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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Mike O'DonnellJohn VaughtMalcolm WheelerThe Best Lawyers in America® selected three Wheeler Trigg Kennedy lawyers for inclusion in the 2007 edition of this rigorously peer-reviewed directory. Malcolm E. Wheeler is listed in the practice areas of Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation, John M. Vaught is listed in the practice area of Insurance Law, and Michael L. O'Donnell is listed in four practice areas - Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation.

Mr. O'Donnell's national litigation practice focuses on complex civil litigation involving product liability, toxic tort, commercial matters, and legal malpractice. He has appeared in state and federal courts in 25 states. Mr. O'Donnell has acted as national or regional trial counsel for a number of Fortune 500 companies, and currently is national trial counsel for Boston Scientific, CNA, Guidant, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer Inc. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is Chairman of Network-member Wheeler Trigg Kennedy.

Mr. Wheeler's national law practice focuses on large and complex business litigation and product liability litigation, especially nationwide "pattern" litigation, class actions, and major appeals. He has defended manufacturers at trial in several highly publicized cases, including the Pinto criminal prosecution, the Kearns windshield-wiper patent case, the first "no airbag" case tried to verdict, the first defective airbag case tried to verdict, and cases in the medical device, pharmaceutical, chemical, automotive, and appliance industries. Mr. Wheeler serves as national trial counsel to Pfizer, Ford, and Whirlpool. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 1998, he was named to The National Law Journal's list of Top Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Vaught's practice emphasizes complex commercial litigation, including insurance class action matters, liability and director and officer insurance disputes, corporate governance issues, trade secrets, antitrust, and securities fraud class actions. Mr. Vaught has substantial litigation, mediation and trial experience in the federal courts and in Colorado involving complex commercial litigation. He serves as regional counsel for Allstate Insurance on complex litigation matters and represents several other major insurance carriers.

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