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Nine Whatcom County lawyers honored with Super Lawyer designation

Here's a news release about this year's local lawyers that made the Super Lawyer list:

Nine Whatcom County attorneys have been recognized as 2014 Super Lawyers by Washington Super Lawyers Magazine. Listed alphabetically, along with their areas of practice, they are: 

Dean Brett, of Brett Murphy Coats Knapp McCandlis and Brown, focusing on major personal injury and wrongful death law.

Philip Buri, of Buri Funston Mumford, focused on appeals, civil litigation, and community associations.

Robert D. Butler, of the Law Office of Robert D. Butler, concentrating on criminal defense and employment litigation law.

Frank Chmelik, of Chmelik Sitkin & Davis, practicing law in the areas of business transactions, environmental cleanup and compliance, and municipal government.

Jeffrey A. Lustick, of Lustick, Kaiman & Madrone, PLLC, focused on state and federal criminal defense, aviation law, and military law. 

Barry Meyers, Elder Law Offices of Barry M. Meyers, practicing law in the areas of estate planning, advocating, counseling and education for client disability, aging, illness, incapacity, and death. 

John Murphy, of Brett Murphy Coats Knapp McCandlis and Brown, focused on major personal injury and wrongful death law.

Jon Sitkin, of Chmelik Sitkin & Davis, focusing on zoning, land-use planning, real estate, municipal government, and water law.

J. Bruce Smith, of Barron Smith Daugert, practicing law in the areas of estate planning law and estate/trust administration.

The Super Lawyer program was created in 1991 as a way to establish a credible, objective and comprehensive listing of outstanding attorneys, to be used as a resource by both attorneys and those seeking legal counsel. The program relies on a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Super Lawyers' attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.