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Best Lawyers Names Five Parker Poe Attorneys 'Lawyer of the Year' for 2023

  • August 18, 2022

Charlotte, NC – Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP is pleased to announce that five of its attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America®, whose rankings are among the highest standard in the legal industry. The “Lawyer of the Year” recognition goes to the attorney with the best overall feedback from his or her peers for a specific practice area and geographic region.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Eric Cottrell was named “Lawyer of the Year” for arbitration. Eric represents clients in business litigation, government investigations, and federal compliance issues. He has represented clients in multimillion-dollar arbitration proceedings and a variety of other disputes.

Chip Holmes was named "Lawyer of the Year" for insurance law. It is the ninth straight year that Chip has been voted the top attorney in a practice area related to litigation or insurance. He has more than 25 years of experience defending businesses and professionals in courts, arbitrations, and mediation.

Steve Weber was voted by his peers as the “Lawyer of the Year” for environmental litigation. Steve has been an environmental lawyer at Parker Poe for nearly 30 years. His practice is three-fold: litigation, compliance, and transactional. In the environmental litigation arena, Steve defends clients in state, federal, administrative, and local zoning matters, as well as multi-district litigation and class actions. Steve also served a four-year term on the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission.

Columbia, South Carolina

Will Thomas was voted by his peers as the “Lawyer of the Year” in health care litigation. He represents a variety of health care clients in litigation, regulatory issues, and transactions. He is also the former leader of Parker Poe's Health Care Industry Team.

Greenville, South Carolina

Tim St. Clair was named “Lawyer of the Year” for patent law. This is the third time in four years that his peers have named him the top attorney in a practice area related to intellectual property. Tim leads Parker Poe's Intellectual Property Group and is a registered patent attorney who focuses exclusively on the protection, commercialization, and litigation of intellectual property.

Other Recognition

In addition, nearly 100 Parker Poe attorneys were recognized by Best Lawyers for 2023. You can find the full list and learn more about Best Lawyers' rankings here. You can also find a list of 24 Parker Poe attorneys that Best Lawyers named “Ones to Watch” here.