Husch Blackwell received significant recognition as a top litigation firm in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation’s annual nationwide rankings. The list includes 8 healthcare attorneys from the firm’s Illinois and Missouri offices. Husch Blackwell had 22 attorneys total named on the list.

Husch Blackwell’s Litigation practice received the commendable “Recommended” ranking in Missouri and Nebraska, and the firm was reputed to have “one of the strongest toxic and mass tort practices in the country.”

In addition, Husch Blackwell partners Cynthia Cordes and Christine Miller were also named in the 2014 Benchmark Litigation Top 250 Women in Litigation rankings. They are two of only five attorneys in the state of Missouri to have received this honor.

The following Husch Blackwell healthcare attorneys listed in the 2015 Benchmark Litigation rankings are:


Local Litigation Star
James P. White – Intellectual Property


Kansas City 
Local Litigation Stars
Cynthia L. Cordes – Health Care, Life Sciences & Pharma; Technology, Manufacturing & Transport; White-Collar Crime/Enforcement/Investigations
William A. “Spike” Lynch – General Commercial, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability
John R. Phillips – General Commercial, Health Care, Labor/Employment

St. Louis
Local Litigation Stars
Gregory J. Minana – Business, Health Care, Product Liability
James F. Monafo – Health Care, Life Sciences & Pharma

Future Stars
Michael P. Nolan
Christopher A. Smith

Benchmark Litigation identifies the leading U.S. trial attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Focused exclusively on the U.S. litigation market, the publication’s rankings and editorials are the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. The guide’s “local litigation stars” are recommended consistently by peers and clients as reputable and effective litigators, while “future stars” are litigators who are highlighted as likely to be become “local litigation stars” in coming editions.