Press Release

Haynes Boone Earns Most Rankings for Lawyers and Practices in Firm History in Chambers USA 2024

June 06, 2024

Haynes and Boone, LLP achieved its most robust rankings ever in Chambers USA 2024 (Chambers and Partners), with 89 lawyers and 35 practices ranked from its 16 U.S. offices.

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 firm’s highlights from the Chambers USA 2024 directory include:

  • Three lawyers were ranked Band 1 nationally, the highest tier: Deborah Coldwell (Franchising), Jonathan Shaffer (Government Contracts: Bid Protests) and Craig Stahl (Oil and Gas Litigation).
  • Nine lawyers were ranked Band 1 in state directories: Kit Addleman (Litigation: White Collar Crime and Government Investigations), Purvi Patel Albers (IP: Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets), Charles Beckham Jr. (Bankruptcy/Restructuring), Nina Cortell (Litigation: Appellate), Ernest Martin (Insurance), David McCombs (Intellectual Property), Val McWhorter (Construction: Mediators), Brian Vella (Construction) and Susan Wetzel (Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation).
  • Three practices were added nationally: Banking and Finance, Energy: Oil and Gas (Transactional) and Occupational Safety and Health.
  • Two practices were added to the state and regional rankings: Litigation: General Commercial (Texas: Dallas, Fort Worth and Surrounds) and Banking and Finance (New York).

The following Haynes Boone practice groups were ranked this year:


  • Banking and Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Energy: Oil and Gas (Transactional)
  • Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)
  • First Amendment Litigation
  • Franchising
  • Government Contracts: The Elite
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Oil and Gas Litigation


  • Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution


  • Corporate/M&A

New York

  • Banking and Finance
  • Real Estate: Mainly Corporate and Finance
  • Real Estate: Mainly Dirt

North Carolina

  • Banking and Finance


  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Corporate/M&A: The Elite
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (Dallas, Fort Worth, and Surrounds; and Houston and Surrounds)
  • Energy: State Regulatory and Litigation (Electricity)
  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation: Appellate
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Texas: Austin and Surrounds and Texas: Dallas, Fort Worth and Surrounds)
  • Litigation: White Collar Crime and Government Investigations
  • Real Estate
  • Technology: Corporate and Commercial


  • Construction

Below are the individually recognized Haynes Boone lawyers and their respective practice areas: