Author: Luke A. Wake
Pacific Legal Foundation is accorded a "Top Tier" place in the 2010 "Best Law Firms" Rankings, released today by U.S. News & World Report, in partnership with "Best Lawyers."
The ranking, of 8,782 law firms in 81 practice areas, are available here.
PLF is listed under "Metropolitan Top-Tier Rankings," in the "Sacramento" category, for the specialty, "Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law."
"We are honored by this recognition of PLF's role as the leading legal watchdog for constitutional property rights and limited government," said PLF Litigation Director James S. Burling. "No other legal organization has won more victories for property rights at the U.S. Supreme Court, and no legal organization can claim a more significant caseload of property rights litigation over the 37 years since PLF was founded. The U.S. News ranking is a reflection of our commitment and success in this vital area of the law."
Tim Smart, Executive Editor of U.S. News & World Report, issued this statement about the 2010 rankings, which are the magazine's inaugural rankings of law firms: "U.S. News has more than two decades of experience in providing the public with the most accurate in-depth rankings of a wide range of institutions, including our Best Law Schools rankings. This experience, coupled with our growing reputation as a leading career information resource, makes these law firm rankings a logical next step."
Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, issued this statement about the rankings: "U.S. News is the world's leading publisher of institutional rankings based on both objective data and peer evaluations. We are combining this expertise with Best Lawyers' experience of providing rankings of individual lawyers based on peer reviews for almost three decades. By combining hard data with peer review assessments, we believe that we are providing users with the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings law firms ever developed."
Development of the rankings involved surveys, in which clients and leading attorneys were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice area. Nationwide, 9,514 clients of law firms across the country provided 194,370 firm practice evaluations; 6,190 clients provided 11, 1181 comments about law firm practice areas and individual lawyers; and 8,842 lawyers provided 594,012 firm practice evaluations.