October 2, 2008 / Press Release

Porter Wright Dayton Partners and Practice Areas 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. Seven of those lawyers practice in the firm's Dayton office: William G. Deas, Marc L. Fleischauer, Paul G. Hallinan, Thomas A. Holton, C. Terry Johnson, Charles Y. Kidwell, and Walter Reynolds. In addition, Porter Wright's Dayton office was ranked #1 in the city by Best Lawyers in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Non-Profit/Charities Law.

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.

Bill Deas was recognized in the area of Real Estate Law, where 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' experience also includes three years serving as in-house counsel for a national restaurant chain that owned and leased restaurants throughout the United States. Mr. Deas has been listed in Best Lawyers for 10 years.

Marc Fleischauer was selected as a Best Lawyer in Labor and Employment Law. Mr. Fleischauer advocates for employers in wrongful discharge and discrimination litigation, labor arbitrations, and before administrative agencies. He has diverse litigation experience and has defended claims brought under state and federal discrimination laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, unfair competition law, and traditional labor law. He works proactively to provide human resources advice and preventative maintenance for the firm's employer clients. He is admitted to practice in Ohio and Florida.

Paul Hallinan achieved his Best Lawyer ranking in the area of Commercial 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.

Tom Holton was recognized in the area of Corporate Law, where his experience includes representing medium-sized, closely held businesses. Mr. Holton helps businesses with sales and acquisitions, succession planning and labor negotiations and arbitrations, among other things. Mr. Holton has been listed in Best Lawyers for 10 years.

Terry Johnson, a Best Lawyers-ranked attorney since 1987, has been recognized for his work in Trusts and Estates. Mr. Johnson focuses his practice on 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.

Chas Kidwell has been recognized in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Non-Profit/Charities Law. Mr. Kidwell counsels for-profit and not-for-profit business clients on general corporate matters, including corporate governance and contracts. His transaction experience includes buying and selling businesses, mergers and acquisitions, security offerings, debt and equity offerings, and debt and equity financing.

Walter Reynolds, Partner-in-Charge of Porter Wright's Dayton office, has been Best Lawyer-ranked in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law. 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.