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09.15.2010 Williams Mullen has 47 first-tier metropolitan rankings in Best Lawyers and U.S. News Media Group's Best Law Firms inaugural publication

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released the 2010 Best Law Firms rankings, marking the inaugural publication of this highly-anticipated annual analysis. The rankings include 30,322 rankings of 8,782 law firms in 81 practice areas. Williams Mullen lawyers received 47 first-tier metropolitan rankings.

Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of experience.

“This is a significant ranking process for U.S. law firms,” states Tom Frantz, CEO and President of Williams Mullen. “We were very pleased with the results and believe they are a well-deserved affirmation of the client-first focus, hard work and legal excellence our lawyers bring to the table day-after-day for our clients.”

The level of response to the national surveys was significant. 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.

Williams Mullen’s 47 first-tier practice rankings are as follows:

Charlottesville
Corporate Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Venture Capital Law

Hampton Roads
Banking and Finance Law
Construction Law
Corporate Law
Employment Law - Management
General Commercial Litigation
Health Care Law
Labor Law - Management
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law

Raleigh
Construction Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law - Management
Environmental Law
Government Relations Practice
Health Care Law
Labor Law - Management
Real Estate Law
Tax Law

Richmond
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights /
Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Construction Law
Corporate Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law - Management
Entertainment Law
Environmental Law
General Commercial Litigation
Government Relations Practice
Health Care Law
Intellectual Property Law
Labor Law - Management
Land Use & Zoning Law
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law

Wilmington-NC
Admiralty & Maritime Law
Construction Law
General Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

These rankings are posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms; the national first-tier rankings will be featured in the October print issue of U.S.News & World Report, which will go on sale September 27.
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