Press Release

Burns & Levinson Included in Multiple U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2013 “Best Law Firms” National Rankings

November 7, 2012


U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released the 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings, providing a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings.

Boston-based law firm Burns & Levinson LLP received multiple national and metropolitan rankings in numerous practice areas. The firm ranked nationally in Tier 2 for Bankruptcy Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Law and Trademark Law; and Tier 3 for Commercial Litigation.

The firm also achieved metropolitan rankings for the Boston area in Commercial Litigation, Individual Employment Law, Family Law, Bankruptcy Litigation, Eminent Domain & Condemnation Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Trusts & Estates Litigation, and Patent Law. Tier 2 metropolitan rankings for Boston were achieved in White Collar and Government Investigations Criminal Defense, White Collar Criminal Defense Litigation, Music Entertainment Law, Environmental Litigation, Labor & Employment Litigation, and Trademark Law. Tier 3 Boston metropolitan rankings were achieved in the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Patent Litigation and Trusts & Estates Law.

Burns & Levinson also received a Tier 1 metropolitan ranking for Rhode Island in Trusts & Estates Litigation; Tier 2 metropolitan ranking for Rhode Island in Environmental Law, and Tier 3 ranking for Rhode Island in Environmental Litigation.

“The ‘Best Law Firms’ rankings are now in their third year, and the reaction to the rankings from the legal profession and from legal clients continues to be very gratifying,” says Steven Naifeh, president of Best Lawyers. “Because we combine hard data with peer reviews and client assessments, more and more clients inform us that ours are the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed.”

In addition, Burns & Levinson attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, S.C.), the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. We congratulate the following attorneys for being included in the 2013 edition: Brian D. Bixby, Cornelius (Con) J. Chapman, Sean O. Coffey, Jerry Cohen, Steven Goodwin, Lawrence G. Green, Evelyn A. Haralampu, David P. Rosenblatt, Laura R. Studen, George N. Tobia, Jr., Donald E. Vaughan, and Ellen J. Zucker.

“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,” says Tim Smart, Executive Editor of U.S. News & World Report. “Law firms are an integral part of our rankings and a natural accompaniment to the law schools rankings.”

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