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Eight Payne & Fears Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers

Congratulations to the eight Payne & Fears partners recognized by Best Lawyers® 2021. Additionally, James L. Payne has been named "Lawyer of the Year."

Partners recognized in the following practice areas:

Employment Law – Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment

Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation - Labor and Employment

Insurance Law

Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Intellectual Property

Commercial Litigation and Litigation Real Estate


About Best Lawyers 

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.



Benjamin A. Nix, Partner
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Daniel F. Fears, Managing Partner
Managing Partner
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Daniel M. Livingston, Partner
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J. Kelby Van Patten, Partner
kvp [at]
James L. Payne, Founding Partner
Founding Partner
jlp [at]
Jeffrey K. Brown, Partner
jkb [at]
Scott S. Thomas, Partner
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Thomas L. Vincent, Partner.
tlv [at]