Press Release

Haynes Boone Lawyers and Practices Rank Among Industry Best in Chambers USA 2023

June 01, 2023

Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers and practices, spanning the firm’s 16 U.S. offices, were recognized as industry leaders in Chambers USA 2023 (Chambers and Partners). Chambers USA 2023 recognized 75 Haynes Boone lawyers and 31 practices, the highest ever totals for the firm.

Haynes Boone highlights from the Chambers USA 2023 directory include:

Three practices were added to Chambers USA’s nationwide directory of top practices: Employee Benefits & Executive Comp; First Amendment Litigation, and Government Contracts: The Elite.
• Three practices were added to the state and regional rankings of top practices: Real Estate: Mainly Dirt (New York); Construction (Virginia); and Litigation: General Commercial (Texas: DFW and Surrounds).
• Four lawyers were ranked Band 1, the highest tier, in Chambers USA’s nationwide directory: Deborah Coldwell (Franchising); Stephen Knight (Government Contracts: Cost Disputes); Jonathan Shaffer (Government Contracts: Bid Protests); and Craig Stahl (Oil and Gas Litigation).
• Eight lawyers were ranked Band 1 in state directories: Kit Addleman (Litigation: White Collar Crime & Gov’t Investigations); Purvi Patel Albers (IP: Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets); Charles Beckham Jr. (Bankruptcy/Restructuring); Ernest Martin (Insurance); David McCombs (Intellectual Property); Val McWhorter (Construction: Mediators); Brian Vella (Construction); and Susan Wetzel (Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation).

“We have Chambers-ranked lawyers and practices from coast to coast, in virtually all major specialties,” said Haynes Boone Managing Partner Taylor Wilson. “This is a testament to the high regard in which we are held by our clients and the market.”

Chambers ranks lawyers and practices based on thousands of interviews with leading practitioners and clients. Ranking criteria include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by legal clients.

The following Haynes Boone practice groups were ranked in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA:


  • Derivatives
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)
  • First Amendment Litigation
  • Franchising
  • Government Contracts: The Elite
  • Oil and Gas Litigation


  • Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution


  • Corporate/M&A

New York

  • Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance
  • Real Estate Main Dirt

North Carolina

  • Banking & Finance


  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Corporate/M&A: The Elite
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Dallas, Fort Worth, & Surrounds; and Houston & Surrounds)
  • Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (Electricity)
  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation: Appellate
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Texas: Austin & Surrounds and Texas: Dallas, Fort Worth & Surrounds)
  • Litigation: White Collar Crime & Gov't Investigations
  • Real Estate
  • Technology: Corporate & Commercial


  • Construction

Below are the individually recognized Haynes Boone lawyers and their respective practice area(s):