West Palm Beach, Fla. (August 15, 2016)— Attorneys Philip H. Ward, III, I. Jeffrey Pheterson and Eddie E. Stephens, III of Ward Damon, a multi-disciplined law firm primarily serving South Florida, have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of the prestigious national publication,Best Lawyers® in America. Best Lawyers® in America is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The lists of outstanding attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.This distinction is bestowed upon the most esteemed in the legal profession, and only recognizes the top 4% of attorneys in the country.
Philip H. Ward, III, who founded the firm in 1987, was recognized in the practice area of Real Estate Law. He has received honors by Best Lawyers®in America for six consecutive years. Ward concentrates his practice in business transactional law, strategic planning/technology issues, banking, loan transactions, commercial and residential real estate and intellectual property. Ward, appointed by the Governor of Florida, serves as Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, and is a member and former chairman of both the Board of Directors of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and the Internet Coast Tri-County Economic Development Council. He was also recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Inc.
I. Jeffrey Pheterson, a co-managing partner at Ward Damon, was recognized in the practice areas ofEmployment Law and Labor Law. He has received this distinction from Best Lawyers®inAmerica since 2007. In addition to employment and labor law, Pheterson focuses his practiceinthe areas of business and corporate law, complex commercial litigation, healthcare law, administrative law and probate litigation. Heis a trustee and former chairman of the Board ofDirectors of Bethesda Memorial Hospital and a trustee of Bethesda Health, Inc. Additionally, Pheterson is a former gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Commissioners for the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, a founding member of the Palm Beach Wine Auction and a founding member of Palm Beach Angels, an organization that funds local start-up companies.
Eddie E. Stephens, III, a partner at Ward Damon, was recognized in the practice area ofFamily Law. This was the first time Stephens has been selected for inclusion inBest Lawyers®inAmerica. Stephens is board certified in Marital and Family Law and focuses on divorce and separation, child custody, child support, timesharing, alimony or spousal support, division ofmartial property, pre-nuptial and pre-marital agreements, parent relocation enforcement, paternity and child-related disputes, and restraining orders.Heis a current editor of the Florida Bar Publications committee, a former vice chair of the Florida Bar CLE Committee, a former chair of the Florida Bar Family Law Certification Committee, and the past distinguished president of the Kiwanis Club of Flagler Sunrise.
About Ward Damon
Ward Damon, PLisanAV-rated, multi-disciplined law firm serving the legal needsof its clients and community since 1987.Ward Damon represents businesses and individuals through legal counseling, transactional work and litigation in federal and state courts. The firm has offices in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Jupiter and Stuart. For more information, visit www.warddamon.comor call 561.842.3000.