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Vedder Thinking | News Vedder Price Shareholders Dean N. Gerber and Danielle Meltzer Cassel Named to Inaugural Legal 500 US Hall of Fame

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Dean N. Gerber, Chair of the Vedder Price Global Transportation Finance team, and Danielle Meltzer Cassel, Shareholder in the Vedder Price Real Estate Practice Goup, were recently inducted into the inaugural Legal 500 US Hall of Fame.

The Legal 500 US Hall of Fame recognizes attorneys who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence and are at the pinnacle of the profession. The criteria for entry is to have been recognized by the Legal 500 as an elite leading lawyer for six consecutive years. Fewer than 500 attorneys across the entire United States qualified for the Hall of Fame.

Mr. Gerber is regularly named one of the top aviation lawyers in the world by Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, including in the “Best of the Best,” “Best of the Best USA” and “Aviation” categories, and he is routinely recognized by the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers as one of the most highly regarded individuals in the world in aviation law. In 2016, Mr. Gerber was ranked in Chambers USA’s Nationwide Transportation: Aviation: Finance and Illinois Banking & Finance categories, and in 2017 for Chambers Global’s Aviation: Finance category. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2008. As per the criteria for induction into the Hall of Fame, Mr. Gerber was included in the elite Leading Lawyers list for the Finance—Asset Finance and Leasing category by the Legal 500 United States for six consecutive years.

Ms. Cassel has specialized for more than two decades in transactional real estate, public incentives, land use and licensing law, representing investors, lenders, property owners and tenants in the residential, office, retail, hospitality, industrial and institutional sectors. In addition to the Hall of Fame honors, Ms. Cassel has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Leading Lawyers Network and Chambers USA, which noted her “phenomenal brain and terrific client skills.” Ms. Cassel was a member of Leadership Greater Chicago’s Class of 2006 and has received a “Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” award from Public Allies Chicago and a Special Recognition Award from the Partnership to End Homelessness. Per the Hall of Fame criteria, Ms. Cassel has been listed as a Leading Lawyer in Real Estate and Construction: Land Use/Zoning by the Legal 500 United States for six consecutive years.


Danielle Meltzer Cassel