Magazine Names Two from Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson to Top Young Attorneys List

Texas family law boutique Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP, announced that attorneys Holly Rampy Baird and Ryan Kirkham have been selected to D Magazine’s annual listing of the Best Lawyers Under 40.

“Holly and Ryan are exceptional attorneys with unique perspectives and experiences that set them apart from most other family law attorneys, regardless of age,” said firm partner Keith Nelson. “We are proud to have them as colleagues, and more importantly, their clients love them.”

Baird’s practice focuses on divorce and complex property division, modification actions, enforcement actions and child custody litigation and mediation. In addition to this D Magazine honor, she has earned a place on the Texas Rising Stars list of the Top 100 Up-and-Coming lawyers and the Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women lawyers.

Kirkham works in international family law issues. He lived and worked abroad for several years before joining Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson. His practice focuses on divorce, jurisdictional disputes, asset tracing and complex property issues. He has twice been selected among the leading young family law attorneys in the state by Texas Rising Stars.

The 2018 list includes 135 of the top young attorneys in North Texas. Honorees are selected in a process that includes peer nominations and extensive review by a blue-ribbon panel of attorneys and D Magazine’s editorial leadership.




Sayles Werbner Shareholder Rob Sayles Named to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers Under 40 List

D Magazine has selected Sayles Werbner shareholder Rob Sayles to the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers Under 40, a list that recognizes outstanding young attorneys in North Texas.

“I’m truly honored to be included among this group of impressive lawyers,” said Sayles. “When you are recognized by your peers for working hard to represent your clients in tough legal disputes, it means a lot. I am truly grateful.”

Sayles represents plaintiffs and defendants in a litigation, including commercial disputes, product liability, personal injury and wrongful death claims. His success record in 2017 includes obtaining a summary judgment on a covenant not to compete claim where his client faced more than $3.6 million in damages and negotiating significant settlements on behalf of clients injured in car accidents. He also defended the City of Dallas in several lawsuits filed by firefighters and police officers claiming billions of dollars in back pay.

Sayles is among 135 attorneys included in the Best Lawyers Under 40 list, which is selected from peer nominations and a review by a blue-ribbon panel of lawyers and D Magazine editors. The full list is available in the January issue of D Magazine.

In addition to the D Magazine recognition, Sayles has been featured on the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list annually since 2012. He was also honored in the 2017 edition of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas for representation of clients in business and commercial litigation. He is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and the University of Texas at Austin.




American Heart Association to Honor Farrell Fritz Partner Charlotte Biblow

Farrell Fritz announced that Charlotte A. Biblow will be honored by the American Heart Association at their 2018 Long Island Go Red for Women luncheon to be held Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Crest Hollow in Woodbury, NY.

Biblow, a Bayside, NY resident, is an environmental law partner in the firm’s Uniondale office. She served as a board member of the Association’s Long Island chapter from 1993-2007. In 2005, she received the association’s James W. Dowling Award for outstanding service in advancing the heart program and stimulating public support to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Biblow earned her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law; her M.S. from Hunter College and her B.S. from the State University of New York at Albany.



National Ranking Guide Names AZA to Best Law Firms List for Sixth Year

For the sixth year in a row, the commercial litigation and intellectual property firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, is being recognized among the nation’s Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America.

“Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing is our go-to firm for any high-stakes litigation. They are smart, tough and effective,” one C-Suite client executive told the publications’ researchers.

Houston’s AZA is listed in the 2018 top tier of area metropolitan law firms for commercial litigation. The selection of Best Law Firms is based on a rigorous process that includes client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from other attorneys in the same practice areas.

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Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson Earns National Listing to Best Law Firms

For a second consecutive year, the family law boutique Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP, has earned both national and metropolitan Best Law Firms honors from U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America for its family law, mediation and appellate practices.

This marks the ninth consecutive year the firm has been ranked among the top family law firms in Dallas-Fort Worth. The firm’s appellate practice earned its second national recognition.

“We take particular pride in earning this recognition, which speaks to the overall excellence of our firm and the individual attorneys, because it is rooted in both client and referring attorney feedback,” said firm partner Keith Nelson.

To be eligible for Best Law Firms rankings, a firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the previously released 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson has 10 attorneys honored by Best Law Firms.

Partners Richard R. Orsinger, Keith Nelson, R. Scott Downing, Jeffrey O. Anderson, William M. Reppeto III, Brad LaMorgese, Lon Loveless, Paula A. Bennett, and Amber Liddell Alwais and of counsel Marilea Lewis were honored individually for their work in Family Law. In addition, Mr. Orsinger and Mr. LaMorgese were honored for their work in Appellate Law, with Ms. Lewis recognized for her Mediation practice.

Final selection to the Best Law Firms list is based on client and attorney evaluations, along with peer review by lawyers within the same practice areas and editorial review. The full 2018 Best Law Firms list can be found at



Day Pitney Earns Score of 100 Percent in 2018 Corporate Equality Index

Day Pitney announced that the firm has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

In a release, the firm announced that Day Pitney also received a perfect score on the index last year. With its 100 percent ranking for the second consecutive year, Day Pitney again earned the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the foundation.

“Day Pitney is honored to be recognized as a leading supporter of the LGBT community. Through the efforts of the DP Alliance, the firms LGBT awareness group, the firm has become a tremendous supporter of LGBT initiatives internally and externally,” said Kathy Bowman-Williams, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Day Pitney. “We will continue to look for opportunities as a firm to support the LGBT community.”

The 2018 CEI rated more than 1,000 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, spousal and partner medical benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index or to download a free copy of the report, please visit



Estes Thorne & Carr Partners Recognized With 2018 Honors

Five partners in Estes Thorne & Carr, as well as the firm itself, have received recognition from lawyer rating publications, including The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

Receiving Best Lawyers honors are Dawn Estes, Jessica Thorne, Lori Carr and Carol Payne. They were selected for the awards by their peers in the profession.

All three, as well as partner Linda Moore, also were named Super Lawyers, a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

And the firm was recognized by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Law Firms list for 2018.

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Ware, Jackson, Lee, O’Neill, Smith & Barrow on 2018 Best Law Firms List

Ware, Jackson, Lee, O’Neill, Smith & Barrow, LLP has been named in U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers list of “Best Law Firms for 2018.”

According to U.S. News and World Report, “Firms included in the 2018 ‘Best Law Firms’ list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.”

The firm received recognition for a variety of litigation areas, including construction, mass torts, commercial, labor and employment, environmental, and trusts and estates.

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Farrell Fritz Receives Tier 1 Ranking in 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms”

Farrell Fritz announced that, for the sixth consecutive year, the firm has received a Tier 1 Ranking by Best Lawyers. The firm will be listed in the 2018 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.”

Farrell Fritz has been ranked as a Tier 1 firm on Long Island in Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Trusts & Estates and in Trusts & Estates Law. It also has been ranked as a Tier 2 firm on Long Island in Health Care Law and as a Tier 3 firm in Real Estate Law.

Within New York City, Farrell Fritz has been ranked as a Tier 2 firm in Litigation – Bankruptcy and as a Tier 3 firm in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Rankings were derived from a combination of clients’ feedback, ratings from attorneys at other firms and the information the firm provided in response to a Best Lawyers survey.



U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Names IADC as 2017 Outstanding Alliance Award Winner

The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) has been named the 2017 Outstanding Alliance Award recipient by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).

The award recognizes the IADC’s collaboration with ILR on reform issues that are central to ILR’s program abroad, such as third-party litigation funding transparency and class action reform in Canada. The IADC also was honored for its work as a valuable partner with ILR on reform issues in the United States, including preventing the expansion of class actions in the states and addressing regulation through litigation.

“The IADC is tremendously honored to be recognized by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform for its collaboration with ILR on many critical areas of legal reform in the United States and around the world,” said Andrew Kopon Jr., IADC President and a founding member of Kopon Airdo, LLC in Chicago. “We are grateful to the leadership of ILR for the opportunity to work together and to provide an important avenue for the IADC’s 2,500-plus members to contribute to these efforts in meaningful ways.”

In a release, the association said:

The Outstanding Alliance Award is part of ILR’s Annual Legal Reform Awards that honor individuals and organizations whose outstanding work in partnership with ILR has contributed to making the United States and key foreign civil justice systems simpler, fairer, and more efficient for all. The IADC and its leadership were formally recognized at ILR’s 18th Annual Legal Reform Summit on Oct. 25 in Washington, D.C.

“Receiving ILR’s Outstanding Alliance Award demonstrates that the IADC has emerged as a valuable partner and strong voice for reforms that seek to improve civil justice systems,” said Mark Behrens, chair of the IADC’s Civil Justice Response Committee and co-chair of the Public Policy Group at Shook Hardy & Bacon in Washington, D.C.

The following are among the IADC’s recent legal reform initiatives on which it has partnered with ILR:

Opposed the proposed adoption of a rule to permit a class action procedure in Mississippi’s state court system;

Supported requiring disclosure of third-party litigation funding at the outset of a lawsuit, specifically joining ILR’s petition proposing an amendment to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to require disclosure;

Opposed the proposed American Bar Association (ABA) resolution attacking restrictions on punitive damages for manufacturers of FDA-approved drugs and devices, specifically leading a coalition of opposition that included all leading national organizations for lawyers who primarily represent civil defendants (the ABA did not move forward with the proposed resolution); and

Provided expert input into the ILR’s consideration of the options for meaningful class action reform in Canada.

“The IADC’s alliance with ILR is another example of a highly successful IADC program that benefits our in-house counsel, insurance executive, and outside lawyer members in the United States, Canada, and abroad and also helps the IADC attract the best and brightest defense lawyers from around the globe to support these advocacy efforts,” said Gordon McKee, an IADC Board member and a partner with Blake, Cassels & Graydon, LLP, in Toronto, who leads the IADC’s efforts on Canadian class action reform.

According to Kopon, the IADC’s partnership with ILR has been highly successful, with the IADC consulting for ILR on numerous matters, and ILR leaders supporting multiple IADC initiatives. ILR President Lisa Rickard has spoken at several IADC events, including its domestic and international Corporate Counsel College education programs.

“The IADC looks forward to continuing to support ILR in the furtherance of legal reform in many areas in the coming year,” Kopon said.

ILR, which is a separately incorporated affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is the country’s most influential and successful advocate for civil justice reform in the United States and abroad. ILR conducts cutting-edge research, advances pragmatic solutions and advocates for those solutions with Congress, state legislatures, federal regulators, international policymakers and the courts to effect meaningful change. To read more about ILR, visit


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Benchmark Litigation Ranks Greensfelder and Firm’s Officers in Missouri and Illinois

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., and six of the firm’s officers have been ranked in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the annual guide to top U.S. litigation practices and attorneys.

The firm is “highly recommended” in Missouri and “recommended” in Illinois.

Greensfelder officers Thadford A. Felton, David B. Goodman, David M. Harris and Abby L. Risner are listed as “Local Litigation Stars” and firm Officers Beth M. Conran and Erwin O. Switzer are listed as “Future Stars.” “Local Litigation Stars” are partners who were consistently recommended by clients as being reputable and effective litigators. “Future Stars” are partners regarded as likely to be become “Litigation Stars” in coming editions of the guide.

Felton and Goodman are based in Greensfelder’s Chicago office and Risner, Conran and Switzer are based in the firm’s St. Louis office. Harris works from both offices.

In its analysis, Benchmark Litigation cites Greensfelder as “excellent in every enumerated area.” The publication notes the firm’s extensive experience representing clients in the oil and gas industry. The analysis also notes successes in class action, insurance coverage and product liability cases, as well as the firm’s focus on diversity and number of female litigators.

Benchmark Litigation annually ranks U.S. firms and attorneys, with an exclusive focus on litigation practice. Rankings are based on research including examination of recent case work and interviews with litigators and their clients.


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Nine at Ware Jackson Recognized By 2017 Super Lawyers

Nine lawyers at Ware, Jackson, Lee, O’Neill, Smith & Barrow LLP have been recognized by Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers in 2017, the firm announced.

The lists are compiled by using a multi-phase selection process based on peer recognition and professional achievement.

At Ware Jackson, this year’s Super Lawyer honorees include Don Jackson and Paul Smith for business litigation, Tim Lee and Eileen O’Neill for appellate law, and Dennis Barrow for construction litigation. Partners Tim Lankau, Wes Jackson, and Tyler Henkel, as well as associate Michelle Meriam were recognized as Rising Stars.

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Dallas Attorney Clayton Bailey Named Benchmark Litigation Star

Trial and appellate attorney Clayton Bailey, co-founder of Dallas-based litigation boutique Bailey Brauer PLLC, has earned recognition for a fourth consecutive year as a “Local Litigation Star” in the Benchmark Litigation guide to the nation’s top lawyers.

Bailey was named among the leading attorneys in Texas for his general commercial litigation practice. He was also selected for his professional liability practice, competition and securities-based litigation and his international arbitration work. The 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation was compiled after months of peer review, client-based research and a review of attorney casework.

“Earning recognition from Benchmark Litigation is certainly an honor, not only for me, but also for our firm,” said Bailey. “It serves as a strong indicator that our commitment to our clients has not gone unnoticed.”

Bailey was also recently selected to join the invitation-only National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 civil plaintiff lawyers in Texas. Membership is extended to only those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results and professional leadership.

Founded in 2013, Bailey Brauer has won multiple individual and firm recognitions from BTI Consulting Group, the National Law Journal, The Best Lawyers in America, Texas Super Lawyers and D Magazine.


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Clyde Siebman Named Dallas/Fort Worth Patent Trial Lawyer of the Year

Texas trial attorney Clyde M. Siebman has earned selection as the Dallas/Fort Worth Lawyer of the Year for patent trials in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. His selection is based on nominations from attorneys throughout the D/FW area, including the Eastern District cities of Plano and Sherman.

Siebman is the founder of Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP, which maintains offices in Plano, Sherman and the other Eastern District cities of Marshall and Tyler. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has appeared as counsel in more than 400 federal court cases during his career.

In addition to his patent litigation expertise, Siebman also is recognized in Best Lawyers for his extensive work in commercial litigation, copyright law, and trademark law. He was named D/FW’s top patent litigator after earning the highest overall ranking from other local trial attorneys who handle patent cases.

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31 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Leading Lawyers

A combined total of 31 Farrell Fritz attorneys have been selected to the 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New York Metro Rising Stars lists.

The firm reported that 21 attorneys for being selected to the 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. The attorneys and the practice areas for which they have been recognized are: Peter A. Mahler, John P. McEntee and James M. Wicks (Business Litigation); Peter L. Curry and Peter B. Zlotnick (Real Estate); Jed C. Albert, Eric M. Kramer and Patricia C. Marcin (Estate & Probate); John (Jack) J. Barnosky, Ilene S. Cooper, John R. Morken and Eric W. Penzer (Estate & Trust Litigation); Ted A. Berkowitz, Marty G. Bunin and Patrick T. Collins (Bankruptcy: Business); Charlotte A. Biblow (Environmental); Heather P. Harrison (Employment Litigation: Defense); Domenique Camacho Moran (Employment & Labor); Jason S. Samuels (Construction Litigation); Louis Vlahos (Tax); and Joel R. Weiss (Criminal Defense: White Collar).

The firm also named 10 attorneys who were selected to the 2017 New York Metro Rising Stars list. The attorneys and the practice areas for which they have been recognized are: Kathryn Carney Cole, Joshua M. Herman, Franklin C. McRoberts, Adam M. Rafsky and Aaron E. Zerykier (Business Litigation); Jaclene D’Agostino and Robert M. Harper (Estate & Trust Litigation); Veronique A. Urban (Bankruptcy: Business) and Jacklyn A. Zitelli (Real Estate).

Michael A.H. Schoenberg (Business Litigation) was selected to the list while he was counsel at Farrell Fritz.

2017 marks the tenth year on the Super Lawyers list for Ilene Sherwyn Cooper, John McEntee, John Morken and James Wicks. Marty Bunin, Joshua Herman and Jacklyn Zitelli were selected for inclusion for the first time this year. This is the fourth consecutive year James M. Wicks was selected to the New York – Metro Super Lawyers Top 100 list. The Top 100 group of lawyers received the highest point totals in the New York Metro nomination, research and blue ribbon process.


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Survey Ranks Dallas Law Firm Bailey Brauer Among Most Feared by Opponents

The Dallas-based trial and appellate law firm Bailey Brauer PLLC has again earned a spot among an elite group of firms that corporate lawyers most fear facing in court.

According to a release from the firm, Bailey Brauer, founded in 2913, is among the youngest and smallest firms included on BTI Litigation Outlook 2018’s Honor Roll of the nation’s Most Feared Law Firms. This is the second time the firm has been recognized for its complex commercial litigation, class action and other litigation work. Selection is based upon interviews with general counsel and in-house litigation leaders nationwide who were asked which lawyers they would least like to face in litigation.

The release continues:

“To earn a place on the BTI list is an honor because it’s based on corporate counsel feedback,” said firm co-founder attorney Alex Brauer. “And what it tells me is that the businesses we represent appreciate how we handle their most important cases, and that is being noticed by those across the table as well.”

BTI Consulting Group, based in Massachusetts, is a national business research company that conducts independent research on how Fortune 1000 companies buy, manage and evaluate their professional service providers. A full list of its 2018 honorees is available at

“What BTI focuses on is client service,” said co-founder Clayton Bailey. “And from day one, serving clients has been at the very heart of what we do. To have that dedication recognized by BTI twice in the four years since we opened is validation that we are on target with providing Big Law quality representation in a much more nimble, responsive way.”

This represents the second year in a row that BTI has recognized Bailey Brauer, adding to honors the firm has collected from Benchmark Litigation. Most recently, Mr. Brauer and Mr. Bailey were named individually to the 2017 Texas Super Lawyers listing. Mr. Brauer also was named among the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine. Mr. Bailey was named among The Best Lawyers in America, The National Law Journal’s Elite Boutique Trailblazers list and to The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 civil plaintiff lawyers in Texas.


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Gruber Hail Attorneys Honored in Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers Publications

Attorneys at Gruber Hail Johansen Shank have been recognized multiple times with the publication of the latest Best Lawyers in America and Texas Super Lawyers listings. The publications use comprehensive surveys, peer evaluations, blue-ribbon committees and independent research to select the honorees each year.

Name partners G. Michael Gruber, Brian N. Hail, Mark L. Johansen and Mark A. Shank again are recognized among the top five percent of attorneys in the state on the Texas Super Lawyers list, along with partners Tricia R. DeLeon, Orrin L. Harrison III, Michael J. Lang, and Anthony J. Magee.

In addition, Shank is named among the Top 100 attorneys in Texas, and joined by Gruber among the Top 100 attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth.

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Dykema to Receive Texas Appleseed Pro Bono Leadership Award

National law firm Dykema announced that it has been chosen by Texas Appleseed’s Board of Directors as one of three law firms to receive the organization’s Pro Bono Leadership Award. Dykema will be recognized at Texas Appleseed’s annual Good Apple Dinner November 16, 2017, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas.

The Pro Bono Leadership Award is presented to pro bono partners of Texas Appleseed who have contributed and continue to contribute excellent work. Dykema will be recognized for its role in helping to develop and produce the contents for an online toolkit that empowers Texans to defend property confiscated by law enforcement through civil asset forfeiture. Defending Against a Civil Asset Forfeiture Case, features answers to leading questions about asset forfeiture; animated videos in English and subtitled in Spanish; sample pleadings and forms that Texans can customize; and a checklist for appearing in court, among other information. It is available at

Texas Appleseed is a nonprofit public interest justice center that works to change unjust laws and policies and promote social and economic justice for all Texans. It works with a dynamic network of pro bono partners and collaborators to develop and advocate for innovative and practical solutions to difficult systemic problems. Texas Appleseed also conducts data-driven research that uncovers inequity in laws and policies and identifies solutions for lasting, concrete change.



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Texas Lawyer Names Bracewell Large Firm Litigation Department of the Year

Bracewell LLP’s litigation practice has been named the 2017 “Large Law Firm Litigation Department of the Year” by Texas Lawyer.

The publication will profile the firm in the August edition.

In a release, the firm said:

In July 2016, Law360 named Bracewell to the inaugural list of “Litigation Powerhouses” identifying it as one of the top-50 litigation practices in the nation. The publication further highlighted the firm as one of an “elite group” of only five firms in the nation with fewer than 200 litigation lawyers included on its list of “litigation heavyweights.” In May of this year, Chambers USA called the team a “fast-growing litigation bench with a reputation for creative approaches to disputes both before and in trial for a range of major corporate clients.” In addition, Legal 500 United States named Bracewell to its list of nationally ranked disputes practices, noting that the team is “particularly well-versed in defending oil and gas industry clients in commercial and royalty disputes.”

“We have a great thing going,” said Stephen B. Crain, the firm-wide chair of Bracewell’s litigation practice. “These recognitions are the result of the concerted efforts of our entire team to provide excellent advocacy for our clients.”


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Making the Most of Top Lawyer Lists

Legal rankings were previously limited to only a handful of outlets such as Martindale-Hubbell and The Best Lawyers in America, but that roster has expanded rapidly in the past two decades, writes Bruce Vincent for Muse Communications.

“Today, the glut of top lawyer lists and top law firm rankings makes it difficult to determine which of them mean anything at all,” he warns.

He explains that there are many tasteful ways to let the world know about a lawyer being selected to one of the lawyer lists.

The article discusses the tips: buy a expanded online profile, update the “online you,” be smart when advertising, don’t forget social media, and issue a press release.

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