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Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year" for 2013 by Best Lawyers®

October 04, 2012

MILWAUKEE AND MADISON, WIS. (Oct. 4, 2012) -Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. is proud to announce that Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named eight of the firm's attorneys "Lawyer of the Year" for 2013.

Best Lawyers® began designating "Lawyers of the Year" in the U.S. in high-profile legal practice areas in 2009. Since then, they have extended this honor to many other countries where the Best Lawyers® peer-review process is conducted as well.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year," making this accolade particularly significant. Godfrey & Kahn attorneys who received this accolade are:

1. Michael B. Apfeld: Best Lawyers' 2013 Milwaukee Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year"
2. James A. Friedman: Best Lawyers' 2013 Madison Litigation - First Amendment "Lawyer of the Year"
3. John L. Kirtley: Best Lawyers' 2013 Milwaukee Litigation - Banking & Finance "Lawyer of the Year"
4. Andrew R. Lauritzen: Best Lawyers' 2013 Milwaukee Non-Profit / Charities Law "Lawyer of the Year"
5. Kevin J. O'Connor: Best Lawyers' 2013 Madison Litigation - Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year"
6. Thomas N. Shorter: Best Lawyers' 2013 Madison Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year"
7. Peter M. Sommerhauser: Best Lawyers' 2013 Milwaukee Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" and Best Lawyers' 2013 Milwaukee Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law "Lawyer of the Year"
8. Charles G. Vogel: Best Lawyers' 2013 Milwaukee Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year"

Lawyers being honored as "Lawyer of the Year" are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments they conduct with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

With more than 180 lawyers, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. is one of Wisconsin's leading business law firms. Founded in 1957, Godfrey & Kahn maintains offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Green Bay and Waukesha, Wis.; and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit the firm's website at

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