Just a quick note to congratulate Tom Flaherty, Don Sensabaugh, Mike Bonasso and Jeff Wakefield on being selected by their peers as four of the Best Lawyers in America in 2006. They will be included in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
According to a press release our firm received from The Best Lawyers in America:
The new 12th edition marks the shift of Best Lawyers from a biennial to an annual publication. Given the speed of changes in the legal marketplace – which grows bigger, more complex, and more fluid every year – such a shift was inevitable. Advances in technology, such as online voting, have now made it possible.
Changes in the new edition show clearly why the shift to annual publication was necessary: 25 new specialties have been added, bringing the total to 57.
Responsiveness to the legal community is one reason why Best Lawyers is widely regarded – by both the profession and the public – as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Best Lawyers has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, and The Washington Post, and is the basis of more than 50 “best lawyers” features in regional newspapers and magazines. ALM has chosen our lists to be excerpted in Corporate Counsel and other ALM publications, calling Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
The standard for inclusion in Best Lawyers is as rigorous as it has always been. More than 18,500 leading attorneys throughout the country cast more than a million votes on the legal abilities of their colleagues. Because no fee or purchase is required to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is still considered a singular honor.
Best Lawyers' online presence continues to grow. In the past year, the site has received more than a million and a half hits and responded to more than 700,000 requests for lawyer searches. 8,796 listed attorneys, representing 876 law firms, have linked their firm web pages or bios to BestLawyers.com.