US News and World Report
, known to many potential law students for its annual law school rankings, recently partnered with Best Lawyers
to start a similar ranking for law firms
. According to its Web site:
U.S. News and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, have joined to rank nearly 9,000 firms in 81 practice areas in 171 metropolitan areas and 7 states.
The ranking system divides firms into tiers
. The following Hawaii law firms are considered Tier 1 in the category of Land Use and Zoning Law:
- Ashford and Wriston, LLP
- Belles Graham Proudfoot Wilson and Chun, LLP
- Cades Schutte LLP
- Carlsmith Ball LLP
- Imanaka Kudo and Fujimoto LLLC
What these rankings mean for attorneys and their potential clients is currently being debated
in legal circles. But, if attorneys and clients come to rely on these rankings as a litmus test, it could be a game changer. In particular, it may aversely impact solo-practitioners and smaller firms that have provided excellent service to clients in the area of land use law.
Whatever the outcome, if US New's annual law school ranking is any indicator, this will sell more magazines.
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