In the most comprehensive evaluation ever of U.S. law firms, U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released their inaugural Best Law Firm rankings. Barley Snyder was placed on the first tier rankings in the Harrisburg metropolitan area for the following practice areas; corporate law, general commercial litigation and real estate law.
In the rankings, almost 9,000 law firms in 81 specific practice areas were evaluated and ranked through a combination of hard data, peer reviews and client assessments. A total of 9,154 clients provided over 194,000 practice-area evaluations and 8,842 lawyers provided over 594,000 practice-area evaluations. These responses were then combined with more than 3.1 million individual attorney evaluations from the 2010 Best Lawyers survey.
“By combining hard data with peer reviews and client assessments, we believe we are providing users with the most thorough, accurate and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed,” stated Steve Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of experience.
These reputational survey responses were combined with more than 3.1 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.
The national first-tier rankings are featured in the October print issue of U.S. News & World Report. The rankings are also available online at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com
About Barley Snyder, LLC
Barley Snyder is a full-service law firm of 65 attorneys with five offices throughout Central Pennsylvania in Lancaster, York, Reading, Hanover and Berwyn. Barley Snyder attorneys practice in all major areas of civil law, including: Litigation, Business, Banking, Corporate and Securities, Employment, Labor, Employee Benefits, Immigration, Workers’ Compensation, Finance, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights, Tax, Intellectual Property, Environmental, Health Care, Real Estate, Municipal Law and Trusts and Estates.
About the U.S. News Media Group
The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine, the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Money & Business, Education, and Public Service/Opinion,the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group’s signature franchises include its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its “America’s Best” series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans, and more.