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11 Attorneys with Gray Ritter Graham named 2024 Best Lawyers in America, 2 Named St. Louis ‘Lawyer of the Year’ ®

Eleven Gray Ritter Graham attorneys have been named to the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. These attorneys, Maurice B. Graham, Stephen R. Woodley, Patrick J. Hagerty, Don M. Downing, Joan M. Lockwood, Morry S. Cole, Gretchen Garrison, M. Graham Dobbs, Thomas K. Neill, Kaitlin A. Bridges, and Cort A. VanOstran have been named Best Lawyers in America in eleven different specialties.

In addition to these outstanding accolades, Gray Ritter Graham has had two attorneys named St. Louis ‘Lawyer of the Year’® for 2024. Downing was named the Best Lawyers 2024 St. Louis ‘Lawyer of the Year’® for Litigation - Banking and Finance. Lockwood was named the Best Lawyers 2024 St. Louis ‘Lawyer of the Year’® for Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs.

"This ‘Lawyer of the Year’ award from Best Lawyers® reflects the collective efforts of our team at Gray Ritter Graham," expressed Don Downing. "I am deeply grateful for the trust and confidence our peers and clients have placed in us." Downing has been awarded ‘Lawyer of the Year’ nine of the last ten years in three different categories, Antitrust, Class Action – Plaintiffs, and Banking and Finance.

"I am deeply honored to have been recognized as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ from Best Lawyers® in medical malpractice. This award is the result of the hard work of the Firm’s entire legal team, including our lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants,” said Joan Lockwood. “Our team is committed to pursuing justice and providing personal advocacy for our clients in their times of need. I am grateful for the trust that clients, colleagues, and peers have placed in me and strive every day to continue to earn that trust.”

The ‘Lawyer of the Year’ recognition places Downing and Lockwood among an elite group of legal professionals who have achieved distinction and acclaim for their outstanding contributions. It serves as a testament to their dedication, skill, and leadership in advancing the standards of legal practice.

The Best Lawyers ‘Lawyer of the Year’® honor is awarded to only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area. To be selected, the lawyer must receive impressive voting averages during the exhaustive peer-review assessments Best Lawyers conducts with thousands of leading lawyers each year. The Best Lawyers ‘Lawyer of the Year’® honor is the mark of talent, acclaim, and respect in the profession.

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