Nine Thompson Hine Lawyers Recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers

Date: February 23, 2015

ATLANTA – February 23, 2015 – Seven lawyers from Thompson Hine LLP were included on the 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers® list and two were chosen as Georgia Rising Stars. Super Lawyers magazine distinguishes the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state in more than 70 practice areas and recognizes those who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars are chosen by their peers as being among the most recognizable up-and-coming lawyers in Georgia.

In addition, three lawyers, Tim McDonald, Russell J. Rogers and John L. Watkins were recognized as Top 100 lawyers in Georgia for receiving the highest point totals in the Georgia nomination and research process.

Included in Georgia Super Lawyers:

Peter D. Coffman (Business Litigation) – Coffman, a partner and trial lawyer, represents clients  in disputes involving business torts, commercial contracts, fiduciary obligations and creditors’ rights. He has worked extensively in the automotive, real estate, higher education, communications and media industries.

Gary S. Freed (Business Litigation) – Freed, a partner and trial lawyer, focuses on resolving business and ethical disputes, appearing in state and federal courts, arbitrations and mediations across the country. He also works with Chinese companies conducting business in the U. S, as well as domestic companies looking to do business in China.  He handles litigation  involving intellectual property, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, business divorce and executive employment controversies, labor and employment, and judicial and attorney ethical issues.

John F. Isbell (Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy) – Isbell, a partner, represents secured lenders, debtors/borrowers, official committees of unsecured creditors, landlords and other parties in interest in matters including bankruptcy cases, receivership litigation, workouts, restructurings, and state court foreclosures and confirmation proceedings.

Ileana Martinez (Business Litigation, Product Liability Litigation) – Martinez, a partner, focuses her practice on complex business, commercial and mass torts, including cases involving breach of contract and fiduciary duties, tortious interference, trade secrets, fraud, civil conspiracy and noncompete/nonsolicitation covenants. She serves as national, regional and local counsel for pharmaceutical and medical device companies and other consumer/commercial product manufacturers in product liability litigation, including multidistrict and class action. Martinez also advises clients on FDA and other regulatory issues.

Tim McDonald (Labor & Employment) – McDonald, a partner, focuses his practice on litigation and counseling related to employment and employee benefits issues. He defends employers against class action and individual employment claims nationally, and advises them on employment practices and benefits issues. He also represents fiduciaries, benefit plans and employers in employee benefits litigation encompassing individual and class action cases throughout the country.

Russell J. Rogers (Business Litigation) – Rogers, a partner who focuses on commercial litigation, has extensive experience litigating complex contract disputes in a wide variety of contexts. He also defends clients in product liability litigation, particularly matters involving pharmaceutical products and energy.

John L. Watkins (Business Litigation, Corporate Transactions & Securities) – Watkins, a partner, focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage and inbound international business transactions. He has considerable experience advising companies in the machinery and equipment, manufacturing, industrial construction, technology, software, financial and energy sectors.

Included in Georgia Rising Stars:

Christopher Fox, II (Business Litigation) – Fox is a partner whose practice encompasses a broad range of commercial disputes, including contractual issues arising in the financial services arena, matters relating to restrictive covenants and unfair competition claims, and litigation of patent and trademark infringement claims, as well as defense and prosecution of claims for misappropriation of trade secrets.

Garrett A. Nail (Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy) – Nail, an associate, handles a variety of bankruptcy matters, including representing secured and unsecured creditors, lenders, Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 debtors, asset purchasers and parties to adversary proceedings. He also has experience in civil litigation matters, including tort, contract and receivership cases.