Best Lawyers ranks ELPO Tier 1

by Mandy Hicks

U.S. News Media Group selected English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP for recognition in its Best Lawyers annual award program. Additionally, attorneys Charles E. English and LaJuana Wilcher were selected for listing individually in Best Lawyers for their work.

ELPO was ranked Tier One in the field of environmental law. Charles E. English was ranked in the fields of appellate, corporate, commercial and trusts and estates litigation. LaJuana Wilcher was ranked in the fields of environmental law and environmental litigation.

These rankings, which are presented in tiers, showcase 9,633 different law firms ranked nationally in one or more of 75 major legal practice areas and in metropolitan or state rankings in one or more of 119 major legal practice areas.

The rankings mark the second edition of this highly-anticipated annual analysis, and the second year ELPO was selected for this honor. The national first-tier rankings will be featured in U.S. News & World Report’s Money issue, on newsstands November 15. The national and metropolitan first-tier rankings are featured in the “Best Law Firms” standalone publication, which is being distributed to 30,000 general counsel and in digital format to 58,000 private practice lawyers worldwide. The rankings in their entirety are posted online at

About Charles E. English

A founding partner of ELPO Law, Charles E. English advises businesses and individuals on legal matters. Charles’ primary areas of practice are business law, including banking, business and estate litigation, business formation and condemnation. He also handles cases concerning universities and foundations, and regularly manages probate, trusts and estate cases. Notable business cases he’s handled include acting as corporate counsel in the formation, organization, financing, construction and joint venturing of a large ethanol manufacturing facility with a Fortune 500 company.

About LaJuana Wilcher

LaJuana has extensive experience in environmental law, particularly at the EPA. She has served in top-level environmental policy positions in federal and state government. She has unparalleled knowledge and experience representing clients before environmental administrative agencies and courts throughout the country, including a matter before the U.S. Supreme Court. Regularly pressing cases relating to environmental permitting, compliance and enforcement issues involving wastewater, air, wetlands and hazardous waste, she also counsels clients on the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act.

About U.S. News Media Group

The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine, the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine,, and Focusing on Health, Money & Business, Education, and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group’s signature franchises include its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans, and more.

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For over a quarter century, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. The 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes 41,284 lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Best Lawyers® also publishes peer-reviewed listings of lawyers in nearly 70 other countries, covering many of the world’s major legal markets. Best Lawyers® lists are excerpted in a wide range of general interest, business and legal publications worldwide, reaching an audience of more than 17 million readers.

About ELPO

English, Lucas, Priest, & Owsley, LLP, the largest law firm in Southcentral Kentucky, offers business clients and individuals the experience and depth of a large firm and the personal commitment and attention of a small one. For more than 35 years, the firm has worked with clients to develop creative solutions to difficult legal and business problems. The firm is located in Bowling Green, Ky.