Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC Shareholders James P. Wilkins and John W. McKenzie were named among the 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers, an attorney rating service designation based on peer recognition and professional achievement, both in the category of Employment Litigation: Defense.

Julie A. Trout and Michael P. Karst, both Associates, were named Rising Stars honorees, a designation for early-career attorneys.

Wilkins is a seven-time honoree while McKenzie was recognized for the second straight year. Trout was named a Rising Star for the fifth time.

Super Lawyers analyzes lawyers from more than 70 practice areas through independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third-party research, and each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. Only 5 percent of practicing attorneys earn Super Lawyer status, and 2.5 percent of those eligible are selected to Rising Stars.

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