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Carrington Coleman has again been recognized for its legal expertise and quality of law practice by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. For 2021, the Firm is ranked nationally in 5 areas and in 17 areas for the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. Seventeen Carrington Coleman attorneys were previously recognized as The Best Lawyers in America® 2021. Four Carrington Coleman associates were selected by Best Lawyers for the inaugural year of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

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Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Real Estate Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 2 – Dallas/Fort Worth
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Corporate Law
Family Law
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Patent
Litigation – Securities

METROPOLITAN TIER 3 – Dallas/Fort Worth
Employment Law – Individuals
Environmental Law
Trusts & Estates Law

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list for that particular location and specialty.


Noted trial lawyer and managing partner of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, Monica Latin has been recognized as one of the Top 100 attorneys in the state in the 2020 edition of Texas Super Lawyers.

Ms. Latin, who also earned a place among the Top 50 female attorneys in the state and the Top 100 attorneys in Dallas-Fort Worth, joins a total of 13 firm attorneys who were honored across nine practice areas in the latest edition of the respected legal guide.

“This is a firm that is often associated with our litigation successes, but trial work is just one aspect of this multifaceted team’s expertise,” said Ms. Latin. “We are fully committed to our clients’ success and are pleased to see that work recognized over a wide range of practice groups.”

Carrington Coleman attorneys included in the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers legal guide are:

Cathy Altman, Construction litigation
Mike Birrer, Employee & labor
Lyndon Bittle, Insurance coverage
Neil Burger, Business litigation
Ken Carroll, Appellate
Bruce Collins, Business litigation
David Drumm, Real estate
Carmen Eiker, Family law
Kelli Hinson, Business litigation
Jason Katz, Business litigation
Monica Latin, Business litigation
Christie Newkirk, Employment & labor (employer)
J. Michael Sutherland, Business bankruptcy

Texas Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters and appears in Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers magazines. Selection is limited to no more than 5 percent of Texas attorneys and is based on a statewide survey of lawyers and extensive editorial review.

Earlier this year, five firm attorneys – Parker Graham, Alex More, Debrán O’Neil, Andrea Perez, and Brent Rubin – were included in the 2020 edition of Texas Rising Stars. A companion guide to Super Lawyers, it recognizes attorneys age 40 or younger or who have been in practice for fewer than 10 years.

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Congratulations to Andrea Perez. Andrea was selected by Texas Lawyer as a 2020 Texas Legal Awards, On the Rise honoree. The On the Rise award, announced virtually this year, honors “attorneys who are innovators, developing unique practice niches, amassing robust books of business, demonstrating strong leadership qualities, showing expertise in litigation, in-house or transactional work and committing themselves to pro bono, charitable and professional volunteer work.”

Andrea’s practice focuses on art law, business law, and intellectual property. Andrea works with galleries, museums, artists, auction houses, collectors, and art professionals to assist them with their unique art-related legal matters. In addition, she represents both public and private company clients, as well as private equity firms and family businesses, with a variety of simple to complex corporate needs, including mergers, equity and asset acquisitions and dispositions, entity formation, governance, partnerships and joint venture arrangements, intellectual property protection, vendor agreements, master services agreements, employment and contractor agreements, as well as a variety of other commercial contracts.


Carrington Coleman is proud to have 17 attorneys listed in 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. These lawyers were recognized for their strengths across the entire legal spectrum: appellate practice, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law, business organization, corporate law, employment, environmental law, family law, financial services regulation, litigation (commercial, construction, labor and employment, intellectual property, patent, personal injury, regulatory enforcement, securities), real estate law, and trusts and estates.

Four Carrington Coleman associates were selected by Best Lawyers for the inaugural year of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. This special recognition is given to attorneys in private practice who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence. Our “Ones to Watch” are: Monica Gaudioso, recognized in Commercial Litigation; Parker Graham, recognized in Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment Law – Management; Michael Lin, recognized in Real Estate Law; and Brent Rubin, recognized in Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation and attorneys are not required (or allowed) to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Carrington Coleman attorneys named as 2021 Best Lawyers® include:

  • Cathy Altman (2013) Litigation – Construction Law; Litigation – Construction
  • Mike Birrer (2019) Employment Law – Individuals; Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Lyndon Bittle (2016) Appellate Practice; Insurance Law
  • Robert H. Botts (2010) Trusts and Estates
  • Ken Carroll (2014) Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation
  • Bruce W. Collins (2011) Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation – Securities
  • David G. Drumm (2012) Real Estate Law
  • Carmen E. Eiker (2016) Family Law
  • Kelli M. Hinson (2021) Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Mark Howland (2016) Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent
  • Charles C. Jordan (2006) Environmental Law; Real Estate Law
  • Monica Latin (2015) Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Employment Law – Management
  • George T. Lee (2020) Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Stephen L. Levine (2021) Patent Law
  • Bret A. Madole (2020) Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Christie A. Newkirk (2013) Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • J. Michael Sutherland (2016) Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

(Year) First year the lawyer was listed.


(Last updated March 6, 2020)

Congratulations to our Carrington Coleman attorneys named to the 2020 Super Lawyers Texas “Rising Stars” list. They were recognized in the following areas: Parker GrahamEmployment & Labor, Alex MoreSecurities Litigation, Debrán O’NeilBusiness Litigation, Andrea PerezBusiness Corporate, and Brent RubinBusiness Litigation.

The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for ten years or less.