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CHARLESTON, WV -

Nineteen attorneys from Kay Casto & Chaney have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America's list for 2014. 

Those honored in the firm's Charleston office include Robert B. Allen (Arbitration, Criminal Defense — White Collar, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation), Rebecca Betts (Commercial Litigation),William W. Booker (Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, and Litigation — Banking and Finance), Richard E. Boyle Jr. (Gaming Law, Litigation & Controversy — Tax, Tax Law), Michael T. Chaney (Corporate Law), John R. Hoblitzell (Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation), Craig M. Kay (Litigation — Trusts & Estates, Litigation and Controversy — Tax, Tax Law, Trusts and Estate Law), John R. McGhee Jr. (Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation — Defendants), Jonathan Nicol (Real Estate Law, Litigation — Real Estate), Howard G. Salisbury Jr. (Workers' Compensation law — Employers), James M. Sturgeon (Corporate Law, Litigation & Controversy — Tax, Tax Law), Steven L. Thomas (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Litigation — Bankruptcy), Stephen A. Weber (Employment Law — Management, Labor Law — Management, Litigation — Labor & Employment) and Constance H. Weber (Employment Law — Individuals).

Five other attorneys at the firm's Morgantown office also earned the Best Lawyers distinction: Debra A. Bowers (Family Law), Teresa J. Dumire (Insurance Law, Litigation — Construction, Personal Injury Litigation — Defendants), Stephen G. Higgins (Commercial Litigation), Debra H. Scudiere (Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation — Defendants) and Timothy P. Stranko (Environmental Law, Water Law).

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey. For the new U.S. edition, more than 50 percent of the lawyers listed in Best Lawyers cast more than 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in the same and related specialties.

Because of the rigorous and transparent methodology used by Best Lawyers, 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."