October 2, 2008 / Press Release

Porter Wright Naples 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. Four of those lawyers practice in the firm's Naples office: W. Jeffrey Cecil, Mary Beth M. Clary, William H. Myers, and Robert J. Stommel. In addition, the firm's Corporate Law and Securities Law practices were ranked #1 in Naples by Best Lawyers.

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.

Jeff Cecil, Partner-in-Charge of Porter Wright's Naples office, was recognized in the area of Real Estate Law. Mr. Cecil has experience in the areas of real estate, business, and probate and trust law with an emphasis in real estate acquisition and development and real estate financing.

Mary Beth Clary, recognized in the areas of Corporate Law and Securities Law, concentrates her practice in the areas of federal securities law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and small business issues. She has experience with corporate governance matters, public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, compliance with the reporting and proxy requirements of the federal securities laws, the acquisition and sale of businesses and general contract preparation and negotiation.

Bill Myers was named a Best Lawyer in the area of Trusts and Estates. Mr. Myers works with clients to implement financial legacies, minimize adverse tax consequences and structure trusts to provide for both current and future family needs. He also helps clients develop charitable giving plans.

Bob Stommel, Best Lawyer-ranked in the area of Trusts and Estates, has more than 16 years of experience in estate planning, trust and estate administration, fiduciary duties, and post-mortem estate planning.