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Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Partners Receive Top Community Rankings From Best Lawyers

November 3, 2010

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP is pleased to announce that partners William W. Taylor and Herbert Better have been named “Washington, DC Commercial Litigator of the Year” and “Baltimore Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year,” respectively, for 2011 by Best Lawyers, a peer-reviewed national legal guide.

Best Lawyers awards the accolade “Lawyer of the Year” in a particular practice area to a single lawyer in the community. According to Best Lawyers, “The lawyers being honored as ‘Lawyers of the Year’ were selected because they received particularly high ratings from most of their peers. … The selected lawyers have earned a high level of respect among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.” Click here to read more about the “Lawyers of the Year” selection process.

“We continue to believe—as we have believed for more than 25 years—that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession,” said Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers. “We would like to congratulate Herbert Better on being selected as the ‘Baltimore Best Lawyers Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year’ and William W. Taylor on being selected as the ‘Washington, DC Commercial Litigator of the Year’ for 2011.” Mr. Better and Mr. Taylor were both recognized in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and White–Collar Criminal Defense.

About William W. Taylor
Mr. Taylor specializes in complex litigation and routinely represents companies and their officials, current and former public officials, lawyers, and law firms in private controversies as well as regulatory investigations. He successfully defended the former chairman of the compensation committee of the New York Stock Exchange against claims brought by the New York Attorney General seeking to recoup compensation paid to the President of the Exchange and the former president of the Salt Lake City Olympic Bid Committee against charges of making unlawful payments to members of the International Olympic Committee. The subject matters of his practice include securities, antitrust, corporate governance, and contracts.

Before joining Zuckerman Spaeder, Mr. Taylor was a staff attorney and special assistant for training at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and until recently a member of the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence of the U.S. Judicial Conference. He has been a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina Law School, as well as an adjunct faculty member at Catholic University and George Washington University Law School.

About Herbert Better
A former U.S. attorney, Mr. Better opened Zuckerman Spaeder’s the Baltimore office in 1987. He has extensive civil and criminal trial experience for both individuals and corporations. Recently, Mr. Better successfully represented the owner of Baltimore’s major league soccer team in a case involving a challenge to zoning legislation allowing the placement of general advertising signs on the façade of the city-owned 1st Mariner Arena to provide advertising revenue to the owner of the team comparable to advertising revenue provided to other major league teams. He is a member of ADR Maryland, a select group of experienced trial lawyers with training in mediation, and a member of the U.S. District Court’s Liaison Committee where he works with a group of lawyers and judges on issues concerning the practice of law in the court.

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