September 27, 2010

Faegre & Benson Receives More Than 40 First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News "Best Law Firms" Survey

Faegre & Benson LLP received three first-tier national rankings in the inaugural U.S. News & World Report "Best Law Firms" special feature released this week.

The firm was ranked nationally in a total of 13 practice areas, receiving recognition for legal excellence in antitrust law, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, construction law, corporate law, franchise law, general commercial litigation, insurance law, mergers & acquisitions law, Native American law, securities/capital markets law, sports law, tax law, and venture capital law.

Faegre & Benson was ranked in 30 practice areas in Minnesota and 19 practice areas in Colorado.

Nearly 150 law firms were ranked in Minnesota. Faegre & Benson received 26 first-tier Minneapolis metropolitan rankings, more than any other law firm in the state.  Faegre & Benson is the only firm in Minnesota ranked for private equity law (Minneapolis) and the only first-tier firm in the state for venture capital law (Minneapolis). The firm is ranked second in the state for the total number of national rankings.

In Colorado, 258 firms were ranked. Faegre & Benson ranked among the top five law firms in the state for the total number of first-tier Colorado rankings.  The firm is ranked seventh in the state for the total number of national rankings.

According to U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers, "Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise.

A complete list of Faegre & Benson's rankings, both national and local, is listed below:

National Rankings

Tier 1

Construction Law
Franchise Law
Native American Law


Tier 2

Securities/Captial Markets Law
Sports Law
Venture Capital Law


Tier 3

Antitrust Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Corporate Law
General Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Tax Law


State Rankings


Colorado, Tier 1

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Construction Law
Corporate Law
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental Law
Franchise Law
General Commercial Litigation
Health Care Law
Intellectual Property Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Non-Profit/Charities Law
Real Estate Law
Venture Capital Law


Minneapolis, Tier 1

Antitrust Law
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Construction Law
Corporate Law
Environmental Law
Franchise Law
Gaming Law
General Commercial Litigation
Government Relations Practice
Health Care Law
Immigration Law
Insurance Law
Intellectual Property Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Native American Law
Oil & Gas Law
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Private Equity Law
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Real Estate Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law
Venture Capital Law


Colorado, Tier 2

Insurance Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Sports Law
Tax Law


Minneapolis, Tier 2

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law - Management
Public Finance Law

In total, 1,859 firms participated in the marketing-officer and recruiting-officer surveys. 9,514 clients (including every Fortune 100 company and 587 of the Fortune 1000 companies) provided 194,370 firm practice-area evaluations, 6,190 clients provided 11,181 comments about law firm practice areas and individual lawyers, and 8,842 lawyers provided 594,012 firm practice-area evaluations.

Clients voted on expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to a firm. Lawyers voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, and whether they would refer a matter to a firm and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.

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