WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—For the past five years, Womble Carlyle Research Analyst Ryan Plackemeier has helped the firm’s Mass Torts teams win hard-fought litigation by providing mission-critical research and courtroom graphics.

But before he was part of the Womble Carlyle team, Plackemeier made his mark on the football field, both at Wake Forest University and in the NFL. For his efforts, Plackemeier has been named to the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

Plackemeier won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's best punter during his senior season in 2005. A three-time first team All-ACC punter from 2003 through 2005, Plackemeier was a consensus All-American as a senior. In 2005, he led the nation in punting and set the school record with a 47.2 yards per kick average.

The Bonsall, Calif. native led the ACC in punting in 2003 and 2004, becoming just the fifth Demon Deacon to earn three first team All-ACC awards in football. Plackemeier’s 45.26 career punting average is both the school record and the ACC record. A seventh round draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks in 2006, he played three seasons in the NFL with Seattle and Washington.