October 15, 2013 / Press Release

Best Lawyers honors nine Porter Wright attorneys as 'Lawyer of the year'

Nine Porter Wright partners have been named to Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” for 2014. The firm is pleased to announce:

Daniel R. Conway
Best Lawyers’ 2014 Columbus Communications Law "Lawyer of the Year"
In addition to his focus in the energy sector, Dan represents telecomm industry companies, including a Regional Bell Operating Company, in complaint cases, rulemakings and arbitrations, as well as regulatory proceedings before the PUCO, appeals of PUCO decisions to the Ohio Supreme Court and in federal court litigation.

William G. Deas
Best Lawyers’ 2014 Dayton Litigation - Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year"
Bill has considerable experience representing banks, insurance companies, real estate owners and developers. His experience includes three years as in-house counsel for a national restaurant chain that owned and leased restaurants throughout the United States.

Timothy E. Grady
Best Lawyers’ 2014 Columbus Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
Tim chairs the firm’s Banking and Finance Practice Group and has extensive experience in financing matters. He represents administrative agents, lenders and corporate borrowers in syndicated, large corporate, commercial and industrial, asset-based and middle-market credit extensions, loan restructuring, leveraged and acquisition financings, ESOP credit facilities, recapitalizations, and multi-state and cross-border financing.

Melanie R. Martin-Jones
Best Lawyers’ 2014 Columbus Copyright Law "Lawyer of the Year"
Melanie’s practice includes domestic and foreign protection and transfer of intellectual property. She assists clients in the protection of copyrights, trademarks and patents, and provides advice regarding validity, infringement and licensing matters. She is active in the International Trademark Association, where she helped to create that organization’s Examination Guidelines and Country Portal, each of which provide trademark practitioners with filing and prosecution information for countries all over the world.

Alvin J. McKenna
Best Lawyers’ 2014 Columbus Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year"
Al has focused his distinguished legal career in trial and appellate litigation, with the majority of that work involving matters in the federal judicial system and labor and employment matters. His litigation work has included matters related to labor and employment issues, federal and state government regulation, constitutional issues, antitrust, fraud, commercial controversies and general litigation cases. Al has been listed 25 consecutive years in The Best Lawyers in America®, has been listed in Ohio Super Lawyers® since it was first published, and has been recognized as a "Client Service All-Star" as a result of a survey by BTI Consulting Group.

Terrance M. Miller
Best Lawyers’ 2014 Columbus Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
Terry has more than 35 years of experience at both the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. His practice spans a range of cases from complex commercial disputes to professional negligence claims; from intentional tort allegations against employers to product liability lawsuits involving a wide spectrum of different products.

H. Grant Stephenson
Best Lawyers’ 2014 Columbus Equipment Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
Grant practices banking, securities and commercial law, and he has considerable experience in the law and regulation of financial institutions. Grant also works on corporate governance issues, financial institution mergers and acquisitions, technology contracts, payment system matters, and complex financing transactions for borrowers and lenders such as mortgage warehousing and asset sale and leasebacks.

Kathleen M. Trafford
Best Lawyers’ 2014 Columbus Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) "Lawyer of the Year"
Kathleen, chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice, advises clients in regulatory litigation and constitutional law. She represents private parties in disputes with governmental agencies and serves as special counsel to a number of state and local governmental agencies. She handles cases involving constitutional challenges to state and local laws or orders, First Amendment claims, rate making and price discrimination, licensing disputes, trademarks, professional ethics, public records, injunctions and special writs in the Ohio Supreme Court.

Robert W. Trafford
Best Lawyers’ 2014 Columbus Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions "Lawyer of the Year"
In addition to serving as the firm’s Managing Partner, Buzz concentrates his practice in the area of complex business litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels, including securities fraud, director and officer liability and other corporate governance matters, attorney and accountant liability, trade secrets and consumer class actions.

Attorneys honored as “Lawyer of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in Best Lawyers' surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity. Only a single attorney in each specialty in each community is being honored as “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, 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2014), is based on more than 5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.