AUGUST 17, 2015 – Twelve DWT attorneys have been named 2016 "Lawyers of The Year" based on surveys conducted by the respected peer-review publication Best Lawyers.

The current, 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2016) is compiled from detailed, confidential evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Based on those surveys, Best Lawyers designates 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 full list of DWT "Lawyers of the Year" is below:

Name  Practice Area  City 
Ingrid Brydolf Health Care Law  Portland 
Cindy L. Caditz Trademark Law Seattle
Stuart R. Dunwoody Copyright Law Seattle
Laura R. Handman Litigation - First Amendment Washington, D.C.
Judith Droz Keyes Litigation - Labor and Employment San Francisco
Elizabeth A. McNamara Copyright Law New York
Ragan L. Powers Litigation - Bankruptcy Seattle
Kelli L. Sager Media Law Los Angeles
Eric M. Stahl First Amendment Law Seattle
Joseph M. VanLeuven Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency
and Reorganization Law
Joseph D. Weinstein Closely Held Companies and
Family Businesses Law 
James E. Wreggelsworth Tax Law Seattle

Several of these lawyers are repeat honorees:

  • Sager was previously named Los Angeles "Lawyer of the Year" in First Amendment Law (2014, 2011) and Media Law (2013).
  • Handman was named D.C. "Lawyer of the Year" in First Amendment Law (2015), Media Law (2015), and First Amendment Litigation (2014).
  • Dunwoody was named Seattle "Lawyer of the Year" in IP Litigation (2014).
  • McNamara was named New York City "Lawyer of the Year" in Media Law (2013).
  • Weinstein was named Seattle "Lawyer of the Year" in M&A Law (2012).

Firmwide, 151 Davis Wright Tremaine lawyers across eight offices and 60 practice areas were included in the 2016 Best Lawyers list.

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