U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have announced the release of the 2010 Best Law Firms rankings, which marks the first publication of this annual analysis. The personal injury law firm of Anapol Weiss has been included in the Best Law Firms ranking covered in the October 2010 issue of U.S. News & World Report. In being acknowledged under Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action-Plaintiffs, Anapol Weiss joins the collection of 30,322 rankings of 8,782 law firms in 81 practice areas.
The ranking provides a categorization of law firms based on peer reviews and client assessments, and incorporates the 3.1 million evaluations of 39,372 individual leading lawyers gathered by Best Lawyers in its most current annual survey. Moreover, clients provided votes for the ranking based on a law firm’s expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility and whether they would refer another client to a firm. Attorneys voted on the same points with integrity and whether they would consider a firm a worthy competitor added as additional aspects.
In compiling its list, U.S. News & World Report and Best Law Firms utilized specific criteria to help guide referring attorneys and clients. For over twenty years, U.S. News has given the public rankings that are precise and thorough regarding different kinds of institutions. For the practice area rankings, some information collected relates to data about the number of attorneys at a firm as well as their previous experience, the numbers of clients within various billing scales, numbers of transactions and litigation matters at different dollar levels, pro-bono commitment, diversity, and additional data based on several factors.