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Front Page - Friday, December 29, 2017

Cates, Feldman top Husch Blackwell honors




Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars named six Husch Blackwell attorneys from Chattanooga to its 2017 lists.

Super Lawyers include Alan Cates as a top-rated estate planning and probate attorney in Chattanooga and Ronald Feldman as a top-rated real estate attorney.

As a member of Husch Blackwell’s financial services and capital markets industry team, Cates focuses his practice on investment management and private wealth matters. He has guided individuals and their businesses in estate planning and business succession planning and represented individual and institutional executors and trustees in a variety of litigation matters, both as defense counsel and plaintiff.

Cates has also represented taxpayers in administrative proceedings and in courtrooms and provided critical services to tax-exempt organizations. He also has served as general counsel to families and their businesses.

With a real estate portfolio that comprises more than 30 years of legal work, Feldman’s experience includes complex real estate transactions that carry through a property’s entire life cycle. He advises developers and investors in acquisition, sale, financing, operation and disposition of real property, along with title-related matters, surveys, preparation of leases, easements, restrictions and covenants.

Feldman’s property representations have included commercial developments, office buildings and space and ground leases.

Rising Stars included K. Chris Collins, Kelsie Hanson, Andrew Hodgson and Samantha Lunn.

Representing corporations, privately held companies and lenders, Collins concentrates his practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation. His experience includes government investigation, breach of contract, real estate and product liability.

As a member of Husch Blackwell’s real estate, development and construction team, Hanson concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial real estate transactions, development, acquisition and leasing. She negotiates leases and other agreements with national tenants on behalf of a real estate investment trust owning or operating nearly 100 regional shopping centers. Hanson also assists with business organizations, general corporate representation and commercial transactions. She has experience with clients in the real estate, manufacturing and transportation industries.

Hodgson is a member of Husch Blackwell’s real estate and development group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial real estate transactions, development, financing and leasing. He negotiates leases with national tenants on behalf of a REIT owning or operating nearly 100 regional shopping centers. Hodgson also has experience with the development, leasing and disposition of peripheral commercial properties.

In addition, Hodgson assists with business organizations, commercial lending and general corporate matters. He has experience working with community and regional banks in loan transactions secured by real estate.

Before joining Husch Blackwell, Hodgson worked in-house as a clerk for a regional credit union and served as a deputy clerk for the Shelby County General Sessions Court.

As a member of Husch Blackwell’s financial services and capital markets industry team, Lunn represents businesses in complex commercial litigation. She counsels clients on securities litigation, white collar investigations and litigation, insurance litigation, employment matters, trade disputes and e-discovery.

Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Lunn served as advisor and in-house counsel for a manufacturing company, where she advised on legal, accounting, employment and regulatory matters. She also has experience setting up and advising 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entities.

Covering more than 70 practice areas, Super Lawyers is a directory of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of attorneys are selected to the Super Lawyers list and two and a half percent are selected to the Rising Stars list in each state.

The annual selection process includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The Rising Star category is for attorneys who are under 40 years old or who have fewer than ten years of legal experience.

Source: Husch Blackwell