Morrison & Foerster received strong rankings in the inaugural edition of the highly anticipated new survey produced by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, "Best Law Firms," which was released online this week and will appear in the October issue of U.S.News.
We ranked among the Top 10 law firms nationwide - out of more than 8,500 firms - based on the number of top-tier national rankings we earned. These included highest honors in such cornerstone areas as: Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Commercial Litigation, IP, Energy, Securitization/Structured Finance, Employment and Labor, and Tax. We also earned top-tier metropolitan rankings across our offices in a wide range of areas, including: Biotechnology, Corporate, Capital Markets, Environmental, Real Estate, Technology, and Venture Capital. And we had a strong performance in California with 35 top-tier metropolitan rankings across our offices - more than any other firm in the state.
The results were derived from feedback from 9,500 clients, including every Fortune 100 company and 587 of the Fortune 1000 companies. Among the more than 8,500 firms ranked are the entire AmLaw 200 and NLJ 250. These survey responses were combined with more than 3.1 million evaluations of individual lawyers in these firms in the most recent Best Lawyers survey of leading lawyers. Hard numbers were also used to develop the practice area rankings, including data about numbers of lawyers, numbers of clients within different billing ranges, and numbers of transactions and litigation matters at different dollar levels.