January 7, 2009 / Press Release

Porter Wright Dayton Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® 2009

Fifty-four Porter Wright attorneys working in 22 primary practice areas were recently selected by their peers and through the independent research of the publishers of Law & Politics and Cincinnati Magazine for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2009. Five of those attorneys reside in the firm's Dayton office: William G. Deas, Paul G. Hallinan, C. Terry Johnson, Jeffrey W. Morris, and Walter Reynolds.

Super Lawyers comprise the top five percent of lawyers in each state based on verdicts and settlements, transactions, representative clients, experience, honors and awards, special licenses and certifications, position within law firm, bar and other professional activity, pro bono and community service, scholarly lectures and writings, education and employment background, and other outstanding achievements.

Bill Deas's primary practice area is Real Estate. He has experience representing banks, insurance companies, real estate owners, and developers with loan documentation, foreclosures and workouts, land acquisition and development, commercial leasing, zoning, title/survey issues, and easements and rights-of-way. Mr. Deas's experience also includes three years serving as in-house counsel for a national restaurant chain that owned and leased restaurants throughout the United States.

Paul Hallinan's primary practice area is Intellectual Property Litigation. He represents clients in a range of industries in complex litigation in state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings across the country. Mr. Hallinan's experience extends to intellectual property, unfair trade practices, antitrust, construction, employment, and contract litigation, among other areas of business litigation.

C. Terry Johnson's primary practice area is Estate Planning & Probate. Mr. Johnson limits his practice to estate planning, including multi-state and international cases; and the administration of numerous estates, including those of investors, authors, owners of closely held businesses, and professionals. He also provides probate litigation representation and frequently serves as special counsel and expert witness in probate matters, including attorney malpractice cases.

Jeff Morris's primary practice area is Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights. He has considerable experience representing various clients in bankruptcy and commercial law matters and has appeared on several occasions before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. He has also served as the Reporter to the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules. Mr. Morris is coauthor of three books and numerous articles on bankruptcy and commercial law and holds the Samuel McCray Chair of Law at the University of Dayton.

Walter Reynolds, Partner-in-Charge of the firm's Dayton office, practices in the area of Business Litigation. Mr. Reynolds' practice includes representing brokerage firms, banks, insurance companies, savings and loan associations and other financial institutions. He has also handled many construction disputes representing owners, contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers.