Gray Plant Mooty's John Nichols Named Minneapolis ″Lawyer of the Year″ in Employee Benefits Law

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (October 25, 2011) — The Minneapolis-based law firm of Gray Plant Mooty is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers, a respected, peer-reviewed legal publication, has named John M. Nichols the “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis in Employment Benefits (ERISA) Law.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Steven Naifeh, president of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe—as we have believed for more than 25 years—that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate John M. Nichols on being selected as the ‘Minneapolis Best Lawyers Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year’ for 2012.”

With over 30 years of experience in employee benefits, Nichols has been involved in virtually every phase of this area of practice, ranging from plan design to employee benefits litigation. He is also a frequent lecturer and speaker on a variety of employee benefits topics.

About GPM:

Gray Plant Mooty (GPM) is a law firm driven to solve: we understand our clients’ objectives, listen to their needs, and roll up our sleeves to solve their problems. We value client partnerships, and clients value GPM’s integrity, loyalty, and entrepreneurial spirit. Drawing on over 145 years of experience, we help businesses move forward because we know where business has been. Recognized as one of the top franchise law firms in the nation and one of the leading corporate firms in Minnesota, GPM is headquartered in Minneapolis with offices in St. Cloud, Minnesota and Washington, DC. We are the exclusive Minnesota affiliate of MULTILAW and the Employment Law Alliance, and our 170 attorneys serve regional, national, and international clients. For more information about Gray Plant Mooty, visit www.gpmlaw.com.

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