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OCTOBER 5, 2011 – Eleven attorneys from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP have been named 2012 "Lawyers of The Year" based on surveys conducted by the respected peer-review publication Best Lawyers.

"We are delighted to have so many members of our team recognized for their outstanding work," said Dave Baca, managing partner of Davis Wright Tremaine LLC.

"The lawyers being honored as ‘Lawyers of the Year' have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity," according to Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers.

The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is compiled from more than 3.9 million detailed, confidential evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Based on those surveys, Best Lawyers has designated a single "Lawyer of the Year" in each of several high-profile specialties in major legal markets. One attorney is given the honor in each practice, in each market.

The DWT attorneys included in the list of 2012 "Lawyers of the Year" are:

  • Keith Allred – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year, Seattle
  • Carol J. Bernick – Litigation - Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year, Portland, Ore.
  • Richard (Rich) Birmingham – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year, Seattle
  • Robert G. Homchick – Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year, Seattle
  • Bruce E. H. Johnson – First Amendment Law Lawyer of the Year, Seattle
  • Craig Miller – Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year, Seattle
  • Marcia B. Paul – Media Law Lawyer of the Year, New York, N.Y.
  • Daniel M. Waggoner – Communications Law Lawyer of the Year, Seattle
  • Joseph D. (Joe) Weinstein – Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year, Seattle
  • Alonzo Wickers IV – Litigation - First Amendment Lawyer of the Year, Los Angeles
  • LaVerne Woods –Tax Law Lawyer of the Year, Seattle

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