25 Hirschler Fleischer Lawyers Named to 2019 Best Lawyers®, 4 Named “Lawyers of the Year”

Richmond, Va., Aug. 15, 2018 – Hirschler Fleischer announces that 25 of its attorneys have been included among Best Lawyers in America for 2019, with three attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year” for their respective practice areas. As one of the oldest and most distinguished legal directories, Best Lawyers conducts peer-review surveys to compile its annual list of top attorneys across several practice areas. The 2019 edition of the publication is available at www.bestlawyers.com.

Selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in Richmond for their practice area are J. Benjamin English for Venture Capital Law, S. Brian Farmer for Information Technology Law and John R. Walk for Litigation – Trusts and Estates. Selected as “Lawyer of the Year” in Washington, D.C. is Stephen E. Leach for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is named as a “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.

The Hirschler Fleischer attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America guide and their respective locations and practice areas are:

Tysons, Va.

  • Lawrence A. Katz – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; and Litigation – Bankruptcy

  • Stephen E. Leach – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; and Litigation – Bankruptcy

  • Robert R. Vieth – Commercial Litigation; and Litigation – Real Estate

  • William L. Walsh, Jr. – Corporate Governance Law


Richmond, Va.

  • Paul H. Davenport – Real Estate Law

  • Thomas J. Dillon III – Commercial Litigation; Franchise Law; and Litigation – Labor and Employment

  • J. Benjamin English – Biotechnology Law; Corporate Governance Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Project Finance Law; and Venture Capital Law

  • S. Brian Farmer – Corporate Law; Information Technology Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; and Venture Capital Law

  • Mahlon G. Funk, Jr. – Family Law; Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs; and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

  • Laura Lee Garrett – Real Estate Law

  • Barry A. Hackney – Construction Law; and Litigation – Construction

  • Jacqueline C. Hedblom Family Law

  • Robert P. Henley – Litigation – Intellectual Property

  • John C. Ivins – Litigation – Real Estate

  • R. Webb Moore – Construction Law; and Litigation – Construction

  • Courtney Moates Paulk Construction Law

  • Charles H. Rothenberg – Land Use and Zoning Law

  • John W. Steele – Real Estate Law

  • Michael H. Terry – Real Estate Law

  • James W. Theobald – Land Use and Zoning Law; and Real Estate Law

  • Anita G. Vaughn – Elder Law; Tax Law; and Trusts and Estates

  • John R. Walk – Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; Litigation – Real Estate; and Litigation – Trusts and Estates

  • James L. Weinberg – Gaming Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; and Securities / Capital Markets Law

  • Robert Westermann – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

  • Charles F. Witthoefft – Arbitration; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; and Mediation


Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers in America has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because its research is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in the guide is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel, an ALM Publication, has called Best Lawyers in America “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Hirschler is a national-caliber law firm based in Virginia.  Invested in our clients and their success, our attorneys deliver smart solutions to important and often-complex legal issues. We are distinct in our deliberate service focus, partner involvement in client matters, and ability to deliver legal excellence and business efficiency.  For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.hf-law.com