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Five attorneys selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2019®

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MEMPHIS, Tenn., December 18, 2018 – Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, P.C., today announced that five attorneys from the firm have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019®. The attorneys are members founding member Stevan Black, Mike McLaren, Mark Griffee, Will Cochran, and Jana Lamanna.
“We are honored to have such a large representation of attorneys from Black McLaren Ryland & Griffee, P.C. included in this year’s list,” said Black. “We are extremely proud of our team’s accomplishments and look forward to their continued success and growth at our firm.”
Black was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019® for Family Law. He was also named “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Law by Best Lawyers in America 2018® and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 20 consecutive years. He practices in the areas of federal and state civil litigation, family law and personal injury litigation. He has been admitted to practice before all courts of the state of Tennessee; U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; U.S. Claims Court; and U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator. Black has been listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006. He was also selected as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent in 2015 by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Mississippi State University Alumni Association in 2003.
McLaren was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019® for Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants. He handles federal and state litigation, commercial litigation, professional liability, insurance coverage, vaccine injury litigation, environmental law, construction law, fidelity and surety law and creditors’ rights. McLaren has been listed in The Best Lawyers of America since 2015 and has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer for 13 years, since 2006.
Griffee was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019® for Commercial-Litigation. He concentrates his practice in the areas of general civil litigation, including business, commercial, construction and personal injury litigation, as well as insurance defense and coverage counsel, computer intellectual property and health care service transactions and litigation. Since 1997, he has been listed as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator in civil cases and serves on the mediation panel of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. He is licensed to practice in Arkansas, as well as admitted to all state and federal trial and appellate courts in Tennessee. Additionally, Griffee served as president of the East Memphis Rotary Club for 2017-2018.
Cochran was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019® for Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants. He practices in the areas of medical malpractice defense, personal injury and vaccine litigation, and business and commercial litigation. Cochran is admitted to practice law in all courts of the State of Tennessee, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, all courts of the State of Mississippi, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi and U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants since 2018.
Lamanna was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019® for Commercial-Litigation. She practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, with specific experience in family law, including surrogacy law, probate law and medical malpractice defense. Lamanna is currently an active member of the Leo Bearman, Sr., American Inn of Court, a member of the American, Tennessee, Memphis and Missouri Bar Associations and formerly served on the board of directors for several local organizations, including the Memphis Bar Association, Junior League of Memphis, Playhouse on the Square and Dress for Success. She was also previously selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyers – Rising Stars for Family Law.
About Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, P.C. (www.bmjrglaw.com)
Founded in 1994, Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, P.C. is a law firm practicing in a wide range of legal practice areas including family law, insurance defense, contract law, civil litigation, vaccine law, estate and probate, subrogation, criminal law, and others. The firm is comprised of attorneys licensed in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri and New York. Our attorneys are also admitted to practice in federal courts, including, but not limited to various United States District Courts, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the United States Supreme Court.
About Best Lawyers
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. More than 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and Best Lawyers received more than 13 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas around the world, with more than 7 million votes being cast in the United States. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
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