Fairfield and Woods Achieves Rankings in Real Estate, Trust and Estate and Personal Injury in Best Law Firms

Press Release
For Immediate Release
September 15, 2010

By: Thomas P. Kearns

Denver, Colo., September 15, 2010 – Fairfield and Woods, P.C. received a Tier 1 ranking for the firm’s real estate practice in Colorado, according to rankings released today by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. The firm also received high rankings for Personal Injury Litigation (Plaintiffs) and Trusts and Estates Law. The 2010 Best Law Firms rankings mark the inaugural publication of what the two organizations consider the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise. A comprehensive list of both national and metropolitan rankings is posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms.  

“For 75 years now, Fairfield and Woods has been providing high-quality solutions and performing sophisticated legal work, and we are honored to be recognized for that professional dedication,” remarked Thomas Kearns, member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Regarding the methodology behind the endeavor, the U.S. News and Best Lawyers team reports that major clients and leading lawyers around the country 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. 

“Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to individual entrepreneurs, and we value our relationships with each of them,” said Kearns. “Being recognized by them for our good work is the highest compliment we could receive.”

The reputational survey responses were combined with more than 3.1 million evaluations of individual lawyers in these firms in the most recent Best Lawyers survey of leading lawyers. Hard numbers were also used to develop the practice area rankings—data about numbers of lawyers and their previous experience, numbers of clients within different billing ranges, numbers of transactions and litigation matters at different dollar levels; pro-bono commitment, diversity, and other objective data.