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Provost Umphrey Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2014

Beaumont, TX Aug. 26: Provost Umphrey Law Firm is pleased to announce Bryan Blevins, "Chip" Ferguson, Joe Fisher, III, James Payne and Walter Umphrey have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

Blevins, Ferguson and Payne also are included in the 2014 Lawyers of the Year for Beaumont/Southeast Texas area: Blevins for Product Liability-Plaintiffs, Ferguson for Commercial Litigation; and Payne for Personal Injury-Plaintiffs.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored by Best Lawyers as a "Lawyer of the Year". Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review designation in the legal profession.

Bryan Blevins was Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year in 2005 and been recognized by his peers as a Texas Super Lawyer since its inception. On behalf of Provost*Umphrey and its many clients, Mr. Blevins currently serves on the Texas Asbestos MDL Liaison Committee; the Trust Advisory Committee (TAC) for the JT Thorpe, ShookFletcher, Asarco, AC&S, Kaiser Silica and DII Silica Trusts; the Creditors Committees for Pittsburgh Corning (asbestos) and APGreen ( silica) and as the asbestos liaison to the Texas Legislature for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. At ProvostUmphrey, Bryan serves as administrator, trial coordinator and litigator for its asbestos department including direct coordination of over 10,000 cases and assists with the administration and strategic planning of other mass tort dockets.

Paul "Chip" Ferguson is Board Certified in personal injury trial law and has specialized in personal injury and products liability cases over the entire course of his legal career. He has litigated cases across the United States involving diverse matters including industrial accidents, automobile collisions, 18-wheeler liability, automotive products liability, commercial products liability, asbestos and other toxic torts, and general negligence cases.

Joe Fisher is Board Certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In 2003, Joe was featured in Texas Lawyer magazine in its "40 under 40" lawyer, one of 40 lawyers under the age of 40 who had excelled in their respective fields. Fisher has been selected to the list of Texas Super Lawyers, by Thomson Reuters and Texas Monthly Magazine, since 2008. Fisher is a member of the State Bar of Texas; the Jefferson County Bar Association; and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

James Payne is a board-certified personal injury attorney who has worked at Provost*Umphrey since 1995. Payne was certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1999. The National Board of Trial Advocacy certified him in 2001 as a Certified Civil Trial Advocate and in 2012 as a Pretrial Practice Advocate. In 2003-2012, he was selected for Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business, which represents only 5 percent of the lawyers in the state. He recently became a certified member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Walter Umphrey began his career as a prosecuting attorney and ultimately Chief Felony Prosecutor for the Jefferson County District Attorney's office right out of Baylor Law School. Umphrey is board certified in the areas of Personal Injury Trial Law and Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

He is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. Umphrey was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business, 2003-2008, an honor only 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected for annually. Beyond the practice of law, Walter has provided unwavering support to important civic and community causes. He serves as Director of the National Wildlife Association, Director of the LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center, Director of both Texas Regional Bancshares, Inc., and Texas State Bank. Just recently, the newest cancer institute in Southeast Texas was named the Walter Umphrey Cancer Center.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal excellence. Best Lawyers are identified by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

For more than forty years, Provost*Umphrey's mission has remained to seek justice for those most in need - those who have suffered a personal injury or death due to the wrongful conduct of others. Our attorneys fight for our clients nationwide with offices in Beaumont and Houston Texas, Arkansas and Nashville, Tennessee. Provost Umphrey is Hard Working Lawyers for Hard Working People .