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Front Page - Friday, November 9, 2018

Local law firms rank high on ‘Best Law Firms’ list




Clients and peers awarded 26 Chattanooga area law firms 87 Tier 1 rankings for the 2019 edition of Best Law Firms.

Best Law Firms recognizes each firm for its professional excellence. “Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise,” reads a press release from Best Lawyers.

“Law firms perform a vital role in American life, and ranking them is a key extension of our mission to help individuals and companies alike make important life decisions,” says Tim Smart, executive editor at U.S. News & World Report, which publishes the Best Lawyers lists.

The 2019 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client votes received on record, according to U.S. News.

To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top five percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S.

More than 16,000 lawyers provided more than 1.1 million law firm assessments, and over 12,000 clients provided more than 107,000 evaluations.

“For the 2019 ‘Best Law Firms’ publication, the evaluation process has remained just as rigorous and discerning as it did when we first started almost 10 years ago,” says Phil Greer, CEO of Best Lawyers. “This year, we reviewed 14,643 law firms throughout the United States, and 2,118 firms received a national law firm ranking.”

Ranked firms, presented in three tiers, are listed on a national- and regional-based scale. Firms that received a tier designation reflect the high level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and practice areas, says U.S. News.

Awards were given in 75 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan practice areas.

The 2019 Tier 1 national and metropolitan rankings will be featured in the “Best Law Firms” General Counsel Publication, which will be distributed in November to more than 30,000 in-house counsel, and in digital format to more than 60,000 private practice lawyers worldwide.

The 2019 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen at www.bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

Chattanooga firms and their Tier 1-3 rankings include:

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz

Tier 1: Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Copyright Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Energy Law; Litigation-Construction; Litigation-Intellectual Property; Litigation-Patent; Litigation-Real Estate; Litigation-Tax; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants; Public Finance Law; Real Estate Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law; Tax Law; Transportation Law; Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 2: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Corporate Law; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Bankruptcy; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants; Non–Profit/Charities Law; Patent Law; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Trademark Law

Tier 3: Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment

Burnette, Dobson & Pinchak

Tier 1: Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management

Tier 2: Litigation-Labor & Employment

Campbell & Campbell

Tier 1: Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants

Tier 2: Commercial Litigation

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel

Tier 1: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Copyright Law; Corporate Law; Employment Law-Management; Energy Law; Health Care Law; Litigation-Antitrust; Litigation-Labor & Employment; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Non–Profit/Charities Law; Patent Law; Real Estate Law; Trademark Law; Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 2: Arbitration; Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Litigation-Intellectual Property; Litigation-Municipal; Litigation-Patent; Mediation; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants; Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Tier 3: Labor Law-Management

Evans Harrison Hackett

Tier 1: Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Labor & Employment

Franklin, Cooper & Marcus

Tier 1: Arbitration; Mediation

Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon

Tier 1: Litigation-Municipal; Tax Law

Tier 2: Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Real Estate; Litigation-Tax; Litigation-Trusts & Estates; Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 3: Real Estate Law

Husch Blackwell

Tier 1: Litigation-Trusts & Estates; Non–Profit/Charities Law; Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 2: Real Estate Law

Lawrence & Lawrence

Tier 1: Family Law

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan

Tier 1: Construction Law; Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants

Tier 2: Transportation Law

Tier 3: Mediation; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

Miller & Martin

Tier 1: Arbitration; Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law; Criminal Defense-General Practice; Criminal Defense-White Collar; ERISA Law; Employment Law-Management; Health Care Law; Labor Law-Management; Litigation-Construction; Litigation-Intellectual Property; Litigation-Labor & Employment; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants; Mediation; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Patent Law; Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants; Real Estate Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law; Trademark Law

Tier 2: Copyright Law; Energy Law; Litigation-Antitrust; Public Finance Law; Tax Law; Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 3: Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants

Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway

Tier 1: Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs

Tier 3: Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants

Paty, Rymer, Ulin, & Larramore

Tier 1: Railroad Law

Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary

Tier 1: Transportation Law

Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams

Tier 1: Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants; Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 2: ERISA Law; Health Care Law

Tier 3: Commercial Litigation

Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers

Tier 1: Criminal Defense-General Practice; Criminal Defense-White Collar; Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs

The Kendall Law Firm

Tier 1: Trusts & Estates Law

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis

Tier 3: Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Weems & Ronan

Tier 1: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation-Bankruptcy

Law Offices of Morgan Adams

Tier 2: Railroad Law

O’Neal & Walker

Tier 2: Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs

Ramer & Hedrick

Tier 2: Family Law

Van Dolson Law Firm

Tier 2: Trusts & Estates Law

William G. Colvin

Tier 2: Litigation-Construction

Farinash & Stofan

Tier 3: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Pierce & Huisman

Tier 3: Trusts & Estates Law

Source: U.S. News