Best Lawyers in America
CECB is pleased to announce that three of the firm’s attorneys Clifford S. Brown, Thomas D. Peebles, Jr and Joseph “Chip” D. Sheppard, III were selected by their peers to be among the elite professionals for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. (Copyright 2012 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 more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 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.”
Cliff Brown was selected for inclusion in the practice area of Trust and Estates in Springfield, MO and was also selected in the area of Litigation – Trusts and Estates and was first honored in 1995. Cliff practices in the Estate Planning Group and concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust litigation and related tax matters. Cliff earned his law degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law in 1968.
Tom Peebles selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Trusts and Estates. Tom is a Shareholder in the Estate Planning Practice Group and practices in the areas of estate and wealth transfer planning and estate and trust administration. Tom earned his law degree in 1980 from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Chip Sheppard was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Chip is a Shareholder in the Litigation and Transactional Practice Groups and concentrates his practice in the areas of business, real estate, securities and intellectual property dispute resolution and transactions. Chip received his law degree in 1983 from Southern Methodist University.