By Best Lawyers | November 1, 2011
Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Stephen A. Houze to its "Best Law Firms" 2011-2012 list for Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Litigation
On November 1, 2011, U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® released the 2011-2012 "Best Law Firms" rankings, marking the second edition of this highly-anticipated annual analysis. The national first-tier rankings will be featured in U.S.News & World Report's Money issue, on newsstands November 15, 2011; 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. An important addition to this year's rankings is the naming of one "Law Firm of the Year" in each of the 75 nationally ranked practice areas. Law firms receiving this designation had an impressive overall performance in our research and are receiving the first award of this kind by U.S.News and Best Lawyers®.
Full data for the law firms that received rankings is available online, from the largest firms in the country to hundreds of one-person and two-person law firms, 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 - from the country's largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing to get a divorce or write a will - issues that have a bet-the-company implication (in the case of a corporation) or a potentially life-changing result (in the case of an individual).
"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."
"Best Lawyers was very pleased with the reaction from the legal profession and from legal clients to the first edition of the "Best Law Firms" rankings," says Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers. "By combining hard data with peer reviews, and client assessments, we continue to believe that we are providing clients with the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed."