What It Is: Ranks law firms by practice area, considering factors such as expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and integrity.
Why It Matters To You: If you know what practice areas interest you, you can check out this list to see what firms excel in them. The ranking is also easily sortable by state and/or city. Also take a look at the profiles of lawyers at these firms to get a sense of what needs to be done to succeed on these career paths.
Considerations: Remember no list is perfect. Large firms have more clients and more clout. As with many of these lists, large firms are over-represented while small firms and boutiques are under-represented. There are plenty of excellent lawyers doing excellent work in excellent firms that—because of the way rankings are constructed—may never appear on these lists.
Created By: U.S. News & World Reports
Sample Key Findings
- View top-ranked law firm in each practice area.
- U.S. News & World Reports Best Law Firms Ranking: Easily sortable by location or practice area.
- Practice Area definitions: Administrative / Regulatory Law, Admiralty & Maritime Law, Advertising Law, Antitrust Law, Appellate Practice, Arbitration, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Biotechnology Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Civil Rights Law, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Commercial Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Communications Law, Construction Law, Copyright Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Derivatives and Futures Law, DUI/DWI Defense, Economic Development Law, Education Law, Elder Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law - Management, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures & Television, Entertainment Law - Music, Environmental Law, Equipment Finance Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Family Law, Family Law Mediation, FDA Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Franchise Law, Gaming Law, Government Relations Practice, Health Care Law, Immigration Law, Information Technology Law, Insurance Law, International Arbitration - Commercial, International Arbitration - Governmental, International Trade and Finance Law, Labor Law - Management, Labor Law - Union, Land Use & Zoning Law, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Litigation - Antitrust, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - ERISA, Litigation - First Amendment, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Labor & Employment, Litigation - Land Use & Zoning, Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation - Municipal, Litigation - Patent, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation - Securities, Litigation - Tax, Litigation - Trusts & Estates, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs, Mediation, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Mining Law, Mutual Funds Law, Native American Law, Natural Resources Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Oil & Gas Law, Patent Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, Project Finance Law, Public Finance Law, Railroad Law, Real Estate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Securitization and Structured Finance Law, Sports Law, Tax Law, Technology Law, Timber Law, Trademark Law, Transportation Law, Trusts & Estates Law, Utilities Law, Venture Capital Law, Water Law, Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants, Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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