Leaders in Law endorses Dler Saber as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in Iraq. If you wish to get in touch with Dler please use the contact information provided above.

Dler Saber is the Founder and Director of the Dler Law Office. He is a seasoned expert in civil litigation. He dedicated his studies, and he focuses his legal career, on civil cases. Through a series of dramatic court victories on behalf of his many clients, Dler Saber has earned himself a huge amount of respect as a litigator in both Kurdistan and Iraq. Several qualities come together to make Dler Saber an outstanding litigator:

1) he knows the laws; few attorneys in Kurdistan or Iraq know the Articles of the Iraqi legal system better than Dler Saber

2) he is creative; he employs novel ways to combine the Articles and use them together, to strengthen his client’s case, and to weaken his opponent’s case

3) he is absolutely and completely honest; Dler Saber does not play games, he does not compromise, and his deep and fundamental respect for laws and the legal system is unshakable

4) he does not give up; when he takes a case he is profoundly loyal to his client, and he will fight for his client’s interests in a relentless way

Dler Saber is the trusted attorney of record for a large number of international and local companies operating in Kurdistan and Iraq- but he also sets aside time to give back to the community. He is the Head of the Legal Department of the Businessmen Association of Kurdistan, and provides the organization with extensive and ongoing legal advice. He also provides legal counsel to a number of non-government organizations. And he has taken on, and won, countless civil cases on a strictly pro-bono basis, when his clients could not afford to pay legal fees. Dler Saber’s father was a highly respected Judge, and Dler has known since he was a child that he would become a lawyer. Through his success, he has earned the respect of fellow lawyers, judges, clients and opponents. Some lawyers practice law in search of money or prestige. Dler Saber genuinely loves the practice of law.

Practice Areas
· Business and Commercial Law
· Civil Litigation and Criminal Cases
· Tax Law
· Family Law

Bars and Courts
Admitted to practice:
· Court of First Instance in both Kurdistan and the Republic of Iraq
· Court of Appeals in both Kurdistan and the Republic of Iraq
· Court of Cassation in both Kurdistan and the Republic of Iraq

Publications, Speaking Engagements, and Organizations
· Member of Association of Lawyers in Kurdistan-Erbil
· Member of Association of Jurists

Educational Background
· Diploma in Legal Administration, Technical Institute of Erbil, 2004
· Bachelor in Law, University of Salah Aldeen, 2005

Firm Description:

Dler Law Office is a full service law firm which practices law in all of Iraq, both north and south. We specialize in Iraq/Kurdistan civil law, business law, company law, contracts, tax law, labor law, oil & gas, investment law, and banking.

Iraq Litigation
What sets Dler Law Office apart from other Iraq law firms is our deep expertise in Iraq litigation. We have litigated hundreds of cases in the Court of First Instance, the Court of Appeals, and the Court of Cassation, in both the Republic of Iraq and Kurdistan. Not one law firm in Iraq can match Dler Law Office’s litigation expertise.

Local Knowledge, International Scope
Dler Law Office is a genuine Iraqi law firm. It was founded and it is run by Iraqi attorneys, each a member of the Baghdad Bar and the Kurdistan Bar. Dler Law Office has all of the required licenses and registrations necessary to practice law in Iraq, and to represent our international and domestic clients in both business transactions and in court. Dler Law Office is recognized and respected by the international community in Kurdistan. Dler Saber, the founder and director of Dler Law Office, has been officially appointed as the Honorary Legal Adviser for the British Consulate-General in Erbil, Kurdistan. As the Honorary Legal Adviser, Dler Saber provides legal advice to Her Majesty’s Consul General Angus McKee on legal issues concerning the British Consulate.

Dler Law Office is the first and only Iraqi law firm covering all of Iraq and Kurdistan which has expanded internationally. In 2014, Dler Law Office established a foreign office- a European office located in The Hague, in The Netherlands. We chose to incorporate our European office in the Netherlands because of its central geographical position within Europe, the country’s competitive tax regime and pro-business environment, and the fact that several of our key clients have corporate headquarters there. Dler Law Office Europe B.V. is located in the World Trade Center in the Hague, the center of business and government in the Netherlands.

Over the years, working on a variety of legal matters, from transactions, to litigation and arbitration, Dler Law Office has collaborated with important international clients and respected law firms and lawyers throughout the MENA region and the world. We understand the expectations of large international companies. We appreciate the importance of timely action, and the need to meet deadlines. We also understand the importance of clear, detailed communication, and regular client updates.

Please feel free to contact us in order to schedule a free initial legal consultation on Iraq law matters.


James Savitt

Jim specializes in the trial and creative resolution of substantial disputes for a diverse client base, including Fortune 500 companies and major e-commerce firms.  While much of his practice has focused on intellectual property, corporate, and commercial matters, Jim believes that knowing how to win a case–developing and executing a strategy to prevail by motion if possible and by trial if not–is the most important skill of a lawyer handling complex litigation.

Jim teamed with David Bruce to establish Savitt Bruce & Willey in 1999, after a nine-year tenure as a partner at Perkins Coie.  Jim began his career with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City before finding his way to the Great Northwest.  He is a graduate, magna cum laude, of the Georgetown University Law Center.

Outside of the office, Jim recently completed service as the Chairperson of the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (which owns and operates Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market) and is a past President of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington.  Jim enjoys skiing in winter, playing infield on the firm’s softball team in summer (when we can field one with enough young guns to do serious harm), his morning workout, reading novels that his partner Steve Willey sneers at and, not least, time with his family, including two teenage sons who, depending on the day, are either keeping him young or making him old.



  • Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle WA, 1987-1999
    • Partner, 1991-1999
    • Associate, 1987-1990
  • Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York City NY, 1983-1986


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. magna cum laude, 1983
    • The Georgetown Law Journal, 1981-1983
  • Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, B.A., 1980


  • Washington
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Federal Claims


We’re litigators and trial counsel.  We know that cases are won and lost on their “story”: who is right and who is wrong in the eyes of the judge and jury.  Our expertise is in developing and telling that story by drawing out the key facts, players, and themes, defining the legal framework in which they operate, and weaving them into a compelling narrative.  While our SUBJECT-MATTER EXPERTISE is both deep and broad, our RECORD OF SUCCESS demonstrates our skill in crafting and presenting a winning argument.

Our skill as litigators informs every step along the way.  Understanding the facts requires not only an eye for detail but a strategy that identifies the right detail, combined with the tenacity to obtain and marshal complex facts and develop a record that completes the picture.  Defining the legal framework means not merely understanding what the law “is” but a creative process of identifying and describing the legal principles and authorities that—when applied to the facts of a particular case—lead to the just result for our clients.  Weaving these elements together effectively requires more than just proficiency with legal subject matter: it requires articulating clearly to a judge, arbitrator, or jury, who may have no familiarity with the subject matter or even the law, not only that our client should win but why.

We believe in the power of what can be achieved in the courtroom, but one size does not fit all.  Our successes demonstrate the ability to develop winning strategies that meet the unique needs of each case.  We know when a major investment of people and time will yield results and when it just means a big bill, and we’re committed to identifying cost-effective solutions to our clients’ problems.  If there is a way to resolve a dispute successfully short of trial, we find it.

Our skill as legal writers gives our clients a unique advantage in litigation.  Increasingly, cases are decided on written motions.  For a client, winning on a motion is the best possible result—it avoids both the cost of trial and the compromise of settlement.  Even if a motion does not decide a case, it may resolve a key issue so as to tip the scales decidedly in a client’s favor at trial or drive a favorable settlement.  This places a premium on lawyers who can synthesize complex facts and legal issues and distill them into an easy-to-follow explanation as to why their clients should win.

When trial is necessary, success requires not only the skills of the courtroom—examinations of witnesses and arguments to jury and judge—but also the use of those skills in the presentation of a winning story developed strategically from the outset. That is what we do.

Molly Glover

Serving as lead counsel in numerous trials in state and federal courts, Molly Glover is skilled in complex matters involving domestic relations, products liability, premises liability, breach of contract, sexual harassment and bad faith. She has significant experience in defense litigation, including toxic tort, pollution coverage and asbestos claims, and often provides counsel to medical, legal and insurance professionals. Ms. Glover has appeared before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Supreme Court, and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 2013. She has been listed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 mediator and was selected by her peers to the list of Mid-South Super Lawyers.  Ms. Glover is also an active member of the Leo Bearman, Sr. Chapter of the American Inns of Court.


  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (J.D., 1993)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (B.S., Political Science, 1988)

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Member, Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (TDLA)
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation
  • Named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list (2012- 2013, 2017)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Childers, 30th Judicial District Court, Memphis, Tennessee


For over 100 years, the lawyers of Burch, Porter & Johnson have approached the practice of law as a calling, continuing our founders’ forward-thinking philosophy. This history of Thinking Forward is ingrained in our culture – as alive today as it has been for more than 100 years.

Our philosophy is simple: provide innovative, practical solutions to obtain the best result for our clients. This philosophy is built on three core values:

Commitment to Client-Service. We recognize that accessibility, attention to detail and proactive communication are the hallmarks of a successful client-attorney relationship. That is why clients continue to rely upon our firm to handle sensitive and complex matters, as they have for more than 100 years.

Practical, Innovative Solutions. Our attorneys strive to anticipate what others may miss, focus on strategic solutions that aid in the efficient and cost-effective resolution of legal issues, and collaborate with clients to form future-focused plans. We concentrate on building and maintaining long-term relationships.

Tradition of Leadership and Integrity.  Community leadership is a foundation of the firm, evidenced by our involvement in matters of national and regional importance, in the past– representing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the landmark sanitation workers’ strike, and fighting to preserve our city’s Overton Park green space before the United States Supreme Court and in the present– working to forge a new direction for public education in Memphis and Shelby County, and devising innovative structures to protect our valuable public resources such as Shelby Farms. Our lawyers remain dedicated to public service, and currently play meaningful roles in over 40 local civic and non-profit organizations.


Burch, Porter & Johnson provides comprehensive legal services across a wide range of litigation, business and transactional practice.  The firm’s clients span a broad spectrum:  from multi-million dollar corporations seeking counsel to negotiate complex transactions to individuals dealing with the most sensitive personal issues.

From its inception, the firm’s focus has been on client service – providing specialized expertise, value, responsiveness and practical solutions to address our clients’ needs. Clients have counted on the firm’s experience, its commitment to service, and its tradition as a leader in business and community affairs for more than a century.

Thinking Forward. By Tradition. 


Burch, Porter & Johnson attorneys are consistently recognized as leaders in their fields.  Many lawyers in the firm are listed in the Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers and Business Tennessee. The firm is a member of ALFA International, a legal network with 145 member firms located throughout the United States and around the world.  ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms whose success is driven by broad, deep, local relationships all over the world. More information is available at www.alfainternational.com.

The firm has also been recognized as the #1 “Bet-the-Company Litigation” law firm in Tennessee by the publication Best Lawyers in America©. This accolade acknowledges what the Memphis community has known for over a century — clients turn to Burch, Porter & Johnson when the stakes are high and results are critical.

Brian C. Newberry

Leaders in Law endorses Brian C. Newberry as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the USA – Rhode Island. If you wish to get in touch with Brian please use the contact information provided above.

Brian C. Newberry has represented a range of clients, large and small, in state and federal courts as well as in various alternative dispute resolution mediums. Brian concentrates his practice in cases involving shareholder disputes, business and tax litigation, architect and engineer liability, accounting and legal malpractice, insurance defense and class action suits.

Brian’s accomplishments include representing the winning plaintiff in a breach of contract action labeled one of the five most significant verdicts of the year for 2002 by Rhode Island Lawyer’s Weekly. He was also lead counsel for the plaintiff in a business dispute which resulted in the second highest jury verdict of the year in Rhode Island in 2003.

In 2015 he secured a directed verdict on behalf of an architect, a geotechnical engineer and an owner’s representative in a construction property damage claim after a three and a half week jury trial. Additionally, in 2014 he represented a geotechnical engineer and an owner’s representative in a two-week jury trial resulting in a defense verdict. Brian also represented a military contractor in 2013 and obtained a defense verdict in a two-week jury trial in federal court in a tortious interference and business defamation claim brought by a competitor. He has obtained defense verdicts in multiple personal injury actions brought against design professionals in a variety of engineering disciplines. In 2002 he was co-lead counsel in an American Arbitration Association arbitration in which his client, a private business firm, achieved a $5 million award for fraud against a former computer vendor.

Admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as on occasion pro hac vice in New Hampshire and Delaware, he has tried numerous cases in multiple states and a variety of forums. He has argued multiple appeals before the Supreme Courts of Rhode Island and Delaware, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bar Admission

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, U.S. District Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, U.S. Tax Court

Practice Areas

Business Litigation, Insurance & Tort Litigation, Professional Practices


Donovan Hatem LLP is a multi-practice law firm providing focused advice for minimizing risk. Since 2001, the firm has offered sophisticated and specialized legal counsel to architectural and engineering firms, as well as a diverse clientele of public and private companies, nonprofit organizations, government entities and individuals. Our litigation, risk management, and business attorneys provide comprehensive and strategic advice and high-level guidance when you need it.

Donovan Hatem LLP attorneys frequently lecture around the country on issues of professional liability, risk management issues, and social media liability risks. We are published widely in industry periodicals, law reviews, and regional and national publications. We invite you to our News page for the latest legal updates and information on upcoming events and conferences.

Christopher M. McShane

Leaders in Law endorses Christopher M. McShane as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the USA – North Dakota. If you wish to get in touch with Chris, please use the contact information provided above.

Chris practices in the area of civil litigation addressing issues including breach of contract, corporate dissolution, and estate disputes.  His primary focus is the acquisition of property rights necessary to construct public projects.  Chris has successfully tried civil cases to juries and judges. He is also experienced in appellate practice, having represented clients on numerous appeals.

Outside of the office, Chris and his family enjoy the outdoors.  They enjoy hunting, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing and camping – including winter camping.  Chris also enjoys cooking and eating interesting food.  He is willing to travel anywhere for a good meal.

Education and Licensure

  • Undergraduate: University of North Dakota – Commercial Aviation
  • Law School: University of North Dakota School of Law – Juris Doctor
  • Licensed to practice in North Dakota, Minnesota, and the United States Federal District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • Holder of a multi-engine land commercial pilot certificate, certified flight instructor and flight instructor of instruments

Christopher has achieved the following honours and distinctions:

  • Past chairman of the Inquiry Committee Southeast of the State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Graduate of the chamber of commerce leadership development program

As an attorney, Christopher actively participates in the following organizations:

  • Member of the State Bar Association of North Dakota and the Cass County Bar Association
  • Volunteer for the adaptive ski program at H.O.P.E. Inc.
  • Active member of Lutheran Church of the Cross in West Fargo
  • Moderator of the West Fargo legislative forums.


The law firm of Ohnstad Twichell, P.C., was founded in 1939, by Manfred R. Ohnstad.  In 1955, the firm partnered with Daniel R. Twichell, and the name has remained since then.  The firm has deep roots in the Red River Valley, with offices in Casselton, Hillsboro, Page and West Fargo, ND, and Barnesville, MN.

Ohnstad Twichell has grown to become one of the largest law firms in the region, yet continues to remain committed to its core values:  Integrity, respect, teamwork, communication, and excellence.  As the firm grows, its employees remain anchored to its core values to provide clients exceptional legal service in a number of practice areas.

Ohnstad Twitchell P.C. is competent in the following fields of practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Estate Planning, Probate, & Trust
  • Civil & Criminal Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Municipal & Water Kaw
  • Public Finance, Bonding, & Partnerships
  • Energy Law

The staff at Ohnstad Twichell are a team of dedicated and talented professionals committed to improving the lives of their clients and creating strong communities by providing custom legal solutions with integrity and excellence.

With the move of its West Fargo office to the new location at 444 Sheyenne Street in West Fargo, Ohnstad Twichell is poised for future growth and remains the community-minded law firm that provides personalized, broad-ranging legal services that meet the needs of its clients.

Daniel C. Fleming

Leaders in Law endorses Daniel C. Fleming as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the USA – New Jersey. If you wish to get in touch with Daniel please use the contact information provided above.

Daniel C. Fleming is the V.P. and Partner in the Firm’s Princeton, N.J. office of Wong Fleming and a litigator who has taken over 100 cases to jury verdict.  He is Chair of the
Banking, Finance & Bankruptcy Practice Group and Chair of the Products Liability and Mass Tort Litigation Practice Group, and the Intellectual Property Practice Group.  His jury trial, bench trial, and arbitration experience is wide-ranging and includes products liability, commercial disputes, employment litigation, civil rights, bankruptcy, and even international parental child abduction.  

Mr. Fleming received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in
 1981, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages.  He received his law degree in 1984 from Catholic University of America in
Washington, D.C. and earned the American Jurisprudence Award in
 Constitutional Law. Upon graduation from law school, he served as Law Clerk to
 the Honorable Joseph M. Hannon of the Superior Court of the District of
Columbia. He is a member of the California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Bars and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer based upon his outstanding achievements as a lawyer.


Mr. Fleming has litigated a variety of adversary proceedings, including,
preferences, fraudulent transfers, and objections to discharge. He has also
litigated a wide range of contested matters, such as first day orders, cash collateral and adequate protection, relief from the automatic stay, executory
contracts, objections to the adequacy of disclosure statements, and objections
to plan confirmation. He is the co-author of an article appearing in the
bankruptcy bar’s most notable journal, the American Bankruptcy Institute Law
 Review. He has also donated his time to the community by speaking to
Philadelphia citizens about bankruptcy at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s
People’s Law School forum.

Civil Trials

Mr. Fleming’s trial achievements include obtaining a multi-million dollar jury
verdict for a commercial bank in a fraud and racketeering action in federal court. He has litigated and jury tried numerous actions for the Federal Deposit
 Insurance Corporation and for the now-defunct Resolution Trust Corporation.
 He has successfully tried contested foreclosure actions on behalf of
commercial banks.  He has also successfully co-tried numerous employment and civil rights actions against public entities, giving him unique insight into how to successfully defend against such claims. He is the first attorney to have successfully jury tried a professional liability action for the RTC in the Northeast United States.

Products Liability

Mr. Fleming has defended some of the most prominent national and international corporations. For nearly thirty years, he has defended designers, manufacturers, and sellers in cases involving a wide variety of products liability defense litigation, including, claims of design defect, manufacturing defect, breach of warranty, and failure to warn. He has successfully represented clients in cases ranging from industrial and commercial equipment design to improper warnings on over-the-counter medical supplements.  Mr. Fleming’s approach to the defense of products liability actions includes consulting with the manufacturer’s engineers to develop a defense, retaining the right expert to support the defense, and effectively deposing the Plaintiff’s experts, all while making sure that the defensive strategy brings value to the client in a cost-effective manner.


  • Represented a large commercial lender against principals of a defunct business and its successor company asserting fraudulent
    conveyances under the UFTA and successor liability claims.
  • Represented a cable television provider in a suit brought by a factoring
    company seeking to collect payments owed by advertisers to a media
    advertising agency, and attained a favorable resolution after asserting
    cross-claims against media agency’s assignee for unlawful conversion of
    monies due for placement of advertisements under Article 9 of the UCC.
  • Represented a large financial services institution in the defense of a
    pending action involving claims of fraud in the inducement of a vendor
    contract and unjust enrichment.
  • Represented one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial institutions
    on a multi-million dollar default regarding several Demand Floor Plan Line-of-Credit Notes.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 financial institution on numerous matters involving
    defaults on secured and unsecured lines of credit.
  • Represented a national bank-based financial institution on matters involving bankruptcy and recovery of secured equipment with a seven-figure value.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company for recovery of secured equipment and machinery.
  • Represented a national based financial institution in an action for breach of contract when the answering party failed to secure the renewal of a contract as
    required by the governing loan documents.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company on numerous matters involving default on loan documents and recovery under continuing personal guaranties of the
    answering party.
  • Represented a large financial Institution in federal court to recover a multi-million
    dollar advance used for the operating capital of a large regional bank.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 Company in a discovery dispute involving a non-party witness subpoena to limit and exclude the production of documents relating to confidential trade secrets.
  • Represented a large consumer financial institution in the defense of a requirement
    for reserve account to protect against losses due to a motor vehicle dealership’s
    falsification of consumer loan documents.
  • Represented the former owners of a staffing business in a multi-million-dollar contract interpretation lawsuit with the successor entity.


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Asset Recovery
  • Creditors Rights and  Bankruptcy
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Products Liability and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Trial, Insurance Defense and Coverage


  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania


  • Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member, DRI
  • Member, ABA
  • Member, Board of Directors for Asian Bank, Philadelphia, PA
  • Chairman, Audit Committee, for Asian Bank, Philadelphia, PA


  • “The Treatment of Residential Mortgages in Chapter 13 after Nobelman” (American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Spring 1994).


  • “Mixed Signals: Why China is Right and Wrong to Violate Intellectual Property Rights” (Rider University, International Week, March 30, 2005).
  • “Regulatory Investigations”  (Panel Chair, MIHCA Conference, September 2015).
  • “American Pharmaceutical Concerns: Intellectual Property Right Issues in China and India” (Saint Joseph’s University Pharmaceutical Symposium, 2003).
  • “Doing Business With China: Protecting Your Intellectual Property” (N.J. Small Business Development Center, 2003).
  • “How to Get Our Evidence in at Trial and Keep Theirs Out: A Primer on the Rules of Evidence in Employment Cases” (National Employment Lawyers Association, 2003).
  • “Employment Law” (N.J. Governor’s Conference on Housing and Community Development, 2002).
  • “The Legal Aspects of International Trade” (U.S. Small Business International Market Entry Program, 2002).
  • “Employment Law” (N.J. Affordable Housing Management Spring Event Seminar, 2002).
  • “Global Business Panel at Rider University” (Center for International Business & Education, 2002).
  • “So, You Want to Have an International Trade Business?” (U.S. Department of Commerce, 2001).
  • “Advanced Collection Law in New Jersey” (Lorman Education, 2000).
  • “Contentious Issues in Hiring and Firing” (Employment Law Super Conference, American Conference Institute, 2000).
  • “Complex Commercial Collection Law in New Jersey” (Lorman Education, 1999).
  • “The Asian Contagion: Turning Crisis into Opportunity for Northern New Jersey Business” (International Trade Conference, New Jersey Regional Business Partnership, 1999).
  • “Doing Business in the Far East: A Primer for Trading with China, Hong Kong, Japan and Beyond” (Regional Business Partnership, 1998).
  • “Chinese Business Opportunities and Cultural Dynamics” (Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 1998).
  • “Global Trade 2000 Countdown ‘98: Intellectual Property Rights Outside of the United States” (Center for International Business & Education, 1998).
  • “Economic Outlook for New Jersey: Asia and Wall Street” (Regional Business Partnership, 1998).
  • “Doing Business in the Far East” (Doing Business in the Far East, 1998).
  • “Impact of China’s Takeover of Hong Kong” (Center for International Business & Education, 1997).


  • J.D., Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (1984)
  • B.A. and B.A.H., Villanova University (1981)


Wong Fleming was established in New Jersey in 1994 and has grown to become a national law firm with offices across the country.

Headquartered in Princeton, NJ, and with offices throughout the United States, the firm is committed to ongoing professional education and lifelong learning as well as to the promotion of diversity in the legal profession. Wong Fleming is certified as a minority business enterprise by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (“NMSDC”) and as a woman-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. In 2014, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association awarded us the Thomas L. Sager Award for the Northeast Region. The Sager Award is given to law firms that have demonstrated sustained commitment to improve the hiring, retention and promotion of minority attorneys. In 2015, the NMSDC admitted Wong Fleming into the Corporate Plus Program, which is confined solely to those members who have demonstrated their capacity to execute national contracts for major corporations.

We pride ourselves on our innovation, representing clients vigorously and keeping in mind their business interests.

Scott H. Harris

Scott Harris is a director in the firm’s litigation department. He has tried cases in the state and federal courts in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and elsewhere for over fifteen years. His practice involves representing companies and executives in litigation and at trial in a range of commercial disputes including: tax matters, trade secret and restrictive employment covenant litigation, contract claims, shareholder rights, land use and other business disputes. Scott also represents both plaintiffs and professionals in professional malpractice and licensure litigation and has a substantial practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in significant personal injury matters.

Practice Areas

  •          Business Litigation
  •          General Civil Litigation
  •          Health Care
  •          Intellectual Property
  •          Intellectual Property Litigation
  •          Labor & Employment
  •          Land Use and Development
  •          Litigation
  •          Personal Injury
  •          Personal Injury Litigation

Admissions & Recognition

New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York state courts, United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, United States District Courts for the Districts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, United States Tax Court, United States Court of Federal Claims and accredited mediator in NH Superior Courts.

  • New Hampshire Bar Association, American Bar Association and American Association for Justice
  • Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers (Litigation), 2007 to present
  • United States Department of Justice Tax Division’s Outstanding Trial Attorney Award, 1994
  • New Hampshire Trial Lawyer’s Special Recognition Award, 2004
  • Recognized as a New England Super Lawyers 2008, 2011-present
  •  New England’s Best Lawyers, 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell


  •          Member, Leadership New Hampshire
  •          State Chair, United States Supreme Court Historical Society
  •          Boston Inn of Court
  •          Board of Directors, Seacoast Science Center
  •          Past President, New Hampshire Association for Justice
  •          Past President, Daniel Webster Chapter American Inn of Court
  •          Fellow, American and New Hampshire Bar Foundation


  •          Where You Live May Not Be Where You’re Domiciled
  •          Arbitration – Panacea or Pitfall?
  •          Arbitration Has An Upside, But There Are Drawbacks
  •          The Psychology of Mediation
  •          Dealing With Internet Defamation
  •          Litigation Lessons: When Closely Held Business Owners Disagree
  •          Dealing with Whistleblowers and Avoiding Retaliation Claims
  •          Know The Law: Obligation to Report Elderly Financial Exploitation?
  •          Your Duty As A Healthcare Professional To Report Elder Abuse

CLE Seminars

  •          Faculty Member, Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law, NBI, June, 2014
  •          Faculty Member, May It Please the Court – Effective Case Presentation at Trial, NBI, March, 2014
  •          Faculty Member and Chair, Thinking Inside the Jury Box, NHAJ, March, 2013
  •          Faculty Member, Trial Skills Academy, NHAJ, March, 2012
  •          Faculty Member, E-Discovery, NHAJ, October, 2011
  •          Faculty Member, Sophisticated Deposition Strategies, NBI, June, 2011
  •          Faculty Member, Legal Ethics, Lorman Education Services, June, 2010
  •          Faculty Member, Trial Skills, NHBA, April, 2009
  •          Faculty Member, Personal Injury Claims from Soup to Nuts, NHAJ, March, 2009
  •          Faculty Member, Persuading the Jury, NHAJ, December, 2008
  •          Faculty Member, The Art of Deposition: Powerful, NBI, May, 2008
  •          Faculty Member, Legal Ethics, Lorman Education Services, June, 2007
  •          Faculty Member, Proof of Damages, Etc., NHTLA, March, 2006
  •          Faculty Member, Keys to Successful Pre-Trial Preparation in New Hampshire, NBI, February, 2005
  •          Faculty Member, Legal Ethics in New Hampshire, Lorman Education Services, February 2005 (Also at Woburn, Massachusetts Offices


Founded in 1919, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Association is one of New England’s premier full-service law firms with offices in Manchester, Portsmouth, and Concord, New Hampshire and Woburn, Massachusetts.

Driven by the firm’s depth of sophisticated legal expertise and an unwavering commitment to client service, McLane has built collaborative and lasting relationships with a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients.

McLane is guided by the principle that attorneys and staff should be active participants in the communities in which we live and work

The firm’s organization, hiring practices, training, and use of technology give it the capacity to provide the highest level of expertise and service.  McLane’s attorneys work in the following practice groups:

  • Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditor’s Rights
  • Commercial Finance
  • Corporate
  • Criminal
  • Divorce and Family Law
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Government & Public Strategies
  • Government Affairs & Regulatory Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Real Estate
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Utility

Doreen Hartwell

Leaders in Law endorses Doreen Hartwell as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the USA – Nevada. If you wish to get in touch with Doreen please use the contact information provided above.

Doreen Spears Hartwell formed Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. in 2014 with Laura Thalacker, a friend and accomplished attorney with whom she worked for over 14 years at Nevada’s then-largest law firm.  Doreen has practiced in the area of business and commercial litigation in Nevada since 2000. Her litigation practice includes employment law, trade secret, non-compete claims, real estate, trust-probate matters and a wide range of other business-related disputes. Doreen has successfully defended employers in cases involving wrongful termination, breach of contract, discrimination and/or harassment in violation of Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA and state employment statutes. She also has substantial experience in successfully bringing breach of contract, trade secret, non-compete and trust and probate claims on behalf of her clients.

Doreen is listed in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation (Las Vegas)®.  Doreen, who has an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, has been recognized by her peers as one of Nevada’s Legal Elite® every year since 2012.

One of Doreen’s first appearances in court as a new attorney was representing an 18 month old child through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s (previously known as the Clark County Legal Aid Center) Children’s Attorney Project (“CAP”). This experience, which demonstrated to her the dire need for children to have a voice in the legal system, cemented her commitment to providing pro bono services.  Since taking that first pro bono case in 2000, Doreen has continued to provide pro bono legal services to deserving individuals who otherwise would not have access to our legal system.  It’s her policy to always be working on at least one active pro bono case at all times.  She often exceeds this and, in 2014, she had six active pro bono cases.

Doreen is a member of the Pro Bono Advisory Council for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and was appointed to the Nevada Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission in February 2014.  As one of the founding members of Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd., Doreen remains committed to providing bono legal services to deserving individuals in conjunction with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (HTTP://WWW.LACSN.ORG/). Doreen has received various awards for her pro bono work, including 2014 “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” Award from the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, 2008 Attorney of the Year from the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association, 2008 Bank of America Local Hero Award, 2005 Judge Sally Loehrer Pro Bono Service Award and 2001 Myrna Williams Children’s Pro Bono Award.

Since 2004, Doreen has served as a supervising attorney for the Clark County Law Foundation’s Trial By Peers Program (“TBP”).   TBP is juvenile diversion program run where students prosecute or defend students accused of misdemeanor offenses in the courtroom before actual judges and juries of their peers. TBP is an excellent program that has been around for over 25 years and has served as a model for juvenile diversion programs around the country. 


Doreen is a 2010 graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Las Vegas program, a past president of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association and the current chair of the LVNBA’s Attorneys in the Schools Program (WWW.LASVEGASNBA.ORG).  In July 2014, Doreen was appointed for a three year term as a lawyer representative for the Nevada United States District Court.

Doreen, who is originally from Connecticut, attended Fairfield University where she earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish.  Upon graduation from Fairfield, Doreen backpacked through Europe for the summer before relocating to Sacramento, California.  In 1990, Doreen began working in the advertising department at the Sacramento Bee Newspaper where she made life-long friends and developed a love for giving back to the community.

In 1997, Doreen decided to attend McGeorge School of Law where she studied, among other things, business law and employment and labor law.  While at McGeorge, Doreen was the President of the Black Law Students Association and tutored first year law students in Real Property, Civil Procedure and Contracts. In 1999, she had the opportunity to take a course in Salzburg, Austria with United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy comparing the protections granted by the First Amendment with the free speech provisions contained in the European Union.  In May 2000, Doreen obtained her J.D. from McGeorge with honors and moved to Las Vegas to begin her distinguished legal career.Nevada’s then-largest law firm

Firm Description

Laura Thalacker and Doreen Spears Hartwell joined together in 2014 to form the employment law and business litigation law firm of Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. after working together for nearly 15 years, first as associates and then as partners, in the litigation department of Nevada’s then-largest law firm.  A strong foundation built on friendship and trust, coupled with more than 35 years of combined legal experience, give Laura and Doreen a solid base from which to serve their clients in Southern Nevada and beyond.

Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. provides high-quality, cost-effective legal services to businesses of all sizes in the practice areas of:

Human Resources Compliance and Strategic Counseling; Employment and Labor Law Litigation; and Business and Commercial Litigation

“We love what we do. You’ll love what we can do for your business.”

As a boutique employment law and business litigation firm, Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. is able to provide its clients with the individualized attention and care their matters deserve.  Laura and Doreen take a hands-on, personal approach to their work, getting to know their clients and understanding the ins and outs of their businesses.  Ask their clients, and you will learn that Laura and Doreen are trusted, invaluable advisors and advocates.  They take a pragmatic, common sense approach to legal representation and work side-by-side with clients to allow them to focus on growing and running their business instead of costly legal matters.

Community Leadership

Laura and Doreen have served in leadership positions in various Bar and community organizations and are well-known and respected in the legal community.  They share a philosophy of fostering a firm culture that values diversity and the unique traits and skills that purpose-driven attorneys possess in providing clients with excellent representation, while also making a difference in their community.  In December 2014, Doreen was named “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” by The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada–a well deserved honor recognizing her for her tireless efforts and advocacy providing free legal services to disadvantaged individuals in the community.


William L. Guice III

William Lee Guice III, the third generation of his family to practice law at Rushing & Guice, P.L.L.C. and now its senior partner, has provided trusted counsel to thousands of businesses and individuals since 1972. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and general litigation, including financial issues, lender liability and corporate defense, white collar criminal defense, and admiralty law.

Guice also represents banking interests and handles sophisticated financial and real estate transactions. He advises his clients in the areas of asset protection and preservation, estate planning, business formation and environmental matters. These clients include financial institutions, physicians, various members of the seafood industry and leaders of business and industry.

Guice’s sterling reputation among his peers for legal acumen, professionalism, and ethics is reflected in his AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell for over 30 years and his consistent designation as one of the top attorneys in Mississippi by Super Lawyers magazine, an honor bestowed upon only five percent of the lawyers in each state. Guice is listed in Best Lawyers in America and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, which recognizes the top ½ of 1% of America’s trial attorneys.

Guice is licensed to practice in Mississippi, Texas, New York and the District of Columbia and has been admitted to practice before the United States Court of International Trade. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Harrison County Bar Association, the Commercial Law League of America (Chairman, Southern Region, 1987-1988), the International Association of Commercial Collectors, the Dixie Land Title Association and the Maritime Law Association.

He is the author of several publications, including “Maintenance and Cure, The Jones Act, Land-Based Seamen,” page 877, Volume 46, Tulane Law Review, 1972 (author), “Office Surgery and the Law,” Advances in Dermatology Yearbook, Medical Publishers, 1986 (author), “Mississippi Collection Law,” P.E.S.I., 1985 (co-author), and “Mississippi Collection Law,” P.E.S.I., 1984, 1986, 1989 (co-author).

Guice received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in 1969 and his law degree from Tulane University in 1972. While at Tulane, he was a member of the Board of Student Editors of the Tulane Law Review from 1970 to 1972.

He has also served as a presenter and lecturer at numerous courses on contract and commercial law, Mississippi collections law, law office management, ethics and other legal topics. Guice is president of Renaissance Title, L.L.C., the firm’s subsidiary title company that provides loan closings, escrow services and title commitments and policies.


Admitted: 1972, Mississippi

Honors and Awards:

  • Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
  • Named one of 2017 Lawyers of Year for Mississippi by Best Lawyers in America
  • Earned AV preeminent Rating for over 33 years
  • Selected for Fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member of Tulane Law Review
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2012
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2011
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2010
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2009
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2008
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers 2007
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar Association, the Harrison County Bar Association, the Biloxi Bar Association, the Commercial Law League of America (Chairman, Southern Region, 1987-1988), the Southeast Land Title Association and the Maritime Law Association.
  • Admitted to Practice in United States Claims Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for the Federal Circuit; United States Supreme Court

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Guice has authored several publications, including “Maintenance and Cure, The Jones Act, Land-Based Seamen,” page 877, Volume 46, Tulane Law Review, 1972 (author), “Office Surgery and the Law,” Advances in Dermatology Yearbook, Medical Publishers, 1986 (author), “Mississippi Collection Law,” P.E.S.I., 1985 (co-author), and “Mississippi Collection Law,” P.E.S.I., 1984, 1986, 1989 (co-author).

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Copa Casino: Litigation of Casino’s ownership
  • Barq v. Coca-Cola: Intellectual Property Suit Theft of Goodwill


  • Promenade acquisition for the Target development on Sangani Boulevard in D’Iberville, Miss.
  • Local Counsel for Harrah’s Entertainment in Biloxi acquisitions
  • General Counsel for Barq’s sale to Coca-Cola
  • Barq’s Inc. and trademark Barq’s to Coca-Cola
  • Counsel for Jackson County Mississippi to investigate County Hospital (2nd largest employer in County), prevent financial failure and save Pension Plan, settlement of class action.

Educational Background

  • 1972: Tulane University School of Law Juris Doctorate.  While at Tulane, he was a member of the Board of Student Editors of the Tulane Law Review from 1970 to 1972
  • 1969: Tulane University, Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 1967-1968: Study abroad La Sorbonne, Paris


Constant Innovation. Timeless Values.

Over the more than 100 years Rushing & Guice has been providing exceptional legal services and sound counsel along the Gulf Coast, we’ve seen our share of change. We’ve stood alongside businesses and neighbors through boom times and times of hardship; weathered hurricanes and enjoyed blue skies; comforted those facing tragedy and guided those planning for a bright future.

We’ve trimmed our sails and navigated a steady course through sea changes in the laws and regulations that impact our clients’ businesses, and rode the waves of technological innovation that have altered the economy and the practice of law. We keep ahead of the latest developments in the law and business and use leading-edge technology to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.

Throughout our history, our agility and adaptability to change has served our clients well. However, there are five things that we have steadfastly refused to change since they were established as the core principles of the firm over a century ago by attorneys Charles Rushing and Lee Guice:

  • Legal Excellence. The legal acumen, skill, and sophistication of our attorneys is unmatched along the Gulf Coast. The firm holds the highest professional ratings as to our legal abilities, and we have earned a reputation among colleagues, adversaries, and judges as attorneys to be reckoned with, whether in the courtroom or at the negotiating table.
  • Professionalism and Integrity. We firmly believe in a principle that is too often forgotten in the legal community: that being formidable, zealous and successful advocates for our clients does not mean abandoning professionalism, civility, or integrity. We adhere to the highest ethical standards and are as uncompromising in our commitment to maintain those standards as we are to achieving the best possible results for our clients. In fact, we believe they go hand-in-hand.
  • Service and Respect. When you meet with us at our Ocean Springs offices, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that the attorney you meet with will be the attorney handling your case. We work closely with you to ensure that you are always informed, that all your questions are answered, and that the strategy we use in your case will get the best results in the most cost-effective manner possible. With free, limited initial consultations and a pledge to always be accessible and responsive, we provide our clients with convenience and the personal attention that is sometimes lacking at larger and more impersonal firms.
  • Value and Results. At Rushing & Guice, we have a track record of successful results that extends back more than a century. We are focused on achieving optimal outcomes for each of our clients based on our knowledge of the law, tireless work ethic, and full understanding of our clients’ concerns and goals.   But we realize that a successful result can be illusory if it is accompanied by exorbitant bills for legal fees. That is why we always keep an eye on our clients’ bottom lines as we formulate the best strategies and approaches in each case. Our smaller size keeps our costs lower without impacting the strength of our representation or ability to bring every resource to bear on behalf of our clients.
  • Commitment to Community. Beyond the courthouse and conference room, Rushing & Guice regularly participates in community events and service projects. For our 100thanniversary in 2008, the firm conducted a special “100 Acts of Charity” community outreach program, donating at least 100 items to organizations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast each month. We continue to actively support local charities and other organizations serving our community. Rushing & Guice has been honored as one of the “Best Places to Work” in Mississippi, and our attorneys and staff are active members of area business, civic, and legal associations.

At Rushing & Guice, these timeless principles inform everything we do. We’re proud of our record of success and the reputation for integrity and approachability we’ve built throughout our history. We invite you to learn more about what we do by exploring our practice areas, and welcome the opportunity to meet with you.

At Rushing & Guice, experienced, aggressive, and innovative legal services for businesses and professionals on the Gulf Coast are a phone call away. Call us at (228) 374-2313 or fill out our online form to arrange for a free consultation. We look forward to assisting you.

Forrest James Robinson, Jr.

Forrest James “Jim” Robinson, Jr. is a business litigation partner in the law firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P., in Wichita, Kansas. He received degrees from Southwestern College (1980) and the University of Kansas School of Law (1983).

He is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of “bet-the-company litigation” and commercial litigation.  He is recognized by Chambers, U.S.A., as a Tier One lawyer in Kansas commercial litigation, Benchmark Litigation as a “Litigation Star in Kansas” and is included in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers editions from 2008-2018.

He has held leadership positions in Wichita Bar Association (WBA) (Board of Governors, 2010-2012; Chair, Legislative Committee, 2008-2014; Past Chair, Professionalism Committee); Kansas Bar Association (KBA) (Chair, Legislative Committee, 2014-2018), Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (KADC) (President, 2011; Board of Directors, 2004-2015; Chair, Legislative Committee, 2006-2014); and Defense Research Institute (DRI) (Kansas State Representative, 2012-2015; DRI Center for Law and Public Policy’s Judicial Task Force and Issues and Advocacy Committee 2015-present).

In 2018, he was appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Kansas Judicial Council.

He has served as Chair of the Steering Committee of Kansans for Fair Courts. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Lawyer’s Committee of the National Center for State Courts in Washington D.C. and the National Advisory Committee of the National Association of Women Judge’s “Informed Voter’s—Fair Judges” Project.

He has received a Champions of Justice Award from Kansas Appleseed (2018); Liberty Bell Award from the Thirteenth Judicial District Bar Association (2018); William H. Kahrs Lifetime Achievement Award from KADC (2017); Philip H. Lewis Medal of Distinction from KBA (2017); Howard C. Kline Distinguished Service Award from the WBA (2016); Kevin Driscoll Outstanding State Representative Award from DRI (2015); Distinguished Service Award from KBA (2014); Distinguished Service Award from Kansas Association for Justice, now known as the Kansas Trial Lawyer’s Association (2013); President’s Award from WBA (2009, 2014); Distinguished Service Award from KADC (2007); and the F. James Robinson Silver Helmet Award for legislative work from KADC (2006, 2009, 2013).

In November 2018, he was inducted into the National Center for State Courts’ Warren E. Burger Society. The Burger Society honors individuals who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to improving the administration of justice.

In 2002, he received the National Award for Board Leadership from Child Welfare League of America.

He is a member of the Social Sciences Hall of Fame at Southwestern College (2009).

He has written or co-authored numerous articles, including Hon. Barbara J. Pariente & F. James Robinson, Jr., A New Era for Judicial Retention Elections: The Rise of and Defense Against Unfair Political Attacks, 68 Fla. L. Rev. 1529 (2016).

Jim is married to Jennifer Robinson and they have three children.


Hite Fanning is a premier litigation and business law firm committed to helping our clients be successful and solving their toughest problems. This firm’s mission is to provide superior counsel, responsive client care, creative, pragmatic, timely, and cost effective solutions to our clients. We aim to earn our clients’ loyalty by recognizing their goals and working with them to achieve those goals.

At Hite Fanning, we pride ourselves in living up to our core values


  • We conduct ourselves with professionalism and the highest ethical standard.
  • We attract highly motivated lawyers and staff with diverse backgrounds who are recognized for their talents and skills, ability to thrive in a collegial work enviroment, and commitment to continuous learning and professional growth.
  • We support our profession and the communities in which we practice.