September 15, 2010

Baker & Daniels Receives 34 Tier 1 Practice Rankings in Best Law Firms

Baker & Daniels LLP has received Tier 1 rankings in 34 practice areas by the 2010 Best Law Firms rankings announced today.

The announcement by the U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers marks the inaugural rankings of what is expected to be an annual analysis. The rankings, which include 30,322 rankings of 8,782 law firms in 81 practice areas, will be featured in the October print issue of U.S. News & World Report. The rankings are posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms.

The inaugural rankings are presented in tiers by metropolitan areas. In Tier 1, Baker & Daniels received 22 top rankings in Indianapolis, nine in Fort Wayne and three in South Bend. By metropolitan areas, Baker & Daniels received the following Tier 1 practice area rankings:

Indianapolis

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust Law
  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Family Law
  • Gaming Law
  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Health Care Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Nonprofit / Charities Law
  • Private Equity Law
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law
  • Venture Capital Law

Fort Wayne

  • Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Real Estate Law

South Bend

  • Corporate Law
  • Education Law
  • Health Care Law

The mission of Best Law Firms is to help guide referring lawyers and clients — from the country's largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing a divorce or will — through issues ranging from a bet-the-company implication for a corporation to a potentially life-changing result for an individual.

"U.S. News has more than two decades of experience in providing the public with the most accurate and in-depth rankings of a wide range of institutions, including our Best Law Schools rankings," said Tim Smart, Executive Editor of U.S. News & World Report. "This experience, coupled with our growing reputation as a leading career information resource, makes these law firm rankings a logical next step."

Major clients and leading lawyers were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice area. In the end, 9,514 clients — including every Fortune 100 company and 587 of the Fortune 1000 companies — provided 194,370 firm practice-area evaluations. Also, 6,190 clients provided 11,181 comments about law firm practice areas and individual lawyers, and 8,842 lawyers gave 594,012 firm practice-area evaluations.

"U.S. News is the world's leading publisher of institutional rankings based on both objective data and peer evaluations," said Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers. "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 reviews and client assessments, we believe that we are providing users with the most thorough, accurate and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed."

ABOUT 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.

ABOUT BEST LAWYERS

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For over a quarter century, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. The 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes 41,385 lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is based on more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. At www.bestlawyers.com, Best Lawyers also publishes peer-reviewed listings of lawyers in most of the world's major legal markets. Best Lawyers lists are excerpted in a wide range of general interest, business and legal publications worldwide, reaching an audience of more than 17 million readers.

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