Adams and Reese Attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® (by BL Rankings, LLC) 2020

Adams and Reese is pleased to announce the inclusion of attorneys throughout the firm’s regional footprint in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America (by BL Rankings, LLC).

Additionally, the firm was top-listed, noting the greatest number of lawyers from a single firm listed in each practice area, in the following locales:

Top-Listed State Awards

  • Mississippi – Banking and Finance Law
  • Tennessee – Copyright Law

Top-Listed City Awards

  • Jackson, MS – Banking and Finance Law
  • Nashville, TN – Copyright Law
  • New Orleans, LA – Litigation – Environmental; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants

Several of the firm’s attorneys received recognition as a “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (by BL Rankings, LLC). This distinction is limited to a single attorney in each practice area and designated metropolitan area. Honorees are selected based on Best Lawyers voting averages relating to their legal acumen, professionalism and integrity. Adams and Reese Columbia attorneys receiving this distinction include:

  • Lana H. Sims, Jr., Columbia Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers “Lawyer of the Year”

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has published lists compiled on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation process on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed. The 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes more than 58,000 lawyers.


  • John F. Beach, Commercial Litigation
  • Robert P. Bethea, Jr., Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Tax Law
  • Matthew B. Hill, Banking and Finance Law
  • William P. McElveen, Jr., Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law
  • W. Cliff Moore III, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Real Estate
  • Jack Pringle, Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Kirby D. Shealy III, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Lana H. Sims, Jr., Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers


About Adams and Reese LLP

Adams and Reese ( is a multidisciplinary law firm with nearly 300 attorneys and advisors strategically located throughout the southern United States and Washington, D.C. The American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation’s top law firms – the Am Law 200. The National Law Journal also includes the firm among the top 200 on the NLJ 500 list of the nation’s largest law firms.