CHICAGO - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is pleased to announce that 50 of its attorneys have been named by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2009 guide.  Nine of the firm’s attorneys are ranked for the first time in 2009, while eight have been ranked for at least 20 years and another nine have been listed for at least 10 years.  In addition, Best Lawyers ranked the firm number one for Derivatives Law and Municipal Law in both Illinois and Chicago.  In 2008, 46 of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion in the guide.  

Launched in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 25,000 leading attorneys cast almost two million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties.  Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Listed attorneys from the Chicago office are: Sheldon I. Banoff (Tax), Gregory K. Brown (Employee Benefits), David J. Bryant (Real Estate), Michael R. Callahan (Health Care), Kevin M. Foley (Derivatives), Lewis Greenbaum (Municipal), Arthur W. Hahn (Corporate and Derivatives), Michael O. Hartz (Trusts & Estates), Ted Helwig (White Collar Criminal Defense), Janet Goelz Hoffman (Public Finance), Gary W. Howell (Employee Benefits), Kenneth M. Jacobson (Real Estate), Reid A. Mandel (Structured Finance), Kenneth W. Miller (Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity, and Mergers & Acquisitions), Allan B. Muchin (Corporate), Keith D. Pascus (Real Estate), Gerald M. Penner (Corporate), Gregory P.L. Pierce (Real Estate), Howard M. Richard (Real Estate), Kenneth M. Rosenzweig (Derivatives), Stuart P. Shulruff (Banking), Mark C. Simon (Real Estate), Andrew D. Small (Real Estate), Marcia W. Sullivan (Real Estate), James D. Van De Graaff (Derivatives and Private Funds), Herbert S. Wander (Corporate Governance & Compliance, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities), Walter S. Weinberg (Corporate, and Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity), Neal L. Wolf (Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights) and Sheldon T. Zenner (White Collar Criminal Defense). 

From the New York office: Mal L. Barasch (Trusts & Estates), Ronni G. Davidowitz (Trusts & Estates), Peter F. Nadel (Health Care), William Natbony (Private Funds), Edward J. Rayner (Employee Benefits), Joshua S. Rubenstein (Trusts & Estates), Donald H. Siskind (Real Estate), and Robert E. Smith (Commercial Litigation).

From the Los Angeles office: Steve Cochran (White Collar Criminal Defense), Susan A. Grode (Entertainment Law), Carol A. Johnston (Trusts & Estates), Thomas J. Leanse (Real Estate), Bruce G. Vanyo (Commercial Litigation) and Benzion J. Westreich (Real Estate).

From the Washington office: Wendy L. Fields (Real Estate) and S. Scott Morrison (Real Estate).

From the Charlotte office: Hayden Harrell (Real Estate), Fred A. Hicks (Family), Daniel S. Huffenus (Real Estate) and Carlton A. Shannon, Jr. (Real Estate).