Congratulations to my long-time colleague James (Jim) Botti on his 2011 Best Lawyers Banking Lawyer of the Year recognition. According to Best Lawyers, Jim was chosen based on his particularly high ratings in Best Lawyers’ surveys by earning a high level of respect among his peers for his abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

Jim has spent nearly all of his 28-year career representing banks and other financial institutions in negotiating and documenting complex commercial loan transactions and in handling troubled loan or “workout” situations both inside and outside of bankruptcy. He also represents many non-financial institution lenders in collecting money owed to them by commercial borrowers of all types. In addition, he represents a number of borrowers in negotiating complex commercial loan transactions and assisting them in troubled loan or workout situations.

Congratulations, again, Jim. To see a full list of the Porter Wright partners with the 2011 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year distinction, please visit our website.