United States: 2004 Chambers’ Guide Cites 39 "Leading Lawyers for Business"
Last Updated: April 30 2004

Firm dominates in the field of real estate

New York, April 23, 2004. Piper Rudnick LLP and 39 of the firm’s lawyers are ranked by their peers as leaders in their fields in the second annual Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2004). The guide was released in New York on April 16, 2004.
The selections were based on research conducted by Chambers and Partners Legal Publishers, a well-regarded English company that has published similar research on lawyers in the United Kingdom and globally. Unlike other publishers that allow firms to purchase a mention or ranking, Chambers’ listings are based solely on outside evaluations of merit. They investigate law firms and lawyers in each U.S. state through an exhaustive process of interviewing clients and competitors in all major areas of business law.

In the areas of real estate, construction and zoning in particular, the results show, the firm has the top national position, with 19 ranked lawyers selected by Chambers, seven of whom were ranked in the highest tier in their markets, and four states where the real estate practice was ranked in the top tier, more than any other firm. In addition, only two real estate lawyers in the entire country received the starred "exceptional" rating, one of whom was Piper Rudnick’s Jay Epstien, Chairman of the firm’s National Real Estate Department. Finally, our partner, Charles Edwards, was named one of ten "Senior Statesmen" nationally in the real estate field.

Other areas of strength include:

  • the Maryland practices, where we ranked in the first tier in every category;
  • corporate, where our partner Robert W. Smith, Jr., received an "Exceptional" rating; and
  • our Illinois office, where 12 lawyers received rankings in five separate practice areas.

Further details of the rankings are provided below.

"We are delighted with this strong showing," said Francis B. Burch, Jr., and Lee I. Miller, co-chairs of Piper Rudnick in a statement. "The number of lawyers and spread of practice areas ranked by Chambers illustrate the depth and breadth of talent at our firm across the nation. And the outstanding showing of our real estate group confirms that Piper Rudnick has the premier real estate group in theUnited States."

Details of the rankings

The Chambers USA guide ranks individual lawyers and practice areas on a state-by-state basis; firm rankings are determined by the number of individual lawyers selected from each firm.

Practice Areas

Across six states, the firm is highly ranked in nine separate practice areas and in the first tier in several areas, as noted:

  • District of Columbia: Construction; Real Estate (First Tier).
  • Illinois: Construction; Energy and Natural Resources; Bankruptcy; Insurance; Real Estate (First Tier).
  • Maryland: Corporate/M&A (First Tier); Employment (First Tier); Litigation (First Tier); Real Estate (First Tier).
  • Massachusetts: Environmental; Real Estate (First Tier).
  • Nevada : Employment.
  • Virginia : Corporate/M&A; Employment.

Individual Lawyers
The 39 Piper Rudnick lawyers included are listed below, along with the areas of law for which they were selected. In addition to their selections, several received additional recognition from Chambers ("exceptional," "senior statesman," or "up and coming"), which is noted next to their names.


Michael Meyer (Real Estate)

District of Columbia

Jay A. Epstien (Real Estate – EXCEPTIONAL RATING)

Larry D. Harris (Construction)

Frederick L. Klein (Real Estate)

Earl J. Silbert (Litigation, white collar crime and government investigations)


Ross Altman (Construction)

Charles L. Edwards (Real Estate – SENIOR STATESMAN)

David Glickstein (Real Estate)

David Mendelsohn ((Insurance/Transactional)

Lee I. Miller (Real Estate)

David N. Missner (Bankruptcy)

Portia O. Morrison (Real Estate)

Theodore J. Novak (Real Estate/Zoning & Land Use)

Harold Pomerantz (Real Estate)

Stephen W. Schwab (Insurance/Reinsurance)

Christopher Townsend (Energy and Natural Resources)

Mark Yura (Real Estate)


Francis B. Burch, Jr. (Litigation, general commercial)

Neil Dilloff (Litigation, general commercial)

Russell H. Gardner (Employment)

Richard J. Hafets (Employment)

Edward J. Levin (Real Estate)

Richard E. Levine (Real Estate)

John P. Machen (Real Estate)

Robert J. Mathias (Litigation, general commercial)

Emmett F. McGee, Jr. (Employment)

George A. Nilson (Litigation, general commercial)

Robert W. "Jay" Smith, Jr. (Corporate, M&A – EXCEPTIONAL RATING)

Richard C. Tilghman, Jr. (Corporate, M&A)

James J. Winn (Corporate, M&A)


William Forbush III (Real Estate)

Lisa C. Goodheart (Environment)

Geoffrey Howell (Real Estate – UP AND COMING)

Richard D. Rudman (Real Estate)

John Sullivan (Real Estate)

Elliot M. Surkin (Real Estate)


Gary Moss (Employment)


Theresa Connolly (Employment, Mainly Defendant)

Nancy Spangler (Corporate, M&A)

Note: due to an editors’ error, Mr. Meyer is reported as having joined the firm in New York. In fact, he joined the firm’s Los Angeles office

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