41 Ward and Smith Attorneys Named to “Best Lawyers in America®” for 2021

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Ward and Smith is proud to announce that nearly half of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized by one of the most respected and trusted attorney rating services in the country.

Forty-one attorneys were named “Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers® for 2021, with five receiving this recognition for the first time. Released annually since 1983, this list highlights the most accomplished and highly acclaimed legal practitioners in their respective practice areas.

Recognition by Best Laywers® is based entirely on peer review. The publication’s methodology is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues, as accurately as possible. You can read more about Best Lawyer’s methodology here.

Ward and Smith’s 2021 Best Lawyers® are: 


Jenny Boyer

Bill Durr (2013)

Zac Lamb (2019)

Norman Leonard

Lance Martin (2015)

Joanne Badr Morgan (2020)

Bill Wolcott (2018)


Drake Brinkley (2020)

Charles Ellis (1995)

Brad Evans (2016)

Lynwood Evans (2013)

Paul Fanning (2011)

Michael Fields (2018)

Merrill Jones (2013)

John Martin (1995)


Don Eglinton (2009)

Ken Gray (2009)

Bill Lathan (2005)

Bill Martin (2013)

Cliff Parson (2021)

Greg Peacock (2010)

C. H. Pope (1995)

Knox Proctor (2010)

Lauren Quinn (2021)

Eric Remington (2020)

Clint Routson (2005)

Ryan Simmons (2021)

Troy Smith (1987)

Amy Wang (2019)

Leigh Wilkinson (2010)

Ken Wooten (2005)


Jeff Bandini (2012)

John Cella (2018)

Joe DelPapa (2021)

Steven Long (2010)

Gary Rickner (1995)

Tyler Russell (2020)

Jason Strickland (2019)


Jenna Butler (2010)

Trip Coyne (2016)

Sam Franck (2021)

John Sloan (2018)

Ryal Tayloe (2009)

Jeremy Wilson (2020)

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