Talent abounds among applicants for BP litigation steering committee

Last Monday was the deadline for lawyers to apply for a prized spot on the plaintiffs' steering committee that will lead the multidistrict litigation against BP over the oil spill. Deciding who will make it onto the panel won't be easy. So far, there have been over 300 lawsuits filed by more than 100 lawyers, many of whom have appeared regularly on a Super Lawyers or a Rising Stars list. These talented lawyers include:

  • Kurt Arnold: Arnold & Itkin, Texas Rising Stars (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010)
  • Richard Arsenault: Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Dawn Barrios: Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Daniel E. Becnel: Jr., on behalf of his firm, Becnel Law Firm, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007, 2010)
  • Scott Bickford: Martzell & Bickford, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007 -2010)
  • David Boies: New York Super Lawyers-Metro Edition (2007-2010)
  • Anthony (Tony) Buzbee: The Buzbee Law Firm, Texas Rising Stars (2004), Texas Super Lawyers (2004, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Elizabeth Cabraser: Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, Northern California Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Brent Coon: Brent Coon and Associates, Texas Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Lewis "Mike" Eidson: Colson Hicks Eidson, Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Calvin Faynard: Fayard & Honeycutt, Southern California Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Thomas Girardi: Girardi Keese Southern California Super Lawyers (2004-2010)
  • Ervin Gonzalez: Colson Hicks Eidson, Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Stuart Z Grossman: Grossman Roth, Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Stephen Herman: Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Rhon Jones: Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, Alabama Super Lawyers (2009-2010)
  • Mark Lanier: The Lanier Law Firm, Texas Super Lawyers (2003-2010)
  • Walter Leger Jr.: Leger & Shaw, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Ronald Motley: Motley Rice, South Carolina Super Lawyers (2008-2010)
  • Mike Papantonio: Levin Papantonio, Florida Super Lawyers (2006 to 2010)
  • Ronnie Penton: Law Offices of Ronnie G. Penton, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2008-2010)
  • Joseph Rice: Motley Rice, South Carolina Super Lawyers (2008 -2010)
  • James Roy, Domengeaux: Wright, Roy & Edwards, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007 -2010)
  • Christian Searcy: Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Christopher Seeger: Seeger Weiss, New York Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Matthew Shaffer: Schechter McElwee Shaffer & Harris, Texas Super Lawyers (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • James Singleton: Singleton Law Firm, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Scott Summy: Baron & Budd, Texas Super Lawyers (2008-2010)
  • K. Luan Tran: Lee Tran & Liang, Southern California Rising Stars (2005-2007)
  • Perry Weitz: Weitz & Luxenberg, New York Super Lawyers-Metro Edition (2006-2010)
  • John Eddie Williams Jr.: Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas, Texas Super Lawyers (2003 -2010)