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Chambers USA, the prestigious legal ranking guide and highly regarded directory of America's leading lawyers for business, has named 23 Adams and Reese attorneys as leading practitioners in the recently released 2022 edition. In addition to the 23 individual rankings, Adams and Reese also achieved 10 firm rankings from the Chambers USA  2022 guide 

Chambers USA is considered a cornerstone directory whose listings are given significant weight among business leaders selecting legal counsel.   

This year, Adams and Reese received three new team rankings and nine new individual rankings. 

Chambers rated the firm’s Construction (Florida), Insurance (Louisiana), and Corporate/M&A (South Carolina) areas as leading statewide practices.  

Trent Cotney and David Toney, co-leaders of the firm’s Construction team and both achieving individual rankings, were noted by Chambers for their work in comprehensive construction matters. This team is praised by Chambers for its niche expertise in the representation of roofing contractors that extends into public policy, statute drafting and building codes.”   

Will Cheek is ranked Band 1 nationally in Food and Beverages: Alcohol: Southeastern U.S. and referred to by his clients as “the godfather of alcohol beverage law in Tennessee.” 

Significantly, Adams and Reese achieved a Band 2 firm ranking and Bill Shea received a Band 2 individual ranking for a newly added table by Chambers, Louisiana – Insurance. 

Learn more about our notable achievements and see what our clients and colleagues are saying.  

Adams and Reese’s 2022 practice area rankings include: 


Construction - Band 5 

Insurance - Band 3  


Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Band 3 

Insurance - Band 2  

Labor & Employment - Band 3  

Litigation: General Commercial - Band 3 

South Carolina 

Corporate/M&A - Band 3 


Intellectual Property - Band 3 

Media & Entertainment - Band 3 

Real Estate - Band 4  

The following Adams and Reese attorneys were ranked as leading lawyers in their practice areas: 


Will Cheek – Band 1, Food and Beverages: Alcohol: Southeast 


Richard Carmody – Senior Statesman, Banking & Finance; Bankruptcy/Restructuring 

Rebecca Pritchett – Band 3, Environment  


Trent Cotney – Band 3, Construction 


John Thomson, Jr – Band 4, Bankruptcy/Restructuring 


John M. Duck – Band 2, Bankruptcy/Restructuring 

Richard Aguilar – Band 2, Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Band 3, Litigation: General Commercial 

Robin Cheatham – Band 3, Bankruptcy/Restructuring 

Glen M Pilié - Band 2, Environment: Litigation 

William Shea – Band 2, Insurance 

Brooke Duncan III - Senior Statesman, Labor & Employment 

Leslie Lanusse - Senior Statesman, Labor & Employment 

Elizabeth Roussel – Band 4, Labor & Employment 

Mark Beebe – Band 3, Litigation: General Commercial 


Jeff Trotter – Band 2, Energy & Natural Resources 

Gee Ogletree – Band 2, Real Estate 

South Carolina 

Rob Bethea – Band 2, Corporate/M&A 

Will Umbach – Up & Coming, Corporate/M&A 


Mitch Boult – Band 2, Intellectual Property 

Lynn Morrow – Band 2, Media & Entertainment 


David Toney – Band 3, Construction 

Legal rankings by Chambers USA are based on in-depth market analysis and independent research. The guide covers up to 79 practice areas in all 50 states and Washington, DC. Chambers USA researches more than 180 jurisdictions throughout the world and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers across the globe each year.  

Chambers and Partners is a global organization that has been researching and ranking U.S. law firms on criteria that include technical expertise, business acumen, prompt delivery and value since 1999.  The listings, which are revised each year, are based on direct attorney interviews, competitor and client evaluations, and overall effectiveness of attorneys and their departments.