2017 Best Law Firms and Awards
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Summary:  Take a look at the top rated law firms by practice area and region in the latest edition of the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The much anticipated Best Law Firm rankings are out. U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have released a list for the seventh year in a row of their top law firms. The “Law Firm of the Year” Awards are also available now.


The list is determined by comparing professional excellence with ratings from clients and peers. This year’s list included the highest number of client ballots and participating firms ever. For a law firm to be eligible, they must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers of America, which features the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the country. This gives the ability for 10,000 lawyers to give over 800,000 law firm assessments and for 10,000 clients to give over 90,000 reviews.

CEO and co-founder Steven Naifeh said, “For seven years now, we have added law firm rankings to our rankings of individual lawyers. It has been a daunting task. This year we received 13,803 law firms across the United States and across 122 practice areas, for a total of 2,005 firms receiving a national law firm ranking. Each year, we have expanded our reach while also trying to simplify the process, as much as possible, for the law firms that provide us with the information that we use to create the rankings. We are proud that the legal profession has come to view our law firm rankings each year with such deep and widespread respect.”

The rankings are presented in tiers in a national and/or metropolitan scale. Awards are given in 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan practice areas. One law firm is given the top award of “Law Firm of the Year” in each category. Here are the top law firms with their awards:

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Cozen O’Connor – Admiralty & Maritime Law

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips – Advertising Law, Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius – Antitrust Law, Litigation – Tax

Mayer Brown – Appellate Practice, Communications Law

McGuireWoods – Banking and Finance Law

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom – Bankrutpcy and Creditor Debtors Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Goodwin – Biotechnology Law

Jones Day – Commercial Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Peckar & Abramson – Construction Law

Davis Wright Tremaine – Copyright Law

Cravath, Swaine & Moore – Corporate Law

Sullivan & Cromwell – Derivatives and Futures Law, Financial Services Regulation Law

Alston & Bird – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Jackson Lewis – Employment Law – Management

Baker Botts – Energy Law

Loeb Loeb – Entertainment Law – Music

Sidley Austin – Environmental Law, Securities Regulation

Vedder Price – Equipment Finance Law

Covington & Burling – FDA Law

Nixon Peabody – Franchise Law

McDermott Will & Emery – Health Care Law

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy – Immigration Law

Morrison & Foerster – Information Technology Law, Timber Law

Reed Smith – Insurance Law

Hughes Hubbard & Reed – International Arbitration – Commercial

White & Case – International Arbitration – Governmental

Hogan Lovells US – International Trade and Finance Law

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart – Labor Law – Management

Goulston & Storrs – Land Use & Zoning Law

Cooley – Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Venture Capital Law

Gibson Dunn – Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Securities

Greenberg Traurig – Litigation – Banking Finance, Litigation – Real Estate

O’Melveny & Myers – Litigation – Bankruptcy

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman – Litigation Construction

Hunton & Williams – Litigation – Environmental

Seyfarth Shaw – Litigation ERISA

Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz – Litigation – First Amendment

Kirkland & Ellis – Litigation – Intellectual Property, Securities/Capital Markets Law

FordHarrison – Litigation – Labor & Employment

Weil, Gotshal & Manges – Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions

Fish & Richardson – Litigation – Patent

Davis Polk & Wardwell – Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

King & Spalding – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants

Weitz & Luxenberg – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs

Jackson Kelly – Mining Law

Dechert – Mutual Funds Law

Dentons – Native American Law

Perkins Coie – Natural Resources Law

Thompson & Knight – Oil & Gas Law

Ropes & Gray – Patent Law, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law

Latham & Watkins – Project Finance Law

Ballard Spahr – Public Finance Law

Steptoe & Johnson – Railroad Law

Holland & Knight – Real Estate Law, Trusts & Estates Law

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft – Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Proskauer Rose – Sports Law

Baker & McKenzie – Tax Law

Venable – Technology Law

Dorsey & Whitney – Trademark Law

Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff – Transportation Law

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