Sidley has maintained for decades, and across geographic regions, an uncompromising commitment to providing the highest quality service to our clients. Such dedication has earned the firm recognition by peers, clients and industry publications, including, most recently, in the 2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey, in which we are extremely honored to receive 50 first-tier national rankings.
This marks the fourth year in a row—every year since the survey’s inception—that Sidley has collected more first-tier national rankings than any other U.S. law firm. Sidley also earned the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” recognition in the Corporate Law and Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law categories; seven of the firm’s offices also received first-tier rankings in the survey’s regional rankings.
“This is quite an accomplishment,” said Steven Naifeh, President and Founder, Best Lawyers. “I wish to congratulate Sidley on its clear commitment to client service.”
Released November 1, 2013, the 2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. The 2014 survey had the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. More than 12,000 attorneys provided more than 330,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,000 clients provided close to 20,000 evaluations.
Chuck Douglas, Chairman of the firm’s Management Committee, pointed out that in addition to receiving the highest number of first-tier recognitions, Sidley was recognized in key areas of the U.S. jurisdictions in which it practices. “Our success speaks to Sidley’s core values—providing exceptional value and service in many important areas to many clients.”
A commitment to high-caliber service
Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity, according to the editors of Best Lawyers. They also note that “Law Firm of the Year” designations are based on a law firm’s overall performance in a given practice area and represent a significant showing in the survey research.
“We view our continued success in these rankings as a direct reflection of what our clients think about us, and of the high-caliber service we provide,” said Carter Phillips, Chair of Sidley’s Executive Committee. “Being recognized for four straight years with the most first-tier national rankings makes us exceedingly proud of the relationships we have developed with our clients and the fact they consistently view us as a trusted advisor.”
A record of results
Sidley received first-tier national rankings in the following 50 practice areas:
Antitrust Law, Appellate Practice, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Biotechnology Law, Commercial Litigation, Communications Law, Corporate Law, Derivatives and Futures Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Equipment Finance Law, FDA Law, Health Care Law, Immigration Law, Insurance Law, International Arbitration – Commercial, International Arbitration – Governmental, International Trade and Finance Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – First Amendment, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation – Patent, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Litigation – Securities, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Media Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Mutual Funds Law, Natural Resources Law, Patent Law, Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law, Public Finance Law, Railroad Law, Real Estate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Securitization and Structured Finance Law, Tax Law, Technology Law, Transportation Law, Trusts & Estates Law and Venture Capital Law.
U.S. News & World Report, a multi‐platform publisher of news and analysis, and Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected lawyer ranking service in the world, publishes the national first-tier rankings in the U.S. News & World Report’s Legal issue, which will be distributed to more than 30,000 C-level executives. National and metropolitan first‐tier rankings are featured in the “Best Law Firms” standalone publication, distributed to more than 30,000 in-house counsel and, in digital format, to more than 60,000 private practice lawyers worldwide.
Click here to view a full listing of the 2014 rankings.