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Chambers and Partners USA announced that Hirst Applegate, LLP has been awarded a Band 1 ranking in the areas of Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Labor & Employment, and General Commercial Litigation. A band 1 ranking is the highest ranking available to a practitioner and is based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client.

In the practice area of Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, Hirst Applegate attorneys Dale Cottam and John Metzke were listed as Band 1 notable practitioners. Dale Cottam is listed as a “very accomplished attorney” in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions, limited liability law, and real estate related bankruptcy and restructuring. John Metzke, also ranked Band 1, is particularly renowned for his expertise in tax law as it relates to the creation and maintenance of trusts and estates and business matters.

Robert Jarosh received a Band 1 ranking for his work defending employers in the full spectrum of employment litigation, including breach of contract, discrimination and wrongful termination claims, and also advising them on how to avoid such claims. Mr. Jarosh’s clients include private employers, governmental entities, community colleges, and school districts.

Richard Mincer, Robert Jarosh, and Billie Addleman were ranked as notable practitioners in the area of General Commercial Litigation, noted for the capacity to handle a wide range of legal disputes, including cases regarding trusts and estates, professional premises liability, real estate and commercial litigation. Richard Mincer, ranked Band 1, concentrates mainly on product liability defense work, with his recent work focusing largely on automobiles and medical devices. He also acts for trucking companies facing road accident claims. Robert Jarosh is ranked Band 2. He handles a variety of matters, including catastrophic and personal injury, product liability defense, and contract litigation. Billie Addleman is ranked as Band 3. He has extensive experience in professional premises liability defense actions, often on behalf of coal mines and other potentially hazardous workplaces. He also acts for lawyers and health workers in professional liability cases.

Chambers and Partners have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990 and cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. With a team of 140 researchers, individual lawyers are ranked (in their practice areas) on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness, and their client service.