who is noted for his capabilities in air carrier and product liability litigation. He regularly works with airlines, manufacturers and insurers.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Bruce Ruzinsky

Ranked for Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Texas – Band 4)
Chambers says: “Bruce Ruzinsky works on bankruptcy proceedings, often on behalf of clients in the energy, real estate, shipping and retail sectors. Peers say he is ‘incredibly smart and always well prepared.’”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Ken Stohner

Ranked for Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Texas – Band 4)
Chambers says: “Ken Stohner has over 35 years of experience in workouts, bankruptcy and related litigation. His sector expertise covers manufacturing, healthcare and technology.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Tim Taylor

Ranked for Real Estate (Texas – Band 4)
Chambers says: “Timothy Taylor is a ‘fantastic’ attorney and ‘one of the best real estate lawyers I have ever worked with,’ says one client. He focuses on real estate and lending transactions.” [From Chambers USA 2018]

Daniel Vineyard

Ranked for Environment (Texas – Band 4)
Chambers says: “Daniel Vineyard is praised by clients for his ‘broad and deep knowledge of the law and his communication skill, both in building consensus within multicompany groups and in coming to agreement with regulatory agencies.’ He assists clients with contentious and noncontentious contamination issues, including environmental audits and Superfunds advice.”
[From Chambers USA 2018]

Jerry Webberman

“Recognized Practitioner” in Environment (Texas)
[From Chambers USA 2018]