June 06, 2014 // Franchising.com // Roetzel has once again been ranked as a top Ohio law firm in the 2014 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business ("Chambers") for Natural Resources & Environment. Chambers also recognized seven of the firm's partners individually as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas.
"As in years past, we are honored to be recognized by Chambers," said Jeffrey J. Casto, Roetzel's Chairman and CEO. "A Chambers ranking validates our client-focused approach to our work and the high level of professionalism practiced by our attorneys."
Chambers & Partners, a U.K. - based publisher of legal guides, compiles annual rankings of leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout the country using independent, objective and client-focused interviews and research. Criteria include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence and commitment.
Roetzel is acknowledged as a leading firm in the category of Natural Resources & Environment. Chambers noted the Environmental Group's particular focus on the oil and gas industry, "with additional expertise in wetland and landfill work as well as general permitting and enforcement issues." The firm is, "[a]lso held in high regard for its experience in related litigation."
Seven Roetzel partners were individually cited by Chambers as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas.
Robert B. Casarona, Roetzel's Partner-in-Charge of its Cleveland office, is recognized for his work in the area of natural resources and environment. Chambers notes that he "…is respected among his peers as a strong environmental litigator. He possesses particularly impressive expertise when defending enforcement actions." Mr. Casarona focuses his practice on environmental litigation, including toxic torts, business litigation and construction litigation. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers every year since 2010.
Sherri L. Dahl is a Partner in the firm's Cleveland office and a member of the Creditors' Rights Group. Ms. Dahl's practice focuses on complex corporate and municipal out-of-court restructuring, bankruptcy reorganization, sales and litigation. She represents debtors, lenders, creditors' committees and individual creditors in Chapter 7, 9 and 11 matters in bankruptcy and district courts across the United States. "I have been very impressed with her thoughts, understanding, and how she works with the parties," reported one impressed client to the Chambers survey. She has been a Chambers leading lawyer since 2013.
Brian E. Dickerson is a Partner and Manager of the firm's White Collar Litigation & Corporate Compliance Group and is noted as a Recognized Practitioner by Chambers for White Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Mr. Dickerson focuses his practice on complex litigation and regulatory matters, defending clients against government actions, administrative proceedings and parallel civil and criminal proceedings. He litigates complex fraud cases, including securities, bank, mortgage, procurement and health care fraud (Stark Law and false claims cases), as well as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters in federal and state courts throughout the U.S.
Shane A. Farolino is the Practice Group Manager of the Environmental, Energy and Health & Safety Group. Mr. Farolino focuses his practice on environmental compliance counseling, permitting, and administrative, civil and criminal litigation. Chambers notes his substantial environmental enforcement experience. Clients describe him as a "consummate professional that makes efficient work out of difficult situations." Mr. Farolino has been selected by Chambers as a leader in the field of Natural Resources & Environmental Law every year since 2004.
Terrence S. Finn is a Partner in the Environmental, Energy and Health & Safety Group. Mr. Finn focuses his practice on environmental compliance counseling and environmental litigation in administrative, state and federal forums, representing both public and private sector clients on a wide range of environmental issues. Chambers' sources noted, "[b]ecause of his fantastic experience and knowledge, he is able to give us answers quickly." Chambers has selected Mr. Finn as a leader in Natural Resources & Environmental Law every year since 2006.
Thomas L. Rosenberg, a Partner in the firm's Business Litigation Group, is named by Chambers as a notable practitioner in Construction Law. Chambers states that, "He remains particularly active in contentious construction matters. He is an American Arbitration Association arbitrator, as well as an experienced courtroom lawyer." Mr. Rosenberg has been honored by Chambers as a leading construction lawyer in the State of Ohio since it began ranking USA lawyers and law firms in 2003.
Donald S. Scherzer, a Partner in the firm's Business Litigation Group, is cited by Chambers as a leading practitioner in the field of Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations. A source remarked that, "I have recommended him to clients in the antitrust area; he has shown a very deft touch." Mr. Scherzer handles antitrust, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), criminal securities and corporate compliance matters. He has been a Chambers leading lawyer since 2012.
Roetzel is a full-service law firm with more than 200 attorneys in offices located throughout Ohio and Florida and in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. The firm provides comprehensive legal services to national and international corporations, closely held and family-run businesses, institutions, organizations and individuals. For more information, visit ralaw.com.