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In all, 60 Baker & Daniels lawyers – 11 more than last year – representing four Indiana locations were recognized in 79 practice areas. Baker & Daniels had the most lawyers listed among Indiana firms in 13 practices, including banking, biotechnology, commercial litigation, corporate, land use and zoning, nonprofit and venture capital law. Fifteen Baker & Daniels attorneys were named Best Lawyers in more than one practice, and 16 lawyers have been named to the list in at least 10 years.
Among the 48 lawyers from Baker & Daniels' Indianapolis offices on the list are James A. Aschleman and James M. Carr, who have been recognized for at least 20 years. Chosen for at least 10 years are Donald P. Bennett, Francina A. Dlouhy, Robert W. Elzer, Theodore J. Esping, Jay Jaffe, John T. Neighbours, John W. Purcell, Christopher G. Scanlon, Fred E. Schlegel and David C. Worrell.
Other Baker & Daniels lawyers from Indianapolis offices on the list are Terrill D. Albright, Ben W. Blanton, Daniel L. Boeglin, J. Jeffrey Brown, Brian K. Burke, H. Patrick Callahan, Stephen A. Claffey, Mary Beth Claus, Patrick S. Cross, Miriam S. Dant, Thomas C. Froehle, John A. Gardner, Ronald D. Gifford, David A. Given, James H. Ham, David K. Herzog, Jennett M. Hill, Jerry R. Jenkins, David L. Johnson, Tibor D. Klopfer, Scott M. Kosnoff, Jon Laramore, Mary Katherine Lisher, Joseph E. Miller, Stephen H. Paul, Hudnall A. Pfeiffer, Rebecca A. Richardson, Joseph M. Scimia, Gayle L. Skolnik, Andrew Z. Soshnick, Robert K. Stanley, John Joseph Tanner, Nancy G. Tinsley, Gregory J. Utken, Robert S. Wynne and Joseph H. Yeager Jr.
Among the 10 lawyers from Baker & Daniels' Fort Wayne office on the list are David W. Miller and Thomas M. Shoaff, who have been honored for at least 20 years. John F. Hoffman and N. Reed Silliman have been chosen for at least 10 years. Other Fort Wayne lawyers on the list are John R. Burns, Steven H. Hazelrigg, David P. Irmscher, Steven L. Jackson, Joseph W. Kimmell and Michael J. Nader.
In Baker & Daniels' South Bend office, Thomas J. Brunner and Richard L. Hill were named to the list.
The 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® – a copyright of Woodward White Inc. of Aiken, S.C. – is published in late fall.
Founded in 1863, Baker & Daniels LLP is one of Indiana's largest law firms. With more than 350 lawyers and affiliated company professionals, Baker & Daniels serves clients in regional, national and international business and litigation matters from offices in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Elkhart, Ind.; Washington, D.C.; and China. For more information about Baker & Daniels, visit www.bakerdaniels.com.