Baker Donelson Achieves High Rankings In 2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" List

Monday, November 4, 2013
Baker Donelson has garnered 175 first-tier metropolitan rankings in the 2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list, the fourth edition of an annual analysis that includes more than 11,000 U.S. law firms. These Tier 1 rankings across 11 metropolitan markets in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, D.C. earned Baker Donelson a spot among the top 20 firms nationally with the most first-tier metropolitan rankings.

In addition to its outstanding metropolitan rankings, Baker Donelson ranked nationally in 27 practice areas including earning a Tier 1 national ranking in three practice areas: Construction Law, Litigation – Construction and Railroad Law.
The Firm also has the most practice areas with first-tier rankings in the nation.

Additionally, Baker Donelson achieved the highest number of Tier 1 metropolitan rankings in Tennessee, with 94 practice areas ranked, and in Chattanooga, with 22 practice areas ranked.

The 2014 "Best Law Firms" rankings, produced by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers, are presented in tiers both nationally and by metropolitan area or by state. These rankings showcase more than 11,000 different law firms ranked nationally in one or more of 74 legal practice areas, and in metropolitan or state rankings in one or more of 120 major legal practice areas, 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.

To determine the "Best Law Firms" rankings, U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers conducted national surveys in which major clients and leading lawyers were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice area. These reputational survey responses were combined with more than 4.9 million evaluations of individual lawyers in these firms in the most recent Best Lawyers survey of leading lawyers.

More information about the methodology and the full list of rankings are available online at  http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/.

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