Troutman Pepper Attorneys Claim Top Spots in 2023 Best Lawyers Rankings

Aug 22 2022

Firm Leads Nation in Number of Attorneys Recognized for Consumer Law

NEW YORKThe Best Lawyers in America® — the oldest peer review publication in the legal profession — has recognized 244 Troutman Pepper attorneys as Best Lawyers in America in 364 areas in its 2023 edition. In addition, Best Lawyers® honored 22 Troutman Pepper partners as “Lawyers of the Year” in 26 areas, a distinction held by very few practicing attorneys nationwide, with only one lawyer recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.

Troutman Pepper earned multiple “Top-Listed” awards, with more recognized lawyers than any other firm in the following areas and locations: Consumer Law (Nationwide and Virginia), Energy Law (Georgia and Atlanta), Energy Regulatory Law (Georgia and Atlanta), Environmental Law (Georgia and Atlanta), Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (Philadelphia), and Securities / Capital Markets Law (Virginia and Richmond).

The firm also has 137 attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America® in 203 areas. This designation spotlights extraordinary attorneys who have been in private practice for less than 10 years.

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Attorneys must be nominated for consideration and then voted on and recommended by their peers for inclusion. Those recognized must also be in good standing with their local bar associations. Only the top 5.3% of all practicing lawyers in the U.S. were named in the 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Troutman Pepper’s full list of recognized attorneys can be found here.

Lawyers of the Year


Eric A. Koontz: Energy Law
James W. Stevens: Financial Services Regulation Law
William N. Withrow Jr.: Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions
Michael Drew Wooldridge: Energy Regulation Law


Peter N. Villar: Litigation – Securities


Barry M. Abelson: Securities / Capital Markets Law
Michael E. Baughman: Litigation – First Amendment
Thomas M. Gallagher: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
David M. Kaplan: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Paul J. Kennedy: Copyright Law
Kelly Tillery: Litigation – Intellectual Property Law


Eric D. Kline: Banking and Finance Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law


Lynda M. Crouse: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Christopher J. Forstner: Patent Law
John Owen Gwathmey: Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
Brooks M. Smith: Administrative / Regulatory Law; Water Law
Chris Vinyard: Banking and Finance Law


Michael L. Goldman: Litigation – Intellectual Property
Andrew P. Zappia: Litigation – Patent

San Francisco

Jennifer Mathis: Insurance Law

Virginia Beach

John C. Lynch: Litigation – Banking and Finance
John M. Ramirez: Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

About Troutman Pepper
Troutman Pepper is a national law firm with more than 1,200 attorneys strategically located in 23 U.S. cities. The firm’s litigation, transactional, and regulatory practices advise a diverse client base, from startups to multinational enterprises. The firm provides sophisticated legal solutions to clients’ most pressing business challenges, with depth across industry sectors, including energy, financial services, health sciences, insurance, and private equity, among others. Learn more at

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