usnews-bl-logoHare Wynn received the following firm rankings in the  U.S. News – Best Lawyers report released this week:

Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton is the only law firm in Alabama to receive the highest Tier One National Ranking in Product Liability-Plaintiffs in the U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2010 Best Law Firms rankings. The firm was also listed at the Tier Three level nationally in the category of General Commercial Litigation

Hare Wynn was also selected in Tier One in the following Metropolitan / Birmingham Rankings:

General Commercial Litigation
Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs
Transportation Law

The rankings, including 30,322 rankings of 8,782 law firms in 81 practice areas are presented in tiers both nationally and by metropolitan area or by state. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise.

A total of  9,514 participants responded to the survey – 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.

“U.S. News is the world’s leading publisher of institutional rankings based on both objective data and peer evaluations,” says 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.”
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 results of the survey are posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms; the national first-tier rankings will be featured in the October print issue of U.S.News & World Report.