January 20, 2014


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Best Lawyers names John M. Hessel “Lawyer of the Year”
for Litigation-First Amendment

We are proud to announce The Best Lawyers in America® has named John M. Hessel “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation-First Amendment for 2014 in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The 20th edition The Best Lawyers in America® awards the title “Lawyer of the Year” to attorneys in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community receives the honor. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-‎review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The honored lawyers received particularly high ‎ratings in these surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, ‎professionalism and integrity.

John M. Hessel represents business clients including local and national media entities, publishing companies, service institutions, manufacturers, municipal corporations and financial institutions, involved in commercial transactions and litigation. Representing clients in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Florida, California, Colorado, and New York, Mr. Hessel handles negotiations, litigation, arbitrations, and mediations involving First Amendment issues, contractual issues, intellectual property, complex litigation matters, and class actions.

A member of the Missouri and Illinois Bars, Mr. Hessel practices before the U.S. District Courts in the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois. He regularly appears in the Missouri Appellate Courts and has appeared in the Supreme Court of Missouri and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits. He is a frequent speaker on municipal and media law issues. He also serves on the Management Committee at Lewis Rice.

Throughout our Firm’s history, Lewis Rice attorneys have made excellence the foundation of our practice. Founded in 1909, more than a century of service has given us the experience, resources and tools to serve our clients’ dynamic needs. Our diverse team of more than 150 attorneys provides counsel and solutions for the challenges facing local, regional and national businesses, as well as individuals and families. Lewis Rice maintains offices in downtown St. Louis, suburban Town & Country, Washington and Jefferson City, Missouri and Edwardsville, Illinois. We also have offices in downtown Kansas City, Missouri and suburban Overland Park, Kansas.