Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., says the firm and seven of its attorneys have been highly ranked in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA, the prestigious, independent referral directory for the legal industry.

greensfelderlogoGreensfelder’s Franchise & Distribution industry group and Officers Leonard D. Vines and Beata Krakus were ranked among the nation’s top franchise practices and attorneys. In addition, Greensfelder was ranked as one of the top firms in the St. Louis area for the practice areas of Corporate M&A, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial, and Real Estate.

Chambers USA also ranked the following Greensfelder Officers as among the top attorneys in the St. Louis area in their practice areas:

 Amy L. Blaisdell (Labor & Employment)
 Dennis G. Collins (Labor & Employment)
 Vincent J. Garozzo (Corporate/M&A)
 David M. Harris (Litigation: General Commercial)
 Kevin T. McLaughlin (Labor & Employment)

“We are very proud of our attorneys whose successes and endorsements from clients have earned them and Greensfelder top rankings from the 2018 Chambers USAdirectory,” said Greensfelder Chief Executive Officer Timothy R. Thornton.

Based in the firm’s St. Louis office, Vines has represented national, regional and local franchisors, advising on matters including alternatives to franchising, structuring franchise and distribution programs, complying with state and federal laws and regulations and defending state enforcement actions, handling franchise terminations and transfers, and resolving franchisor-franchisee disputes. He also is a frequent lecturer and writer on franchise topics.

Based in Greensfelder’s Chicago office, Krakus works with clients across the United States and around the globe. She has prepared franchise programs for concepts including real estate brokerages, hotels, restaurants, and fitness and personal health systems, among others. She also assists clients in managing their distribution networks, which often consist of distributors/dealers and/or sales representatives.

Chambers and Partners ranks the leading U.S. firms and attorneys based on in-depth research and interviews with attorneys’ clients and peers. Attorneys are evaluated on their legal knowledge and experience, ability and effectiveness, and client service. The Chambers USA guide is widely read by industry-leading companies and organizations nationwide. For more information, visit https://www.chambersandpartners.com.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., founded in 1895, has offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Belleville.