Baton Rouge, LouisianaSeptember 8, 2006 – Fifteen partners from Baton Rouge-based Kean Miller Hawthorne D’Armond McCowan & Jarman, LLP (Kean Miller) will be listed in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White, Inc.). Published biennially since 1983, The Best Lawyers in America is widely regarded as an important referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. The list is compiled through an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of the top lawyers in the U.S. confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

The referral guide is subscribed to by more than 4,000 of the leading law firms in the U.S. and abroad, and by more than 1,000 of the world’s largest corporations. Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, Best Lawyers is a reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals.

The Kean Miller lawyers listed in the upcoming edition include: G. William “Bill” Jarman (Commercial Litigation, Oil & Gas Law); Russel O. Primeaux (Intellectual Property Law); Charles S. McCowan, Jr. (Mass Tort Litigation, Personal Injury Defense Litigation); Carey J. Messina (Tax Law, Trusts and Estates); Ben R. Miller, Jr. (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Trusts & Estates); and Charles S. “Trey” McCowan, III (Commercial Litigation, Oil & Gas Law); Christopher J. Dicharry (Tax Law); Isaac M. “Mack” Gregorie, Jr. (Real Estate Law); Maureen N. Harbourt (Environmental Law); and Leonard L. “Len” Kilgore (Environmental Law); Gary A. Bezet (Commercial Litigation); G. Blane Clark, Jr. (Corporate Law) Vance A. Gibbs (Medical Malpractice Law); Katherine W. King (Energy Law) and J. Randy Young (Energy Law)

Kean Miller is the largest Baton Rouge-based law firm in the Capital Region with more than 120 lawyers. The firm maintains offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles, and Plaquemine, Louisiana.  The firm serves clients in numerous industries including energy, petrochemical and chemical, technology and telecommunications, transportation, media and advertising, financial services, insurance, gaming, government and education, health care, manufacturing, real estate, retail, construction and leasing.   The firm combines the talent and expertise of its lawyers into multi-disciplinary client and industry teams. These teams are comprised of seasoned legal professionals from a variety of disciplines who are equipped to identify legal and business needs and to develop superior service strategies that provide unmatched support to the client.