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Leading Evansville Mineral Law Firm Rhine Ernest LLP to Combine with Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (Aug. 9, 2016) - Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, a full service business law firm with locations across Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, is expanding its Evansville, Indiana presence by combining with Rhine Ernest LLP, a recognized leader among firms practicing in the area of mineral law that has served the mineral industry for more than 35 years.

Founded in 1979, Rhine Ernest LLP has continuously focused the firm’s resources on the practice of mineral law. The firm has represented Fortune 500 operators and financial institutions, as well as small closely held operators; members of the firm routinely appear before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky on mining issues ranging from permitting to complex litigation. The partners of Rhine Ernest LLP have more than 150 years of combined experience in the coal and oil and gas industries.

John E. Rhine and Stanton D. Ernest are joining BGD as partners. The combination adds two attorneys to the seven Bingham Greenebaum Doll attorneys and professionals who currently serve the Evansville market, including the firm’s Financial Institution Litigation Team Co-Leader.

“This combination not only enhances our commitment to serving the Evansville business community, it strengthens our regional and national mineral law presence with a team of attorneys who are ideally suited to provide high quality legal counsel to the mineral industry,” said Tobin McClamroch, BGD Managing Partner.

“Considerable synergies already exist between the two firms that will allow us to continue to serve our clients with exceptional efficiency and responsiveness,” said John E. Rhine, partner at Rhine Ernest.

“Rhine Ernest LLP understands the importance of prompt service, and takes pride in its reputation for turnaround time on the sometimes difficult and complex work we accept. BGD also has a reputation centered on exceptional client service and depth of firm resources,” noted Stanton D. Ernest, Managing Partner at the firm.

Rhine focuses his practice on coal, oil and gas law, and commercial transactions. He has more than 35 years of experience representing many of the nation’s largest mineral producers and lenders in transactions and litigation.

Ernest has more than 35 years of experience representing energy companies, business owners and individuals. His practice includes consulting on transactions between landowners and energy companies, appearing before administrative agencies, and advising business owners on the development of an effective succession plan.

The former Rhine Ernest LLP attorneys will continue to work out of their offices on Main Street at Old National Place. All of BGD’s Evansville attorneys and staff will relocate to this location by the end of 2016.


Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP is a business law firm providing transactional, litigation and government services to clients across a variety of industries and business sectors. The firm also provides estate planning and other services to individuals and non-profits. BGD has served the legal and business needs of clients for more than a century; additional firm information is available at

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