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Front Page - Friday, November 11, 2016

Chattanooga law firms earn top rankings

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel has earned first-tier rankings in 14 practice areas from Best Lawyers. - Photograph by David Laprad

Five Chattanooga law firms have announced top rankings from Best Lawyers: Miller & Martin; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel; Husch Blackwell; and Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan.

Miller & Martin’s Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law practices are ranked on a national scale. The firm’s Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in Chattanooga include: Arbitration; Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law; Criminal Defense – General Practice; Criminal Defense – White Collar; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Management; Health Care Law; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Labor & Employment; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; Mediation; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Patent Law; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; Real Estate Law; and Trademark Law.

Baker Donelson’s Chattanooga office has earned the following Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings: Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Commercial Litigation; Copyright Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Energy Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Litigation – Tax; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; Public Finance Law; Real Estate Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law; Tax Law; and Trusts & Estates Law.

Chambliss Bahner has received first-tier rankings in 14 practice areas: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Copyright Law; Corporate Law; Employment Law – Management; Energy Law; Health Care Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – Labor & Employment; Non-Profit/Charities Law; Real Estate Law; Trademark Law; and Trusts & Estates Law.

“Our firm is honored to receive this recognition from our clients and peers,” said Mike St. Charles, managing shareholder for Chambliss. “It confirms that we are meeting and exceeding our clients’ expectations and providing exceptional service.”

Husch Blackwell received Metropolitan Tier 1 recognition in Litigation – Trusts & Estates and Non-Profit/Charities Law.

Leitner Williams was ranked regionally in seven practice areas. The firm’s Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in Chattanooga include Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.

Best Law Firms rankings are based on an evaluation process that 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 submission process.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and metropolitan scale. The highest ranking – Tier 1 – is based on a firm’s overall evaluation, which is derived from a combination of client feedback, the regard lawyers in the same practice area but at other firms have for the firm, and the information the firm provided to Best Lawyers via a survey.

Sources: Miller & Martin, Baker Donelson, Chambliss Bahner, Husch Blackwell, and Leitner Williams