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Fourteen Bulkley Richardson Attorneys Selected as ‘Best Lawyers’

SPRINGFIELD — Fourteen lawyers from Bulkley Richardson were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015. Bulkley Richardson had the most honorees of any law firm in Springfield, with 12 of its 14 selected lawyers based in its Springfield office.

Two of the firm’s honorees were also named Springfield “Lawyer of the Year” in specific practice areas. William Hart Jr. was so honored in the category of trusts and estates, and John Pucci for criminal defense, white-collar. He was also recognized in the area of criminal defense, non-white-collar. The following Bulkley Richardson lawyers were also selected for the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers:

• Peter Barry: construction law

• Michael Burke: medical-malpractice law (defendants); personal-injury litigation (defendants)

• Mark Cress: bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights; insolvency and reorganization law; corporate law

• Francis Dibble Jr.: bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; litigation (anti-trust, labor and employment, securities)

• Daniel Finnegan: administrative/regulatory law; litigation (construction)

• Robert Gelinas: personal-injury litigation (defendants)

• Kevin Maynard: commercial litigation; litigation (banking and finance, construction)

• David Parke: corporate law

• Melinda Phelps: medical-malpractice law (defendants); personal-injury litigation (defendants)

• Donn Randall: commercial litigation

• Ellen Randle: family law

• Ronald Weiss: corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; tax law

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence. Because it is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 52,000 leading attorneys cast almost 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, 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.”

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