Press Release September 15, 2010

Goodwin Procter Honored in U.S. News and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Survey

Goodwin Procter Achieves 54 Rankings in National and Metropolitan Practice Areas

BOSTON, Sept. 15, 2010U.S. News and Best Lawyers announced that Goodwin Procter achieved 54 rankings in national and metropolitan practice areas in its inaugural “Best Law Firms” survey.  The firm was honored with top tier rankings in six national and 22 metropolitan practice areas.  Clients and leading lawyers were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice area.  Goodwin Procter’s complete list of rankings include:

National Rankings

Tier 1
     Banking and Finance Law
     Corporate Law
    Intellectual Property Law
     Mutual Funds Law
     Private Equity Law
     Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law

Tier 2
     Admiralty & Maritime Law
     Mergers & Acquisitions Law
     Tax Law

Tier 3
     Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
     General Commercial Litigation
     Securities / Capital Markets Law

Metropolitan Rankings

Tier 1

 Boston
      Banking and Finance Law
      Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
      Biotechnology Law
      Corporate Law
      Criminal Defense: White-Collar
      Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
      Environmental Law
      Information Technology Law
      Intellectual Property Law
      Land Use & Zoning Law
      Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
      Mergers & Acquisitions Law
      Mutual Funds Law
      Private Equity Law
      Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
      Real Estate Law
      Tax Law    
      Technology Law
      Trusts & Estates Law

 San Francisco
      Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law

 Washington
      Banking and Finance Law
      Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law

Tier 2

 Boston
      General Commercial Litigation
      Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
      Securities / Capital Markets Law
      Venture Capital Law

 New York
      Intellectual Property Law
 

San Francisco
      Intellectual Property Law

 Washington
      Admiralty & Maritime Law
      FDA Law
      General Commercial Litigation
      Intellectual Property Law
      Mutual Funds Law

Tier 3

 Boston
      Employment Law - Management

 Los Angeles
      Public Finance Law
      Real Estate Law

 New York
      Banking and Finance Law
      Criminal Defense: White-Collar

 San Francisco
      Antitrust Law
      Real Estate Law

 Washington
      Environmental Law

Tier 4

 New York
      Tax Law


These rankings will be published in U.S. News & World Report, a stand-alone “Best Law Firms” publication, which will be sent to 30,000 general counsel in the U.S. and to 55,000 leading lawyers globally, and a special section on the USNews.com website.

The U.S. News/Best Lawyers rankings covered 8,782 law firms and 81 practice areas.  Rankings were determined with hard data compiled by U.S. News researchers and with reputational surveys collected by Best Lawyers staff.  The hard data included numbers of lawyers and clients, numbers of transactions and litigation matters, pro bono commitment, diversity and other objective data.

Reputational input was received from 9,514 clients -- including every Fortune 100 company and 587 of the Fortune 1000 companies.  These responses provided more than 194,000 firm practice area evaluations, while some 6,200 clients provided researchers more than 11,000 comments about law firm practice areas and individual lawyers.  Also, about 9,000 lawyers completed nearly 595,000 practice area evaluations.

About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C.  The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property, products liability and mass torts.  Information may be found at www.goodwinprocter.com.