WASHINGTON November 3, 2014 — U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the fifth consecutive year, announce the 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings.
Firms included in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
“For thirty years, U.S. News has provided consumers with accurate, in-depth information and rankings of a wide range of institutions,” 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 school rankings.”
The 2015 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the US. Over 17,000 attorneys provided almost 600,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,500 clients provided more than 40,000 evaluations.
“For five years, we have combined massive amounts of hard data with peer reviews and client assessments to develop our law firm rankings,” says Steven Naifeh, CEO and Co-Founder of Best Lawyers. “Increasingly, clients tell us that ours are the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms available anywhere.”
Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. 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.
Awards were given in 74 national practice areas and 120 metropolitan practice areas. One “Law Firm of the Year” is named in 73 of the nationally ranked practice areas.
The 2015 “Best Law Firms” list will be featured in two publications, distributed later this month. The national first-tier rankings will be featured in the second edition of the “Best Law Firms” Legal Issue, which will be distributed to over 30,000 C-level executives. National and metropolitan first-tier rankings will be featured in the “Best Law Firms” General Counsel Publication, which will be distributed to more than 30,000 in-house counsel and in digital format to more than 60,000 private practice lawyers worldwide.
The 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.
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Forshey Prostok Adds Trial Lawyer Steve Aldous as Partner in Dallas
DALLAS – The complex bankruptcy law firm Forshey Prostok is expanding its Dallas office with the addition of longtime trial attorney Steve Aldous, who brings more than 25 years of civil litigation experience.
Mr. Aldous’ practice involves business disputes of kinds, with an emphasis on intellectual property, investment disputes and serious personal injury cases. His trial record includes cases involving claims for breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, professional negligence, securities fraud, patent and trademark infringement, employment liability, product liability, insurance disputes, adversarial bankruptcy proceedings, class-action defense, and real estate fraud.
Mr. Aldous has argued cases before the Texas and Alaska Supreme Courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 10th Circuits, and appellate courts throughout Texas.
“Steve is a first-rate trial lawyer, and that’s great news for the companies we represent on the bankruptcy and work-out side,” says Jeff Prostok, a founding partner at Forshey Prostok. “Now, when our clients need trial help, Steve can step in and provide the kind of experience and value they’ve come to expect.”
Mr. Aldous is a member of the Dallas chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, ABOTA, a prestigious organization dedicated to preserving jury trials, with membership limited to attorneys with significant experience in that realm. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest legal rating available. Mr. Aldous repeatedly has been named to the annual Texas Super Lawyers list published by Thomson Reuters’ legal division.
“I’m very excited by the opportunity to work with Jeff and Bobby Forshey, and the other fine lawyers at Forshey Prostok,” Mr. Aldous says. “My trial work will enhance the range of services available to the firm’s clients, and I’m looking forward to the adventure.”
About Forshey Prostok LLP:
Forshey Prostok provides extensive experience in areas of bankruptcy law. The firm’s scope of representation includes handling complex business reorganizations, enforcing of creditor’s rights, leading commercial and bankruptcy-related litigation, overseeing creditors’ committees, directing workouts, and closing bankruptcy acquisitions. Forshey Prostok is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was rated top small firm in Texas business and transactions in the 2013 edition of Texas Super Lawyers, Business Edition.
Publication Cites Bankruptcy Boutique for Business & Transactions Expertise
FORT WORTH, Texas – Nov. 19, 2013 – Specializing in bankruptcy and reorganization litigation, the founding partners of Forshey Prostok have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Super Lawyers Business Edition. Recognized numerous times in the Texas Super Lawyers Magazine since 2003, J. Robert “Bobby” Forshey and Jeff P. Prostok have now been listed in the Business Edition’s Business & Transactions section as the top small firm in Texas in that category.
The Business Edition features top attorneys chosen from a master list of thousands of commercial practices across the United States. An annual resource that serves as the go-to guide for general counsel and executives in charge of making legal hiring decisions, the publication is read by more than 40,000 presidents and CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies and in-house counsel.
In her Publisher’s letter, Cindy Larson said, “the Annual Super Lawyers Business Edition features the top attorneys in commercial practices across the nation. This definitive guide identifies lawyers from more than 8,500 firms who have mastered their skills in business and transactional work; construction, real estate and environmental; employment; IP; and business litigation.”
In addition to the recognition bestowed on Forshey Prostok by Texas Super Lawyers, Jeff Prostok has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th Edition of the The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).
“It’s an honor for two prominent publications such as Texas Super Lawyers Business Edition and Best Lawyers to recognize the work we do in bankruptcy and business transaction law practice,” Prostok stated. “While Forshey Prostok may not be the largest bankruptcy law firm in the Southwest, we have a longstanding reputation for providing creative and successful outcomes that belie our size. The fact that our peers take notice of our work is deeply appreciated.”
About Forshey Prostok LLP:
Forshey Prostok has extensive experience in areas of bankruptcy law. The firm’s scope of recent and ongoing representation includes business reorganizations, enforcement of creditor’s rights, leading commercial and bankruptcy-related litigation, overseeing creditors’ committees, directing workouts and closing bankruptcy acquisitions. www.forsheyprostok.com.
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