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Wolff & Samson Recognized in Inaugural 2010 Best Law Firms Rankings

September 2010

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Wolff & Samson is pleased to announce that the firm has earned top honors in numerous practice areas at both the national and state levels in the inaugural Best Law Firms rankings published by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers.

At the national level, Wolff & Samson was recognized in the 2010 Best Law Firms rankings for its General Commercial Litigation practice. In New Jersey, the firm was honored with Tier 1 rankings in the following practice areas: Administrative/Regulatory Law; Construction Law; Corporate Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Environmental Law; General Commercial Litigation; and Mergers & Acquisitions Law. The firm was also acknowledged at the state level for its Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization, Trusts and Estates, Real Estate, and Tax practices.

Achieving a high ranking in Best Law Firms is “a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise,” stated its publishers. The mission of Best Law Firms, as declared by US News in its announcement of the inaugural rankings, is “to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing to get a divorce or write a will…[to those] who need an especially high level of legal work because of the particularly difficult legal issues presented.”

The inaugural rankings, which are presented in tiers both nationally and by metropolitan area or by state, showcase 8,782 different law firms ranked in one or more of 81 major practice areas. The rankings are posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms.

The rankings were compiled based on responses to national surveys, in which major clients and leading lawyers were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice area. In the end, 9,514 clients – including every Fortune 100 company and 587 of the Fortune 1000 companies – provided 194,370 firm practice-area evaluations; 6,190 clients provided 11,181 comments about law firm practice areas and individual lawyers; and 8,842 lawyers provided 594,012 firm practice-area evaluations.

These reputational 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 — data about numbers of lawyers and their previous experience, numbers of clients within different billing ranges, numbers of transactions and litigation matters at different dollar levels; pro-bono commitment, diversity, and other objective data.

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