November 2, 2010 / Press Release

John B. Rohyans Named Real Estate Lawyer of the Year for 2011

Best Lawyers has named Porter Wright partner John B. Rohyans as the “Columbus, OH Best Lawyers Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” for 2011.

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.”

According to Best Lawyers, Rohyans was chosen based on his particularly high ratings in Best Lawyers' surveys by earning a high level of respect among his peers for his abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Rohyans has worked in the areas of real estate development and real estate finance since he arrived at Porter Wright in 1969. During his first 20 years with the firm, he worked principally with developers such as Red Roof Inns and Bob Evans Farms in the acquisition, financing and development of sites throughout the country. The emphasis of his practice over the past 15 to 20 years has expanded to include real estate finance with clients such as Nationwide Life Insurance Company and State Farm Life Insurance Company. Rohyans is the former Practice Group Leader of the firm's Real Estate Department.

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, 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2011) is based on more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

“We continue to believe — as we have believed for more than 25 years — that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession,” says Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers.