It would seem A. Christian Worrell III is a proponent of well-roundedness.

On top of being named one of “The Best Lawyers in America in 2007” by Best Lawyers — a peer-review publication for the legal profession — Worrell earned an undergraduate anthropology degree cum laude, a law degree magna cum laude, ran a Tae Kwan Do school for 10 years and has backpacked several times in the Himalayas with his family.

As the head of Graydon Head & Ritchey’s Butler/Warren office, Worrell further pursues balance in his casework by practicing environmental and construction law, as well as general business and real estate law.

“Seeing things develop is a nice change of pace,” Worrell says of the construction law he’s been involved with, such as that for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It provides a counterbalance to some of the environmental cases he’s consulted on, like the superfund site near the Passaic River in New Jersey.

Worrell, a Middletown native, decided on a law career after earning his Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and working as an environmental consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency. He graduated second in his class from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

He first joined Graydon Head & Ritchey as a summer clerk while completing his studies in law school. He joined the firm full time after graduation in 1985, and for the first six years or so worked exclusively on environmental law. His practice grew to include providing legal counsel for large institutional landowners, construction owners and contractors.

Doing well in this field requires “dedication, a willingness to put the time in that’s necessary, looking out for your clients’ best interest and paying attention to detail, balanced by the ability to see the big picture, too,” Worrell says.

Worrell has been married for 33 years and has two children, a daughter approaching graduation from Case Western Reserve University and planning to go to work for Deloitte in Seattle, and a son, a junior at Lakota West High School who recently performed in the Rose Bowl parade.