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The Best Lawyers in America® Recognizes Nine Smith Duggan Partners; Two Attorneys Selected as Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch

Best Lawyers®, the highly regarded peer-review guide for the legal profession, has just released the 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Once again, numerous Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo partners were included in these prestigious rankings.

Barbara H. Buell was chosen for her expertise in healthcare law and for her success in defending medical malpractice cases. Gerard A. Butler Jr. was featured for his record in commercial litigation. For the tenth consecutive year, founding partner Christopher A. Duggan was recognized for his professional excellence in three critical areas of trial practice: commercial litigation, insurance litigation, and product liability litigation defense.

David M. Governo was selected for his successful representation of defendants in mass tort litigation and class actions. He was also recognized for defending product liability and personal injury lawsuits.

Paul Alan Rufo was cited for his skill in real estate law. For the seventh consecutive year, Andrew P. Stempler was also recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®for real estate law.

Mathew J. Walko was selected for his accomplishments in insurance law, while Kenneth M. Wright was acknowledged for his expertise in family law and litigation - trusts and estates. Finally, H. Reed Witherby was recognized for his skill in the area of appellate practice.

The Best Lawyers in America® also lists attorneys who have demonstrated professional excellence early in their careers in a special category titled, “Ones to Watch.” Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo partner Vincent N. DePalo was selected for product liability litigation – defendants, personal injury litigation – defendants, commercial litigation, and mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants. James E. Clancy IV was recognized for trusts and estates. Both have been included in Best Lawyers® - Ones to Watch for three consecutive years.

The Best Lawyers in America® is considered one of the leading peer-reviewed resources for selecting the best legal talent worldwide. The publication highlights only the top six percent of private practicing attorneys in the United States. “Ones to Watch” is based entirely on peer review and employs the same methodology that has made Best Lawyers® the gold standard for legal rankings.