October 2, 2008 / Press Release

Porter Wright Cleveland Partners Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®

Seventy-nine Porter Wright partners working in 30 different practice areas were recently selected by their peers for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America® 2009. Three of those lawyers practice in the firm's Cleveland office: Michael A. Ellis, Hugh E. McKay, and William R. Weir.

Best Lawyers — one of the oldest peer-review publications in the legal profession — identifies outstanding attorneys by conducting in-depth, confidential surveys of leading lawyers. Lawyers are neither required nor permitted to pay a fee to be included in Best Lawyers; as a result, recognition by Best Lawyers is a distinct honor conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

Michael Ellis has been Best Lawyer-ranked in the area of Corporate Law. Mr. Ellis focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions; public and private securities offerings; corporate governance and SEC disclosure obligations; proxy, executive compensation, and shareholders' communications matters; and defensive tender offer tactics. He also counsels clients, including start-up and emerging growth companies, in venture capital, equity and debt securities, and bank and tax-exempt financings.

Hugh McKay, Partner-in-Charge of Porter Wright's Cleveland office, was recognized in the area of Commercial Litigation. Mr. McKay, a past president of the Cleveland Bar Association, represents corporate clients and financial institutions in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts and has successfully represented several Fortune 500 companies in major litigation.

Bill Weir has been designated a Best Lawyer in the area of Real Estate Law. Mr. Weir represents banks, insurance companies, savings and loans, and other financial institutions in the areas of real estate lending. His areas of concentration are construction and permanent financing, CMBS loans, low income housing tax credit financings, historic tax credit financings, new market tax credit financings, and mezzanine and subordinate debt. He regularly represents lending institutions as lead counsel in multi-million dollar construction loans on projects located throughout the United States and represents financial institutions in real estate loan workouts and restructurings.