June 12, 2009

Faegre & Benson Receives Top Chambers Rankings, National Franchise Practice Moves Up

For the second consecutive year, three Faegre & Benson LLP practice areas—franchising, Native American law, and privacy and data security—received nationwide rankings in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Making a jump to band 2 in this year's guide, the firm's franchise practice is now counted among the country's most elite providers of legal services to franchisors in a range of industries.

In addition, Faegre & Benson is the only Minnesota firm to achieve the guide's highest recognition in five legal categories: construction, corporate/M&A, labor & employment, litigation and real estate. In Colorado, the firm ranked in the top tier for corporate/M&A, environment, intellectual property and real estate: construction.

Based on strong recommendations from the market, a total of 51 Faegre & Benson lawyers were included in the referral guide. The lawyers and their respective practices are:


  • Scott A. Anderegg, Real Estate
  • Catharine Boschee, Privacy and Data Security (National)
  • Kerry Bundy, Franchising (National)
  • William R. Busch, Corporate/M&A
  • Angela M. Christy, Real Estate
  • Delmar R. Ehrich, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Bruce M. Engler, Corporate/M&A
  • Charles S. Ferrell, Real Estate
  • Philip S. Garon, Corporate/M&A
  • David J.F. Gross, Litigation: IP
  • John H. Herman, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
  • Andrew G. Humphrey, Corporate/M&A
  • William R. Joyce, Construction
  • Randall E. Kahnke, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Steven C. Kennedy, Corporate/M&A
  • William L. Killion, Franchising
  • Charles F. Knapp, Labor & Employment
  • Kenneth A. Liebman, Litigation: IP
  • Thomas M. Mayerle, Real Estate
  • Kathlyn E. Noecker, Labor & Employment
  • Patrick J. O'Connor, Construction
  • James O'Neal, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Brian B. O'Neill, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Kent E. Richey, Native American Law
  • Rebecca L. Rom, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
  • Brian B. Schnell, Franchising (National and Global)
  • Robert L. Schnell, Litigation: General Commercial 
  • Amy C. Seidel, Corporate/M&A
  • W Smith "Kris" Sharpe, Corporate/M&A
  • Jerry W. Snider, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Michael A. Stanchfield, Corporate/M&A
  • Mary E. Stumo, Labor & Employment
  • James L. Volling, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Charles F. Webber, Litigation: General Commercial
  • John R. Wheaton, Real Estate
  • Daniel G. Wilczek, Labor & Employment
  • Wendy J. Wildung, Litigation: General Commercial


  • J. David Arkell, Real Estate: Construction
  • Jeffrey A. Brimer, Franchising (National)
  • Charles D. Calvin, Real Estate: Hotels & Leisure
  • James H. Carroll, Corporate/M&A 
  • Diane B. Davies, Real Estate  
  • Leslie A. Fields, Real Estate
  • Natalie Hanlon-Leh, Intellectual Property
  • Elizabeth A. MacDonald, Labor & Employment
  • Michael S. McCarthy, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Linda L. Rockwood, Environment
  • James R. Spaanstra, Environment
  • Douglas R. Wright, Corporate/M&A

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business is an annual guide ranking attorneys and law firms based on in-depth research and interviews with clients, attorneys and corporate counsel.

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