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Seven Peck Shaffer Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers

John Peck '69CINCINNATI, Ohio, August 2012 – Seven partners with Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

They are Dirk M. Bedarff, John W. Fischer III, John Weld Peck, Roger L. Peterman, Glendon B. Pratt, Dennis G. Schwallie and Brenda A. Wehmer. All were honored for their work in Public Finance Law, while Mr. Fischer was also selected in the Administrative/Regulatory Law practice area. Mr. Schwallie has been included in Best Lawyers every year since 2006; Mr. Fischer, Mr. Peck, Mr. Peterman and Mr. Pratt since 2007, and Mr. Bedarff has been cited by the publication since 2010. Ms. Wehmer was selected for the first time this year.

Mr. Bedarff, who serves as chair of the firm’s management committee, has more than 20 years of experience in public finance with a particular emphasis on traditional governmental issues. He regularly advises agencies and departments for the Commonwealth of Kentucky as well as cities, counties, and school districts. Mr. Bedarff is a frequent speaker at municipal workshops and conferences. He works out of the firm’s Covington, Ky., office.

Mr. Fischer has more than 40 years of experience working in public finance. He has advised clients on a range of tax-exempt financings for health care facilities ranging from small rural facilities to national and regional health care systems. His current practice includes nursing care and continuing care residential communities. He is a frequent writer and speaker on public finance issues. Mr. Fischer works in the Cincinnati office.

Mr. Peck has more than four decades of experience in public finance law and is widely recognized as an innovator in tax-exempt multifamily housing finance. He is a frequent speaker or panelist in the multifamily finance area, and he is currently serving as vice president for the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association. Mr. Peck works in the Cincinnati office.

Brenda Wehmer '91

Mr. Pratt has worked in public finance law for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience in health care, housing and industrial development, including financings for hospitals, continuing care retirement communities and senior housing facilities. Mr. Pratt is a frequent presenter and panelist for client groups and industry organizations. Mr. Pratt works in the Columbus office.

Mr. Peterman has been in the forefront of Kentucky public finance law for 30 years and has played a major role in enhancing the public finance tools available to state and local governments. Mr. Peterman represents state and local governments, has worked with nonprofit organizations and has helped structure financings for numerous economic development projects. He is chairman of the Northern Kentucky Port Authority, has served several terms on the Fort Thomas, Ky., City Council, and is a board member for Southbank Partners. Mr. Peterman works in the Covington office.

Mr. Schwallie, who works in the Columbus office, has more than 30 years of experience in public finance law. His work includes innovative structured financings for convention centers in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, and for political subdivisions undergoing fiscal distress. He is a frequent speaker on public finance topics for groups such as the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, the Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Municipal League, the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, and the Ohio State Bar Association.

Ms. Wehmer has provided public finance counsel to government and school officials throughout Ohio for two decades. Ms. Wehmer frequently speaks at seminars and conferences including the Ohio Government Finance Officers' Association annual conference, Ohio State Auditor's training sessions, Buckeye Association of School Administrators conferences and the Center for Local Government Seminar. Ms. Wehmer works in Peck Shaffer’s Cincinnati office.

Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, serving lawyers for more than 25 years. Selection to Best Lawyers is based solely on a survey of other lawyers.

About Peck Shaffer

Peck Shaffer is a national leader in public finance law, with offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Covington, Kentucky, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, and Denver, Colorado. Peck Shaffer is regularly ranked among the top bond counsel firms in the country (based on principal amount) by information intelligence company Thomson Reuters. More information can be found at