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Awards & Recognition

Wooden & McLaughlin attorneys are frequently recognized as leaders in their respective fields of law by various organizations. Our attorneys are also honored by community organizations. The following are representative of the awards and recognition received by Wooden & McLaughlin LLP.

Best Lawyers ®

Eighteen Wooden McLaughlin partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016. Those partners include:

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Indiana Super Lawyers ®

Nineteen Wooden McLaughlin attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2015 Indiana Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars List. The selected attorneys and their primary practice areas include:


  • Michele S. Bryant – Medical Malpractice Defense, Health Care, and Employment Litigation Defense
  • Lauren E. Dimmitt* – Civil Litigation Defense, Business Litigation and Family Law
  • Gregory J. Freyberger* – Business Litigation, Personal Injury Defense, and Employment Litigation Defense
  • Chris Lee – Civil Litigation Defense, Personal Injury Products Defense, and Class Action/Mass Torts
  • Ross Rudolph** – Alternative Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation Defense
  • Crystal S. Wildeman* – Civil Litigation Defense and General Litigation


  • Kent M. Broach – Business/Corporate, Closely Held Business, and Estate Planning and Probate
  • Michael C. Cook – Land Use & Zoning, Construction Litigation, and Real Estate
  • Thomas W. Dinwiddie – Real Estate, Banking, and Business/Corporate
  • Thomas M. Hanahan – Real Estate, Banking, and Project Finance
  • Robert F. Inselberg – Real Estate, Commercial Leasing, and Business/Corporate
  • Douglas B. King – Civil Litigation Defense, Personal Injury Products Defense, and Class Action/Mass Torts
  • E. Joseph Kremp – Real Estate and Business/Corporate
  • Kip S. McDonald* – Personal Injury Products Defense, and Class Action/Mass Torts Defense
  • John D. Nell – Health Care, Medical Malpractice Defense, and General Litigation
  • Michael Rabinowitch – Business Litigation, Land Use & Zoning, and Employment Litigation Defense
  • Daniel D. Trachtman – General Litigation, Business Litigation, and Class Action/Mass Tort Defense
  • Michael A. Valinetz* – Real Estate Finance and Real Estate Development
  • John D. Waller – Creditors’ Rights, Medical Malpractice Defense, and General Litigation

* Chosen to Rising Stars
** Named to the Top 50 list for the third year in a row

2015 Indiana Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi‐phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

Rising Stars list the top up-and-coming attorneys in Indiana for 2015. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.

Chambers USA
For twenty years, Chambers has published the leading directories of the legal profession. “They have 100 full-time researchers who interview thousands of lawyers and their clients around the world. This intensive, continuous research identifies the world’s leading lawyers and law firms – those which perform best according to the criteria most valued by clients. No lawyer can buy his way into our rankings.” The firm’s real estate practice is ranked in the highest band in Indiana. In addition, Tom Dinwiddie, John Hamilton, and E. Joseph Kremp are ranked in the real estate area and Douglas B. King in Commercial Litigation.

American College of Trial Lawyers
American College of Trial Lawyers – both John D. Nell and Douglas B. King are fellows of this organization which extends Fellowship “only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Although there are currently more than 5,700 Fellows across the U.S. and Canada, membership can never be more than 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province.”

The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
“For over 90 years, the Bar Register has been a unique guide to the legal community's most eminent professionals. It includes only those select law practices that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field.”

Trust and Estate Specialty Board
Kent Broach received his certification as a Board Certified Indiana Trust and Estate Lawyer.

Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association
Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association presented a lifetime achievement award to Thomas W. Dinwiddie.