Best Lawyers Names Three Wiggin and Dana Partners as "Lawyers of the Year"

December 14, 2011

New Haven - Wiggin and Dana is proud to announce partners Melinda Agsten, Susan Bryson and Michelle Wilcox DeBarge have been named Best Lawyers 2012 "Lawyers of the Year."

Each partner was designated "Lawyer of the Year" in legal categories within her community including Melinda Agsten, partner in the firm's Health Care Department in New Haven for Health Care; Susan Bryson, partner in the firm's Real Estate, Environmental and Energy Department, for Real Estate in New Haven; and Michelle Wilcox DeBarge, partner in the firm's Health Care Department for Health Care in the Hartford area.

Only one lawyer in each category in each community receives this honor. In 2012, The Best Lawyers in America® has named Melinda Agsten the Best Lawyers' New Haven Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year; Susan J. Bryson Best Lawyers' New Haven Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year; and Michelle Wilcox DeBarge Best Lawyers' Hartford Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year.

The lawyers being honored as "Lawyers of the Year" have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, "We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one's peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Melinda, Susan and Michelle on being selected as Best Lawyers ‘Lawyers of the Year' for 2012."

According to the Best Lawyers website, the Best Lawyers' selection process is based on an extensive
peer-review survey in which more than 41,000 attorneys cast almost 3.9 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. For more information about Best Lawyers' methodology, please click here.