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Press Release

PILLSBURY SCORES BIG WITH 56 TIER 1 RANKINGS IN 2011 U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS SURVEY U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers name Pillsbury first “Law Firm of the Year” for Equipment Finance Law; Pillsbury’s Tier 1 and National Rankings more than double from 2010 survey results

November 7, 2011

New York—Pillsbury more than doubled its 2010 high scores in the second edition (2011-2012) of U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®“Best Law Firm” rankings – a comprehensive survey of America's top law firms – racking up 124 practice rankings, including 56 Tier 1 rankings (up from 27 last year) and 41 national rankings (up from 10 last year). Pillsbury added many new national and metropolitan rankings across the board, including Appellate Practice, Environmental Law, and Construction Law at the Tier 1 level. The survey also resulted in 128 individual rankings for Pillsbury attorneys, with 78 lawyers ranked in one or more of 75 major practice areas around the U.S., an increase over the firm’s 99 individual rankings in 2010.

An important addition to this year’s rankings is the recognition of one “Law Firm of the Year” in each of the 75 nationally-ranked practice areas. Law firms singled-out for this designation had “impressive overall performance in our research,” according to U.S. News and Best Lawyers. Pillsbury received this honor for “Equipment Finance Law,” which recognizes achievement in areas such as transportation, infrastructure and energy-related equipment financing.

"Pillsbury is extremely proud of the recognition we received from U.S. News and Best Lawyers, continuing our firm’s history of having among the most market leading practices and among the most talented practitioners. Pillsbury is pleased to have more than doubled our Tier 1 rankings over last year’s results - scoring high in practices supporting our strengths in energy and the environment, technology, financial services, real estate and health care," said Pillsbury Firm Chair Jim Rishwain. "We are grateful for our clients’ participation and their feedback for Pillsbury. Client service means the most to us and it is our clients’ success and approval that is most rewarding.”

All together, Pillsbury secured 56 Tier 1 rankings, 55 Tier 2 rankings and 13 Tier 3 rankings. Below is the complete list:

National Rankings
Tier 1
Appellate Practice
Corporate Law
Energy Law
Environmental Law
Equipment Finance Law
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Tax
Project Finance Law
Trust & Estates Law
Tier 2
Banking and Finance Law
Biotechnology Law
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Governance Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar – Litigation
Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television
Entertainment Law – Music
Financial Services Regulation Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Litigation – Antitrust
Litigation ” ERISA
Litigation – Patent
Litigation – Real Estate
Litigation ” Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Oil & Gas Law
Private Equity Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tax Law
Venture Capital Law
Tier 3
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Insurance Law
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Litigation – Securities
Litigation – Trusts & Estates
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Real Estate Law
Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Metropolitan Rankings
Houston
Tier 1
Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation
Energy Law
Insurance Law
Natural Resources Law
Oil & Gas Law
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Project Finance Law
Tier 2
Corporate Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Litigation – Antitrust
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – ERISA
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Patents
Litigation – Securities
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Los Angeles
Tier 1
Construction Law
Natural Resources Law
Tier 2
Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television
Real Estate Law

New York City
Tier 1
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Energy Law
Equipment Finance Law
Litigation – Eminent Domain & Condemnation
Tier 2
Appellate Practice
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar – Governmental Investigations
Criminal Defense: White-Collar – Litigation
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Tax
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law

San Diego
Tier 1
Corporate Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – Environmental
Private Equity Law
Tier 2
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Venture Capital Law

San Francisco/Silicon Valley
Tier 1
Appellate Practice
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Corporate Law
Entertainment Law – Music
Environmental Law
Health Care Law
Information Technology Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Tax
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Project Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tax Law
Tier 2
Biotechnology Law
Corporate Governance Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Private Equity Law
Venture Capital Law

Washington DC/Northern Virginia
Tier 1
Construction Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Energy Law
Information Technology Law
IT Outsourcing Law
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Patent
Non-Profit/Charities Law
Real Estate Law
Trusts & Estates Law
Tier 2
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Real Estate
Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Litigation – Trusts & Estates
Patent Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law

Individual Lawyer Rankings
For 2011-2012, five Pillsbury lawyers have been named among Best Lawyers’ 2012 Lawyers of the Year:

  • David G. Keyko, Best Lawyers’ 2012 New York City Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Christopher J. McNevin, Best Lawyers’ 2012 Los Angeles Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year
  • J. Richard Morrissey, Best Lawyers’ 2012 Los Angeles Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants Lawyer of the Year
  • Lynn A. Soukup, Best Lawyers’ 2012 Washington, DC Securitization and Structured Finance Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Jeffrey M. Vesely, Best Lawyers’ 2012 San Francisco Tax Law Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers has also released their annual list of individual attorneys selected by their peers. To be selected for Best Lawyers an attorney must be nominated and voted on by fellow peers in the profession. In terms of individual lawyer rankings, 78 Pillsbury attorneys were ranked, two for the first time, with 27 attorneys recognized in two or more categories, for a total of 131 rankings, including:

William P. Atkins (3 categories), Rafi Azim-Khan, Craig A. Barbarosh (new), Michael R. Barr (2), Jill D. Block, William E. Bonano (2), Carol Seabrook Boulanger, Allen E. Briskin, Becky M. Bruner, William L. Burke (2), Donald A. Carr (new), Nathaniel M. Cartmell III (5), Howard L. Clemons, David J. Cynamon (5), David T. Dekker (2), Jorge A. del Calvo (5), Jeffrey J. Delaney, Julie A. Divola, Todd W. Eckland, John Engel, Richard L. Epling (2), Ian Ferguson (2), Ronald A. Fleming, Kevin M. Fong, Elizabeth H. W. Fry, George P. Haley (2), Ellen K. Harrison (2), John R. Heisse, Mark R. Hellerer (2), Robert C. Herr (2), Adam R. Hess (3), Gerry Hinkley, Mike Hird, Jerald A. Jacobs, Michael Evan Jaffe, David G. Keyko (6), Donald G. Kilpatrick, William C.F. Kurz, Daniel G. Lamb, Jr. (2), John G. Mauel, Christopher J. McNevin, Steven L. Meltzer, David L. Miller, E. Leo Milonas (3), Vince Morgan, J. Richard Morrissey, Michael Murphy, Rodney R. Peck (2), John F. Pritchard, Kenneth P. Quinn, Daniel N. Riesenberg, James M. Rishwain, Jr., Margaret Rosegay, Jerry W. Ross, Michael P. Schumaecker, Susan P. Serota, Marc S. Shapiro, Jay E. Silberg, George M. Sirilla (2), David R. Snyder (3), Lynn A. Soukup, Thomas E. Sparks, Jr. (2), Robin L. Spear, Samuel E. Stubbs (5), Michael J. Sullivan, Robert B. Thum, Cydney A. Tune, Jeffrey M. Vesely (2), Christopher R. Wall, William S. Waller, Philip S. Warden, Jan H. Webster, Stephen A. Weiner (3), William K. West (5), Blair W. White (2), Wendelin A. White, Stanton D. Wong and Robert E. Zahler (2).

About Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Pillsbury is a full-service law firm with a focus on the energy & natural resources, financial services, real estate & construction, and technology sectors. Based in the world's major financial, technology and energy centers, Pillsbury counsels clients on global regulatory, litigation and corporate matters. We work in multidisciplinary teams that allow us to anticipate trends and bring a 360-degree perspective to complex business and legal issues—helping clients to take greater advantage of new opportunities and better mitigate risk. This collaborative work style helps produce the results our clients seek.

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