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Fisher & Phillips LLP announced today that two Dallas attorneys, alongside 84 from 25 additional offices, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015® (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). Michael V. Abcarian, managing partner in the Dallas office, and Michael P. Royal, partner in the Dallas office, who specialize in labor and employment law, were honored for their work.


“It’s a privilege to receive this recognition from my peers,” said Abcarian. “It is gratifying to know that others in the industry have taken note of the time and hard work we put forth in serving our clients.”


Below is the full list of Fisher & Phillips selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2015.


In addition, six lawyers from the firm have been named Best Lawyers' 2015 “Lawyers of the Year.” The designation is indicated by each of their names.



D. Albert Brannen

Burton F. Dodd

Donald B. Harden

C. L. “Tex” McIver

Ann Margaret Pointer

Roger K. Quillen

Thomas P. Rebel

Douglas R. Sullenberger

John E. Thompson,

Kim Kiel Thompson, Immigration Law

Joshua H. Viau

Marion Walker

James M. Walters



Joseph W. Ambash



Mason G. Alexander

Kevin J. Dalton



Craig R. Annunziata



Terry E. Lardakis

Richard A. Millisor

Steven M. Nobil (20 years listed)

Daniel P. O’Brien – Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers

David E. Schreiner


Columbia, SC

Cheryl L. Behymer

Michael D. Carrouth

G. Daniel Ellzey

Fred Manning II, Litigation - ERISA

Stephen C. Mitchell

Jonathan P. Pearson, Labor Law - Management “Lawyer of the Year

J. Hagood Tighe, Litigation – Labor & Employment “Lawyer of the Year

Karen Luchka Wingo



David P. Hiller

Robert M. Robenalt



Michael V. Abcarian

Michael P. Royal



Todd A. Fredrickson

Darin L. Mackender

Susan M. Schaecher


Fort Lauderdale, FL

Suzanne Bogdan

David A. Buchsbaum

Charles S. Caulkins, Employment Law - Management “Lawyer of the Year

James C. Polkinghorn

Christopher D. Robinson

Cathy M. Stutin


Gulfport, MS

Steven R. Cupp


Irvine, CA

Karl R. Lindegren

James J. McDonald, Jr.

Warren L. Nelson

John M. Polson


Kansas City, MO

J. Randall Coffey

Brian J. Finucane, Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year

James R. Holland II


Las Vegas

Scott M. Mahoney

Mark J. Ricciardi (10+ years listed)



George D. Adams

Thomas J. Birchfield

Cynthia Blevins Doll

Raymond C. Haley III

Jeffrey A. Savarise

Craig P. Siegenthaler



Jeff Weintraub (20 years listed)


New Jersey

Rosemary S. Gousman

Cynthia M. Jacob (20 years listed), Appellate Practice

Christopher H. Mills


New Orleans

Sandra Mills Feingerts (20 years listed), Employee Benefits Law

Edward F. Harold

Robert K. McCalla (25 years listed)

Michael S. Mitchell

Keith M. Pyburn, Jr. (15 years listed), Litigation – Labor & Employment “Lawyer of the Year

Timothy H. Scott



Jeffrey E. Mandel (15 years listed)

Benton N. Wood



J. Freedley Hunsicker, Jr. (20 years listed)


Portland, ME

Melinda J. Caterine

Elizabeth A. Olivier, Labor Law - Management “Lawyer of the Year

Jonathan Shapiro

David A. Strock

Eric J. Uhl


Portland, OR

Clarence M. Belnavis

Richard R. Meneghello


San Antonio

Robert Kilgore


San Diego

Christopher C. Hoffman

David B. Monks


San Francisco

Timothy J. Murphy (25years listed)



Steven M. Bernstein

Theresa M. Gallion

Christine E. Howard


About Best Lawyers

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. More than 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”


About Fisher & Phillips LLP (

Fisher & Phillips LLP is a law firm committed to taking a practical, businesslike approach to solving labor and employment problems for employers. Labor and employment law is all the firm does, offering deep and broad knowledge and experience in the area of the law the attorneys know best. Fisher & Phillips attorneys help clients avoid legal problems, are dedicated to providing exceptional client service, and are there when you need them. The firm has 300 attorneys in 31 offices. In addition to Dallas, the offices are in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Gulfport, Houston, Irvine, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, New England, New Jersey, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.

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