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10.22.2010 Best Lawyers’ names Five Williams Mullen Attorneys as Best Lawyers’ 2011 Lawyers of the Year Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” 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. The following Williams Mullen lawyers have been named Best Lawyers’ 2011 Lawyers of the Year:

Ralph L. Axselle, Jr. has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2011 Richmond Government Relations Lawyer of the Year.
Patrick C. Devine, Jr. has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2011 Norfolk Health Care Lawyer of the Year.
Thomas R. Frantz has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2011 Norfolk Area Corporate Lawyer of the Year.
William R. Mauck, Jr. has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2011 Richmond Construction Lawyer of the Year.
John M. Mercer has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2011 Richmond Real Estate Lawyer of the Year.

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2011) is based on more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Steven Naifeh, president of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession.”
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