Laffey, Leitner & Goode LLC is pleased to announce that eight LLG attorneys have earned recognition from Best Lawyers in 2021. Partners Jack Laffey, Mark M. Leitner, Joseph S. Goode, Sarah E. Thomas Pagels, and John W. Halpin have all been named to Best Lawyers’ nationwide list of top attorneys. Best Lawyers further named associates Klay A. Baynar, Jessica L. Farley, and Allison E. Laffey as “Ones to Watch.” We could not agree more.

Founder Joseph S. Goode again received the distinction of “Lawyer of the Year” (Milwaukee) for his Franchise Law practice, his fourth time bringing home the award. In addition to that high honor, Joe received accolades in six different practice areas:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Franchise Law
  • Litigation – First Amendment
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Litigation – Real Estate

Founder Mark M. Leitner continues to be recognized for his extraordinary professional resume. In his twelfth year being honored by Best Lawyers, Mark has been recognized in fourteen practice areas demonstrating the breadth of his substantive knowledge in multiple areas of the law and the views of his peers who have seen him in action:

  • Animal Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law – Individuals
  • Franchise Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Litigation – Insurance
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants

Not to be outdone, Founder Jack Laffey was honored in six practice areas in a direct acknowledgment of his national work in transportation and products liability law:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Insurance
  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Partner John W. Halpin, celebrating his second year on the list, was recognized for his work in:

  • Construction Law
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Partner Sarah E. Thomas Pagels has again been recognized, this time in four practice areas:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

LLG’s “Ones to Watch” have demonstrated that they are indeed worthy of being watched. Associate Allison E. Laffey was honored for the second year in Commercial Litigation. Associate Jessica L. Farley was recognized for her work in Appellate Practice. Rounding out this year’s honorees is Associate Klay A. Baynar who has been recognized for his work in Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation.

For the second straight year, nearly every LLG attorney earned recognition by Best Lawyers. As the firm continues to grow, no doubt too will its list of honors and awards. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Its methodology is designed to capture the consensus of leading lawyers nationwide about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

“Receiving these awards is always an honor,” said Mark Leitner. “When your peers and clients evaluate and recognize your hard work and perseverance it really means something special. I’m most excited to see our young associates recognized for their achievements and commitment.”