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Best Lawyers in America© Recognizes 24 RumbergerKirk Attorneys with Managing Partner Frank Sheppard Named Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers in America© Recognizes 24 RumbergerKirk Attorneys with Managing Partner Frank Sheppard Named Lawyer of the Year

ORLANDO, FL – August 17, 2023 – Best Lawyers has selected 24 RumbergerKirk attorneys for inclusion in the 2024 listing of The Best Lawyers in America© and have also named Frank Sheppard, RumbergerKirk Managing Partner, Lawyer of the Year, an honor received by only one attorney for each specialty and location. In addition, two RumbergerKirk attorneys have been named “Ones to Watch” which recognizes outstanding professional excellence for lawyers who have been in private practice for less than 10 years in the United States.

The Best Lawyers list is based on a peer-review process in which thousands of leading attorneys confidentially evaluate the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice area. Individuals honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” have received particularly high ratings for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

The RumbergerKirk attorneys selected for inclusion highlight the firm’s civil litigation and transactional practices and include (with specialty):


  • Robert H. Adams: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Craig A. Alexander:  Litigation-Labor and Employment; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • J. Michael Rediker:  Commercial Litigation; Litigation –Securities; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs; Securities Regulation
  • E. Berton Spence: Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Transactions/UCC Law


  • H. Jacey Kaps: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Scott Sarason: Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants


  • Lori J. Caldwell: Insurance Law
  • Brett Carey: Insurance Law; Commercial Litigation
  • Ernest (Skip) H. Eubanks:  Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Darryl L. Gavin:  Insurance Law
  • Daniel J. Gerber:  Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Suzanne Barto Hill: Commercial Litigation
  • W.L. (Bud) Kirk: Personal Injury Litigation –Defendants
  • David B. Shelton:  Insurance Law
  • Francis H. Sheppard:  Professional Malpractice Law- Defendants, Lawyer of the Year 2024
  • Larry D. Smith: Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
  • Jennifer Smith Thomas: Commercial Litigation
  • David Willis: Commercial Litigation; Construction Law


  • Leonard J. Dietzen III: Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment
  • Richard A. Greenberg: Criminal Defense: General Practice


  • Robert L. Blank: Personal Injury Litigation –  Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; Litigation – Insurance
  • Michael L. Forte: Litigation-Insurance

Ones to Watch

  • Jeffrey Grosholz: Litigation – Labor and Employment; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
  • Kayla E. Platt Rady: Labor and Employment Law – Management; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

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