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Monday, October 24, 2011

Five Attorneys Recognized for Best Lawyers 2012

Fowler White Burnett, P.A., one of Florida’s oldest full-service law firms, congratulates five of their attorneys who have been recognized by Best Lawyers in their practice area for 2012.

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has recognized the following Fowler White Burnett attorneys for 2012:

Allan R. Kelley has been named as “Miami Best Lawyers Admiralty & Maritime Law Lawyer of the Year”. He focuses his practice on maritime law, regularly representing all areas of the marine industry, including major cargo carriers, cruise lines, commercial vessel owners, operators and charterers, shippers, consignees, marina operators, terminal operators, related marine interests and their insurers, in both transactions and litigation matters.

James N. Hurley is recognized as a Best Lawyer in the area of Admiralty & Maritime Law and Transportation Law.  He focuses his practice on maritime law and handles both transactional and litigation matters. Jim’s transactional work encompasses the purchase and sale of vessels, financing and vessel registration.

James D. Dechurch is recognized as Best Lawyer in the area of Medical Malpractice Law – Defense.  He focuses his civil litigation practice on claims involving catastrophic injury. He represents companies and major insurance carriers against a wide variety of claims, including professional liability, personal injury, wrongful death and products liability.

Henry Burnett is recognized as a Best Lawyer in the area of Personal Injury Litigation: Defense. With a career that has spanned nearly 60 years, Mr. Burnett, shareholder and founding partner of Fowler White Burnett, has devoted his litigation practice to insurance defense, with a specific emphasis on medical malpractice. For many years, he served as lead counsel to a major South Florida medical school. Today, he continues to advise the Medical Malpractice Group on legal issues surrounding active cases for the same medical school.

Christopher E. Knight is recognized as a Best Lawyer in the area of Personal Injury Litigation: Defense. Mr. Knight represents Fortune 500 companies, major insurance carriers, several airlines and manufacturers in state and federal courts. He has served as lead counsel in the defense of multi-district and class action litigation involving product liability, insurance and attorney general investigations.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” 

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. 

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

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