PHILADELPHIA, PA  (April 22, 2004) - Legal referral guide Chambers USA has designated 18 Drinker Biddle attorneys as leading lawyers in the United States and has ranked its New Jersey general commercial litigation practice as number one in the state.

Four Drinker Biddle attorneys were ranked number one in their respective areas of practice:   Bonnie Allyn Barnett, environmental: Thomas F. Campion, general commercial litigation; Gerald W. Hull, Jr., real estate; and Bruce D. Shuter, banking & finance. Other leading attorneys designated in the firm's Philadelphia office include: William H. Clark, Jr., corporate/mergers and acquisitions; Andrew C. Kassner, bankruptcy; Gregory J. Lavorgna, intellectual property; Daniel A. Monaco, intellectual property; F. Douglas Raymond, III, corporate/mergers and acquisitions; Paul H. Saint-Antoine, antitrust; and Arthur H. Seidel, intellectual property.

Several attorneys from Drinker Biddle’s New Jersey offices were named: Glenn S. Pantel, real estate; Michael E. Rothpletz, Jr., real estate; Stewart E. Lavey, corporate/mergers and acquisitions; and John A. Ridley, employment, all from the firm’s Florham Park, NJ office. John E. Stoddard, III, in the Princeton office, was named in the corporate/mergers and acquisitions practice.

Two attorneys from the firm’s Berwyn, Pa. office were recognized: David J. Brooman, environmental, and John Jay Marshall, intellectual property.

Drinker Biddle ranked number two in New Jersey in the corporate/mergers and acquisitions area, and number two in Pennsylvania for its banking and finance, environmental and intellectual property practices. Other Drinker Biddle practices recognized were New Jersey’s real estate practice, as well as the antitrust, intellectual property and real estate practices in Pennsylvania. 

The guide commended Drinker Biddle’s general commercial litigation practice for its “capacity to litigate the most complex of disputes with confidence.” 

Chambers USA is a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States based on the opinions of their peers and clients and by the quality of their work. Chambers USA is published by London-based Chambers and Partners Publishing.