In its 2008 rankings, Chambers USA described Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC as a leader in the practice of government contracts and construction law. Chambers sources described it as an "impressive" firm with a "strong and stable presence in the marketplace." Sources also appreciated the firm's "straightforward and practical approach to the solution of problems" and described the firm's bid protest practice as capable of "hold[ing] its own against anyone." Five attorneys were identified as leaders in their areas of practice based on an extensive survey of clients and peers:
Richard F. Smith, Senior Statesman for Construction
John S. Pachter, Government Contracts
Val S. McWhorter, Construction
Mark E. Hanson for Construction
Brian J. Vella for Construction
Chambers described Richard F. Smith "as one of the most respected mediators on the circuit", Val McWhorter as “deserv[ing] the highest possible marks for his work representing large contractors,” noting that “more often than not, he comes out on top”, and John S. Pachter as a "leading figure in the bid protest world." In addition, Mark Hanson and Brian Vella "both … enjoy the respect of their peers and the loyal support of their clients."
Chambers USA listed Richard C. Johnson and Stephen D. Knight as "keys" to the firm's success for their government contracts expertise in cost allowability. Finally, a client commented that “the quality of the junior lawyers is extremely impressive.”
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