Debra S. Katz is Named to List of Top Attorneys in the Washington, D.C., Metro Area

Debra S. Katz is named by "Super Lawyers" to its list of top lawyers in the Washington, D.C. area, published in the New York Times. The list was compiled through a rigorous peer-review process, followed by an evaluation of the lawyers' expertise, awards, and cases. Only 5% of Washington, D.C. lawyers are included on the list.

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The Top Attorneys in the Washington, D.C., Metro Area

Washington DC Super Lawyers
March 15, 2007

WELCOME to WASHINGTON DC SUPER LAWYERS

Law & Politics has been publishing magazines for an attorney audience since 1990.

Law & Politics strictle adheres to a rigorous selection process with the goals of casting as wide a net as possible, evaluating quality in the most objective possible terms and verifying and validating all data. The only way a lawyer can be listed in Super Lawyers magazine is through this selection process. The determination of whether a lawyer will be placed on the Super Lawyers list is independent of advertising or any other payments. No other legal publisher identifies qualified candidates by using a multi-step evalution process that incorporates peer recognition and professional achievement. Law & Politics uses a system of balloting, peer evalution and internal research, which acts as a system of checks and balances. The resulting product is a diverse and comprehensive listing of outstanding lawyers.

SELECTION PROCESS

STEP ONE: Creation of the Candidate Pool

Survey of lawyers

  • Law & Politics mailed more than 35,000 ballots to active lawyers in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
  • Lawyers were asked to nominate the best attorneys they've personally observed in action.
  • Nominees need not be in privet practice. Lawyers were able to nominate legal aid attorneys, prosecutors and in-house counsel.
  • Lawyers were able to nominate attorneys in their own firm, but those nominations counted only if each in-firm nomination was matched by at least one out-of-firm nomination.
  • Each nomination carried a point value. An out-of-firm vote had substatially greater point value than an in-firm vote.
  • Lawyers were not able to vote for themselves.
  • Utilizing our database, researchers kept track of who votad for whom, a process that helped detect attempts to manipulate the balloting.

Independent candidate search

  • Law & Politics' research department also searched for outstanding Washington, D.C., metro area lawyers by:
      - Reviewing national and local periodicals as well as legal trade journals
      - Searching professional databases and online sources
      - Conducting in-person and telephonic meetings with law firms
  • This step was designed to identify practitioners who may have been missed in the balloting process, particularly highly talented lawyers in specialty areas or those with low-visibility, yet high-quality, practices.

STEP TWO: Evaluation of Candidates

  • Law & Politics' research department examined the bakcground and experience of candidates, evaluating indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.
  • Factors considered in evaluating candidates were:
      - Verdicts and settlements
      - Transactions
      - Representative clients
      - Experience
      - Honors and awards
      - Special licenses and certifications
      - Position within law firm
      - Bar and/or other professional activity
      - Pro bono and community service
      - Scholarly lectures and writings
      - Education and employment background
      - Other outstanding achievements

STEP THREE: PEER EVALUATION BY PRACTICE AREA

  • Those candidates with high point totals from the balloting and qualitative evalution steps were asked to be on a blue ribbon panel for their practice area.
  • Panelists reviewed and evaluated candidates from their practice area.
  • Panelists added candidates who were then passed along to research for evaluation.

FINAL SELECTION

  • Law & Politics' divided candidates according to their firm size: large, medium and small (size categories vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction), and selected those with the highest point totals from each category. Only 5 percent of the total lawyers in the Washington, D.C., metro area are listed in Super Lawyers.

BEFORE PUBLISHING

  • Law & Politics' research staff checked each candidate's standing with the local licensing authority.
  • Candidates were asked to aver that they have not been subject to disciplinary or criminal proceedings, and to confirm the accuracy of contact and practice area information.
  • Final Internet searches were performed on each candidate to ensure there were no outstanding matters that would reflect adversely on the lawyer.

This is the 2007 Washington DC Super Lawyers listing,
arranged by primary area of practice.

Names and page numbers in boldface indicate a profile on the specified page.

Employment & Labor, cont'd from page 25.

"Truth is the glue that holds government together, not only government but civilization itself."
- Gerald R. Ford
(1913-2006)

Bernabei, Lynne, The Bernabei Law Firm. Washington DC, 202-745-1942 Pg.33
Both, Charles R., Law Offices of Charles Both. Washington DC, 202-833-9060
Bredehoft, Elaine Charlson, Charlson Bredehoft & Cohen. Reston VA, 703-318-6800 Pg.19,20
Brown, Barbara B., Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. Washington DC, 202-551-1717 Pg.20
Brown, Stanley J., Hogan & Hartson. McLean VA, 703-610-6100
Cashdan, David R., Cashdan & Kane. Washington DC, 202-862-4330
Cohen, Charles I., Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Washington DC, 202-739-3000
Coleman, Francis T., Williams Mullen. Washington DC, 202-293-8120
Coleman, James M., Constangy Brooks & Smith. Fairfax VA, 571-522-6100
Collins, Jeremiah A., Bredhoff & Kaiser. Washington DC, 202-842-2600
Davis, Robert P., Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw. Washington DC, 202-263-3000
Dufek, Robert A., Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Washington DC, 202-739-3000
Eastman, Hope B., Paley Rothman. Bethesda MD, 301-951-9326 Pg.20
Fellner, Baruch, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Washington DC, 202-955-8500
Fishman, Burton J., Fortney & Scott. Washington DC, 202-689-1200
Fitzpatrick, Robert B., Robert B. Fitzpatrick. Washington DC, 202-588-5300
Flaherty, Thomas J., Littler Mendelson. McLean VA, 703442-8425
Flanagan, William P., Hogan & Hartson. McLean VA, 703-610-6100
Freund, Jeffrey R., Bredhoff & Kaiser. Washington DC, 202-842-2600
Gagliardo, Thomas J., The Gagliardo Law Firm. Silver Spring MD, 301-589-1900
Gallagher, John J., Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. Washington DC, 202-551-1700
Gebhardt, Joseph D., Gebhardt & Associates. Washington DC, 202-496-0400
Gold, Laurence, Bredhoff & Kaiser. Washington DC, 202-842-2600
Hoffman, Steven K., James & Hoffman. Washington DC, 202-496-0500
Huron, Douglas B., Heller Huron Chertkof Lerner Simon & Salzman. Washington DC, 202-293-8090
Irvind, John S., Kirkland & Ellis. Washington DC, 202-879-5000
Isler, Edward Lee, Isler Dare Ray & Radcliffe. Vienna VA, 703-748-2690 Pg.19
James, Edgar N., James & Hoffman. Washington DC, 202-496-0500
Johnson, Barbara L., Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. Washington DC, 202-551-1700 Pg.20
Katz, Debra S., Katz, Marshall & Banks. Washington DC, 202-299-1140 Pg. 34
Kelley, James J., Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Washington DC, 202-739-3000
Kohn, Stephen M., Kohn Kohn & Colapinto. Washington DC, 202-342-6980
Kramer, Andrew M., Jones Day, Washington DC, 202-879-3939 Pg.19
Kruchko, John G., Kruchko & Fries. McLean VA, 703-734-0554
Levin, Edward R., Saul Ewing. Washington DC, 202-342-3420
Lieber, Gary L., Saul Ewing. Washington DC, 202-342-3410
Livingston, Donald R., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Washington DC, 202-887-4000
Lyons, Mona, Law Office of Mona lyons. Washington DC, 202-387-7000
Marino, III, Michael F., Hunton & Williams. McLean VA, 703-714-7400
Marshall, Alison B., Jones Day. Washington DC, 202-879-3939
McWilliams, Karen Turner, DLA Piper US. Reston VA, 703-773-4000
Morris, Jr., Frank C., Epstein becker & Green. Washington DC, 202-861-0900
Mukherjee, Misti, Odin Feldman & Pittleman. Fairfax VA, 703-218-2117
Munro, Donald J., Goodwin Procter. Washington DC, 202-346-4000
Murphy, Betty Southard, Baker Hostetler. Washington DC, 202-861-1500
O'Connor, Nancy Morrison, Bracewell & Giuliani. Washington DC, 202-828-5800
Osborne, Jr., William W., Osborne Law Office. Washington DC, 202-243-3200
Pivec, Mary E., Attorney at Law. Washington DC, 202-772-5310
Ray, Steven W., Isler Dare Ray & Radcliffe. Vienna VA, 703-748-2690
Rissetto, Harry A., Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Washington DC, 202-739-3000
Salem, George R., Law Offices of George R. Salem. Washington DC, 202-689-7140
Salzman, Richard A., Heller Hunor Chertkof Lerner Simon & Salzman. Washington DC, 202-293-8090
Santucci, Joseph E., Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Washington DC, 202-739-5398
Sawyer, Thomas J., Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. Tysons Corner VA, 703-790-3310
Shepard, Ira M., Saul Ewing. Washington DC, 202-342-3419
Smith, Marc J., Smith Lease & Goldstein. Rockville MD, 301-838-8950
Smith, Robert J., Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Washington DC, 202-739-5065
Sterling, Donald N., Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll & Greenfeig. Rockville MD, 301-838-3202
Tedrow, Sally M., O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue. Washington DC, 202-362-0041
Weinberg, Robert M., Bredhoff & Kaiser. Washington DC, 202-842-2600
Welter, Eric, Welter Law Firm. Herndon VA, 703-435-8500
Westman, Daniel P., Morrison & Foerster. McLean VA, 703-760-7795
Willner, Kenneth M., Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. Washington DC, 202-551-1700 Pg.35
Wyatt, Jr., Richard L., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Washington DC, 202-887-4000
Zipin, Philip B., The Zipin Law Firm. Silver Spring MD, 301-587-9373

Employment Litigation: Defense

Banks, Jr., James L., Seyfarth Shaw. Washington DC, 202-828-3589
Cohn, Joel M., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Washington DC, 202-887-4000
Dare, R. Mark, Isler Dare Ray & Radcliffe. Vienna VA, 703-748-2690
Dimersky, Michael A., Furey Doolan & Abell. Chevy Chase MD, 301-652-6880
Gnatt, Sheldon L., Knight Manzi Nussbaum & La Placa. Upper Marlboro MD, 301-952-0100
Judkins, Julia B., Trichilo Bancroft McGavin Horvath & Judkins. Fairfax VA, 703-385-1000
Mishkin, Douglas B., Patton Boggs. Washington DC, 202-457-6000
Mueller, Michael J., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Washington DC, 202-887-4000
Murphy, Thomas P., Hunton & Williams. McLean VA, 703-714-7533 Pg.19
Robinson, Stephen W., McGuireWoods. McLean VA, 703-712-5469
Speights, Grace E., Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Washington DC, 202-739-3000 Pg. 20
Wolffe, Beth C., The Wolffe Law Firm. Arlington VA, 703-536-1654

Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

Bennett, Joel P., Law Office of Joel Bennett. Washington DC, 202-625-1970
Cook, John C., Allred Bacon Halfhill & Young. Fairfax VA, 703-352-1300
Kohn, Michael D., Kohn Kohn & Colapinto. Washington DC, 202-342-6980

Energy & Natural Resources

Andril, David T., Vinson & Elkins. Washington DC, 202-639-6500
Angle, Stephen, Vinson & Elkins. Washington DC, 202-639-6565
Attanasio, Donna M., Dewey Ballantine. Washington DC, 202-862-2372
Bachman, Gary, Van Ness Feldman. Washington DC, 202-298-1800
Bowe, Jr., James F., Dewey Ballantine. Washington DC, 202-862-1444
Brose, Steven H., Steptoe & Johnson. Washington DC, 202-429-3000
Curtiss, James R., Winston & Strawn. Washington DC, 202-282-5751
Eisenstat, Larry F., Dickstein Shapiro. Washington DC, 202-420-2200
Estes, III, John N., Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Washington DC, 202-371-7000
Fogel, J. Cathy, Sullivan & Worcester. Washington DC, 202-776-1200
Fremuth, Michael J., Andrews Kurth. Washington DC, 202-662-2700
Grenier, Jr., Edward J., Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Washington DC, 202-383-0100
Gutierrez, Jay M., Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Washington DC, 202-739-5466
Haskell, Mark R., Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Washington DC, 202-739-3000
Heffernan, Barbara K., Schiff Hardin. Washington DC, 202-778-6400 Pg. 20
Jaffe, Kenneth G., Alston & Bird. Washington DC, 202-756-3300
Kiely, Bruce F., Baker Botts. Washington DC, 202-639-7700
Klepper, Martin, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Washington DC, 202-371-7000
Koch, Amy, Patton Boggs. Washington DC, 202-457-6000
Leggette, L. Poe, Fulbright & Jaworski. Washington DC, 202-662-0200
Lipson, Kevin J., Hogan & Hartson. Washington DC, 202-637-5400
McCrea, Keith R., Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Washington DC, 202-383-0100
McGrane, John D., Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Washington DC, 202-739-5621
Mohler, Paul B., Heller Ehrman. Washington DC, 202-912-2000
Moore, Margaret P., Van Ness Feldman. Washington DC, 202-298-1800
Naeve, Clifford M., Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Washington DC, 202-371-7000
Nordstrom, Paul E., Sullivan & Worcester. Washington DC, 202-775-1200
Norton, IV, Floyd L., Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Washington DC, 202-739-3000
O'Donnell, Earle H., Dewey Ballantine. Washington DC, 202-862-2327
O'Sullivan, John, Chadbourne & Parke. Washington DC, 202-974-5610
Quirk, Sherry A., Sullivan & Worcester. Washington DC, 202-775-1200 Pg. 20
Raskin, David B., Steptoe & Johnson. Washington DC, 202-429-3000
Reiter, Harvey L., Stinson Morrison Hecker. Washington DC, 202-728-3016

Securities Litigation

Eggleston, W. Neil., Debevoise & Plimpton. Washington DC, 202-383-8000
Ellsworth, Larry P., Jenner & Block. Washington DC, 202-639-6000
Gorman, Thomas 0., Porter Wright Morris & Arthur. Washington DC, 202-778-3000
Mahoney, Colleen P., Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Washington DC, 202-371 -7000 Pg. 20
Schiffman, Howar, Dickstein Shapiro. Washington DC, 202-420-2200
Schropp, James H., Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. Washington DC, 202-639-7000
Toll, Steven J., Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll. Washington DC, 202-408-4600

Tax

Alexander, Donald C., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Washington DC, 202-887-4000
Anwyll, J. Bradford, Alston & Bird. Washington DC, 202-756-3432
Ballard, Jr., Frederic L., Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll. Washington DC, 202-661-2200
Beller, Herbert N., Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Washington DC, 202-383-0120
Birnkrant, Henry J., Alston & Bird. Washington DC, 202-756-3300
Cohen, David M., Linowes & Blocher. Bethesda MD, 301-961-5167
Cohen, Sheldon S., Farr Miller & Washington. Washington DC, 202-530-5609
Cole, Robert T., Alston & Bird. Washington DC, 202-756-3300
Culbertson, Robert E., King & Spalding. Washington DC, 202-737-0500
Curtin, David J., McKee Nelson. Washington DC, 202-775-1880
De Jong, David S., Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll & Greenfeig. Rockville MD, 301-838-3204
Etter, Craig A., Greenberg Traurig. McLean VA, 703-749-1300
Fox, Eric, Ivins Phillips & Barker. Washington DC, 202-393-7600
Gibbs, Lawrence B., Miller & Chevalier. Washington DC, 202-626-5800 Pg. 19
Gideon, Kenneth W., Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Washington DC, 202-371-7000 Pg. 19
Ginsburg, Martin D., Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. Washington DC, 202-639-7030
Granwell, Alan W., Ivins Phillips & Barker. Washington DC, 202-393-7600
Grigsby, McGee, Latham & Watkins. Washington DC, 202-637-2200
Groom, Theodore R., Groom Law Group. Washington DC, 202-857-0620
Gutman, Harry L., KPMG. Washington DC, 202-533-3044
Hevener, Mary B., Baker & McKenzie. Washington DC, 202-452-7000 Pg. 20
Horvitz, Eric F., Odin Feldman & Pittleman. Fairfax VA, 703-218-2100
Hyde, Terrill A., Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Washington DC, 202-663-6000
Johnston, Thomas D., Miller & Chevalier. Washington DC, 202-626-5800
Kaden, Alan S., Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. Washington DC, 202-639-7000
Kafka, Gerald A., Latham & Watkins. Washington DC, 202-637-2200 Pg. 19
Klein, Kenneth, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw. Washington DC, 202-263-3000
Laughlin, Felix B., Dewey Ballantine. Washington DC, 202-862-1040
Lewis, Patricia G., Caplin & Drysdale. Washington DC, 202-862-5000 Pg. 20
Libin, Jerome B., Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Washington DC, 202-383-0100 Pg. 19
Magee, John B., McKee Nelson. Washington DC, 202-775-1880
McKee, William S., McKee Nelson. Washington DC, 202-775-1880 Pg. 19
Michel, Scott D., Caplin & Drysdale. Washington DC, 202-862-5000


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Debra S. Katz

Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor
  • Civil Rights

Debra Katz has been successfully representing employees in discrimination, civil rights and whistleblower protection matters for more than 20 years. She recently founded Katz, Marshall & Banks, a boutique plaintiff's law firm that specializes in employment discrimination, Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower, sexual harassment, disability and consumer class action claims. Numerous publications, such as The New York Times and The Washington Post have recognized Ms. Katz's expertise in these areas, and Washingtonian magazine has recognized her as one of the toughest employment lawyers in Washington, D.C. Katz, Marshall & Banks is a national practice, based in Washington, D.C.