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Jones Walker LLP Recognized in the 2017 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
December 13, 2016

NEW ORLEANS, December 13, 2016
—Jones Walker LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized as a recommended litigation firm in Louisiana and Mississippi in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America's leading litigation firms and attorneys. 
The guide specifically highlights New Orleans partners Mark A. Cunningham, Pauline F. Hardin, and R. Patrick Vance as "Local Litigation Stars," and Mark A. Mintz as a "Top Litigator Under 40." Additionally recognized are Baton Rouge partner Kevin O. Ainsworth as a "Future Star" and Jackson partner Jeffrey R. Barber as a "Local Litigation Star." 
  • Kevin O. Ainsworth is a partner in the Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group in Baton Rouge and currently concentrates his litigation practice on complex litigation and products liability suits claiming injury to people or property. 

  • Jeffrey R. Barber is a partner in the Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group in the Jackson office, and he focuses his practice on bankruptcy and creditors' rights.

  • Mark A. Cunningham is a partner on the Corporate Compliance & White Collar Defense team in New Orleans and maintains an active national trial and appellate practice focused on antitrust, intellectual property, export control, and securities disputes.

  • Pauline F. Hardin is a partner in New Orleans and serves as co-chair of the firm's Corporate Compliance & White Collar Defense Practice Group. Ms. Hardin has extensive experience litigating business, commercial, and labor matters. In the area of white-collar and other criminal defense, she has represented clients facing charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, false statements, bribery, public corruption, environmental violations, financial crimes, tax crimes, rape, murder, and many other violations. 

  • Mark A. Mintz is a partner in the Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group in the New Orleans office and focuses his practice on a wide range of creditor and debtor rights, especially in the bankruptcy context. 

  • R. Patrick Vance serves as the Practice Group Leader of the Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group in New Orleans and focuses his practice on business litigation, creditors' rights litigation, and bankruptcy. 
Jones Walker's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group attorneys provide litigation counsel, advice, and support to many of the world's largest corporations, as well as to prominent local and regional companies. The firm's litigation practice has considerable experience managing and resolving class actions in a variety of substantive areas, including antitrust, securities, and products liability, among others. 
About Benchmark Litigation
Benchmark Litigation premiered its first edition in 2008. The publication focuses exclusively on the United States national and regional litigation markets with research compiled over a six-month research period during extensive interviews with litigators and their clients.
About Jones Walker
Jones Walker LLP ( is among the 120 largest law firms in the United States serving local, regional, national, and international business interests with offices in Alabama, Arizona, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Texas. The firm is committed to providing a comprehensive range of legal services to major multinational, public and private corporations, Fortune® 500 companies, money center banks, worldwide insurers, and emerging companies doing business in the United States and abroad. 
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