Bangor, Maine, September 15, 2021: Eight attorneys from Rudman Winchell were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2022Best Lawyers 2022 utilizes the consensus of leading community lawyers regarding the professional abilities of their colleagues. Thus, the recognition Rudman Winchell received is based entirely on peer-review feedback. Eight attorneys were selected to Best Lawyers® in their designated practice field, and two of these eight attorneys, Edmond Bearor and William Hanson, were also named Lawyer of the Year, each identified as a single outstanding lawyer in their practice area in the greater Bangor Region.  We are also proud to announce that an additional three attorneys, Joshua A. Randlett, Kristy M. Hapworth, and Michael A. Hockenbury, were recognized in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch, which recognizes attorneys who have practiced for under ten years for their outstanding professional excellence.

Rudman Winchell’s recognition includes eight attorneys covering twelve practice areas, specifically:

We are incredibly proud that attorneys Edmond Bearor and William Hanson were named Best Lawyers®: Lawyer of the Year.  Attorney Edmond J. Bearor, for his dedication and highly skilled work in Land Use and Zoning Law, and Attorney William H. Hanson, is recognized for his experienced and devoted work in Real Estate Law.

The Lawyer of the Year recognition is awarded to attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for their specific practice area and geographic region.  Only one attorney is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” per practice area and geography, and there are not two attorneys more deserving of this honor than Attorneys Bearor and Hanson.

One of the hallmarks of a great law firm is its ability to attract and retain the next generation of legal talent.  We are honored that three of our attorneys have been awarded the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch designation in recognition of their outstanding professional excellence.

Attorney Michael A. Hockenbury received a 2022 Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch recognition for Criminal Defense: General Practice. Attorney Hockenbury has an unmatched passion and advocacy for defending his clients.

Attorney Kristy M. Hapworth received a 2022 Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch recognition for her work in Trusts and Estates.  As an attorney specializing in Estate Planning, Kristy is passionate about helping people protect the assets of one generation to the next.

Attorney Joshua Randlett was awarded the 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for his work in Labor and Employment Law – Management. This marks Joshua’s second selection to the list, and it highlights his dedication to his clients and his focus on advising and representing businesses in employment related matters.

In light of this recognition, Firm Administrator Michelle H. Beal says: “We are extremely proud of all the attorneys here at Rudman Winchell. Our attorneys and staff work very hard for our clients and the communities we work and live in. We are very pleased they are being recognized for their efforts.”

Rudman Winchell has been serving the people and communities of Maine for over 100 years.  We are intimately connected to the communities in which our staff work and live.  Our team serves on over 50 boards within the community, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm generously contributed to help nonprofits from the surrounding area.  Additionally, since March of last year, Attorney Anne-Marie Storey, who is recognized as a 2022 Best Lawyer, has been regularly partnering with many Chambers of Commerce around the state to address community questions regarding employment legislation relevant to COVID-19. These remote sessions have helped many Maine businesses throughout the pandemic.

Rudman Winchell serves the people and institutions of the greater Bangor area, the State of Maine, and the United States. With over two dozen attorneys, the firm continues to provide nationally recognized legal services and expertise rooted in sound, effective, and practical counsel.

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Carin Sychterz – Manager of Business Development



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