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Front Page - Friday, February 14, 2014

Chambliss attorneys receive national recognition for stellar client service

Three attorneys with Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel have been honored as “Client Service All-Stars” by BTI Consulting Group in its 13th annual review of lawyers recommended by the nation’s leading corporations. William P. Aiken, Richard W. Bethea, and William H. Pickering are among an exclusive group of 330 attorneys recognized for providing exceptional service and value to their clients. Only one other Tennessee attorney was named as an All-Star by BTI.

Aiken, Bethea and Pickering were also part of a group named by BTI as “Client Service MVPs” — lawyers who have received All-Star recognition for two or more consecutive years. Pickering was honored as a four-year MVP and was one of only three attorneys in the nation to be named as an All-Star for four consecutive years. Aiken was one of only 12 attorneys honored as a three-year MVP, and Bethea was recognized as a two-year MVP.

“A recognition like this, based exclusively on client nominations, is truly an honor,” said Dana Perry, president and managing shareholder of Chambliss. “We strive every day to act as partners with our clients and to provide the best value and service possible. This distinguishing acknowledgement is a pat on the back for the entire Chambliss team and an exceptional honor for these three attorneys.”

Aiken was recognized by BTI for his work in commercial contracts and business transactions. His practice also includes corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions for clients in several business and manufacturing sectors. Aiken is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” for Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions and has been honored by that publication as the Chattanooga Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year.

Bethea was recognized for his work in product liability defense. He focuses his practice on the trial of complex business cases, with particular emphasis on product liability defense, manufacturers’ risk prevention, patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and commercial and consumer finance claims. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Product Liability Litigation and other complex litigation.

Pickering was recognized for his work in labor and employment law. He serves as labor counsel for some of the Chattanooga area’s largest manufacturers and has been lead counsel in complex business and employment litigation in several states. Pickering is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” for Labor and Employment Law and Labor and Employment Litigation.

With self-nominations forbidden, the only way to be honored as an All-Star is to be nominated by a client in an unprompted manner. BTI conducted nearly 300 individual interviews with corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 companies and other corporations in more than 15 industries to develop this year’s All-Star list.

Source: Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel