Best Lawyers Announces 2023 Awards

Best Lawyers has released its recipients for 2023, and F&P is honored to announce our attorneys who have received this designation. Principal Michael Prokopik is a first-time designee for “Best Lawyers,” and counsel Renee Bowen has been recognized for the first time in the “Ones to Watch” category. Firm president and principal Bert Randall received the top “Lawyer of the Year” honor for Workers’ Compensation Law.

Best Lawyers implements a 100% peer review process evaluating more than 13 million attorneys in 147 practices area throughout 76 countries worldwide. Best Lawyers has narrowed down the nominees to just over 130,000 lawyers recognized. Criteria for “Best Lawyers” include legal expertise, ethics, and professionalism and are awarded to attorneys who have been in practice for more than ten years. “Ones to Watch” are selected by the same methodology and are given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers.

Honorees for 2023 include:

Lawyer of the Year
Albert B. Randall Jr.

Best Lawyers
Ralph L. Arnsdorf
Tamara Goorevitz
Lynn M. Fitzpatrick
Michael W. Prokopik (new for 2023)
Albert B. Randall Jr.

Ones to Watch
Michael T. Bennett
Renee L. Bowen (new for 2023)
James K. Hetzel
Heather A. Rice
Bryce Ziskind

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F&P Spotlight on Counsel Heather Rice

What is your favorite aspect about working at F&P? 
My favorite aspect about working at F&P is hands down the friendships I have formed with several of my colleagues.  I have the privilege of calling many of the attorneys in our office not just colleagues but close friends.  Even after some have taken positions elsewhere,  I have been lucky enough to maintain friendships that will surely last a lifetime.

What’s your favorite restaurant/show/event?
Even though COVID has gotten in the way, I love to try new restaurants in Baltimore!  Some of my all-time favorite restaurants include Birroteca, La Scala, the Food Market, and La Cuchara.

Tell us something about you that few of your colleagues and clients would know.
While I cannot carry a tune, I can sing the entire soundtrack from the Broadway musical, Hamilton.

What do you like to do outside the office?
My husband and I are movie buffs.  Most weekends you can find us curled up on the couch with our dog and watching a movie.

What is your favorite food? 
Pretty much any carb or anything covered in chocolate.

What is your all-time favorite city or town and why? 
Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts is my all-time favorite place to travel in the US.  The island is equal parts quaint, beautiful, and relaxing.  Plus, it is a mecca for all things seafood!

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world who would it be?
There are so many people I would love to choose to be a lunch companion.  Former President Barack Obama probably tops the list, along with the late great Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.