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U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers Names LeClairRyan in 2018 Best Law Firms Edition

01/10/2018

LeClairRyan is pleased to announce that fifty (50) of the firm’s practice areas have been selected for inclusion in most recent edition of U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers listing of Best Law Firms for 2018. Firms were ranked in tiers, both nationally and by metropolitan area, based on specific data including client and peer review surveys.

LeClairRyan’s selected practices, by geographic area and by ranking, include:

National Rankings

Tier 1
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Construction
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants

Tier 2
Construction Law
Corporate Law
Energy Law
Franchise Law
Insurance Law

Tier 3
Communications Law
Employment Law – Management
Information Technology Law
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Litigation – Environmental
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Venture Capital Law

Metropolitan Rankings



Atlanta, Ga.

Tier 1
Information Technology Law

Tier 2
Copyright Law

Boston, Mass

Tier 1
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law
Litigation – Construction
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Tier 2
Employment Law – Management

Tier 3
Banking and Finance Law
Construction Law


Charlottesville, Va.

Tier 1
Real Estate Law

Detroit, Mich.

Tier 2
Litigation – Patent
Patent Law

Fort Lauderdale

Tier 1
Real Estate Law

Tier 2
Litigation – Real Estate

Hartford, Conn.

Tier 1
Litigation – Construction
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Tier 2
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants

Tier 3
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law

Houston, Texas

Tier 1
Commercial Litigation
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Tier 2
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

New Haven, Conn.

Tier 1
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Tier 2
Employment Law – Management
Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Newark, N.J.

Tier 1
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Environmental Law
Labor Law – Management
Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Tier 2
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Corporate Compliance Law
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law

Tier 3
Insurance Law

New York, N.Y.

Tier 2
Franchise Law


Norfolk, Va.

Tier 1
Corporate Law
Litigation – Real Estate
Litigation – Tax
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 2
Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law
Commercial Litigation
Employment Law – Management
Government Relations Practice
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Litigation – Patent
Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Trademark Law

Tier 3
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Intellectual Property

Richmond, Va.

Tier 1
Administrative / Regulatory Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Biotechnology Law
Commercial Litigation
Communications Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Energy Law
Energy Regulatory Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Tax
Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Venture Capital Law

Tier 2
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trademark Law

Tier 3
Copyright Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Government Relations Practice
Litigation – Municipal
Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Roanoke, Va.

Tier 1
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Tier 2
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Tier 3
Appellate Practice

Rochester, N.Y.

Tier 1
Litigation – Intellectual Property

Tier 2
Commercial Litigation
Patent Law

Tier 3
Litigation – Environmental

San Francisco, Calif.

Tier 1
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Tier 3
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Washington, D.C.

Tier 1
Commercial Litigation

Tier 2
Administrative / Regulatory Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Government Relations Practice
Litigation – Bankruptcy

Tier 3
Communications Law
Energy Law

About the ranking

The Best Law Firms lists, representing specialties, tiered both nationally and by metropolitan areas, are compiled through national surveys, in which major clients and leading lawyers were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice area. In the end, clients – including every Fortune 100 company and more than half of the Fortune 1000 companies – provided firm practice-area evaluations; clients provided comments about law firm practice areas and individual lawyers; and lawyers provided firm practice-area evaluations.

The survey responses were then combined with nearly seven million evaluations of individual lawyers in these firms in the most recent Best Lawyers survey of leading lawyers. Hard numbers were also used to develop the practice area rankings — data about numbers of lawyers and their previous experience, numbers of clients within different billing ranges, numbers of transactions and litigation matters at different dollar levels; pro-bono commitment, diversity, and other objective data.