U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® have released the 2011-2012 “Best Law Firms” rankings, marking the second edition of this highly-anticipated annual analysis. The national first-tier rankings is featured in U.S. News & World Report’s Money issue; the national and metropolitan first-tier rankings are featured in the “Best Law Firms” standalone publication, which is being distributed to 30,000 general counsel and in digital format to 58,000 private practice lawyers worldwide; the rankings in their entirety are posted online at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

These rankings, which are presented in tiers, showcase 9,633 different law firms ranked nationally in one or more of 75 major legal practice areas and in metropolitan or state rankings in one or more of 119 major legal practice areas. Fraser Stryker achieved the following Metropolitan Rankings:

Tier 1—Omaha
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law—Management
Insurance Law
Labor Law—Management
Litigation—Eminent Domain & Condemnation
Litigation—Labor & Employment
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Personal Injury Litigation—Defendants
Personal Liability Litigation—Defendants
Real Estate Law

Tier 2—Omaha
Corporate Law
Environmental Law
Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs
Trusts & Estates Law

Full data is available online for the law firms that received rankings, 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. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise. The mission of “Best Law Firms” from the start has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients.

“U.S. News has more than two decades of experience in providing the public with the most accurate and in-depth rankings of a wide range of institutions, including our Best Law Schools rankings,” 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 schools rankings.”

The U.S. News—Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of 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 formal submission process. An unprecedented amount of data was collected in the project’s second year, and this combined data resulted in the 2011-2012 “Best Law Firms” rankings. For more information on the ranking process, see Methodology for 2011-2012 U.S.News—Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”

This article is provided by Fraser Stryker for general informational purposes and is not intended to be and should not be construed as legal advice on any specific facts or circumstances.