August 20, 2020 

Best Lawyers®, a prominent worldwide attorney ranking publication, has recognized Todd Hunt and Christina Peer as “Lawyer of the Year” for its 2021 U.S. edition. Hunt and Peer are partners at Walter | Haverfield.

“Lawyer of the Year” recognition is awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer feedback during the Best Lawyers® research process. Only one lawyer is selected as “Lawyer of the Year” within a designated practice area and region.

More than 65,000 attorneys in 147 practice areas are recognized in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America®. Individual selections are based on more than 8 million evaluations. At Walter | Haverfield, nearly half of all of the firm’s attorneys are included in the latest edition.

Lawyer of the Year

Todd Hunt – Land Use and Zoning Law: Todd Hunt, partner at Walter | Haverfield, has managed and tried a wide range of civil and administrative cases and counsels business owners, developers and public officials on related matters involving land use, zoning, entitlements, and development incentives. He has also successfully handled a variety of cases involving tort and civil rights, construction contracts, and general government authority issues. Hunt serves as special counsel to several cities, villages, townships, other governmental entities and taxing authorities throughout Ohio. Furthermore, he serves as general counsel for a Division I college sports conference and handles its transactional matters and multi-faceted litigation.

Christina Peer – Education Law: Christina Peer, chair of the Walter | Haverfield Education Practice Group, provides counsel to boards of education on state and federal laws on a wide variety of topics including student discipline, employee grievances, employee discipline, student privacy, and the drafting and implementation of board policies. Peer also represents boards of education in employment-related matters such as defense of employment discrimination claims brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other claims arising from terminations. Peer’s practice places a particular emphasis on counseling boards of education regarding issues related to the education of students with disabilities. In these matters, Peer assists school districts with the development of educational plans for students with disabilities and in resolving related disputes. She also represents school districts before the Ohio Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Since 1932, Walter | Haverfield attorneys have served as strategic counselors to private businesses, public entities and high-net-worth individuals, providing creative and customized solutions that deliver outstanding results at an exceptional value. Our track record has allowed us to sustain year-after-year growth. Walter | Haverfield has doubled its size in the past decade to become one of the top ten Cleveland-based law firms. Today, our team of nearly 90 attorneys is focused primarily in the areas of business services, real estate, intellectual property, labor and employment, education, tax and wealth management, hospitality and liquor control, litigation and public law.