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Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Mergers & Acquisitions

The effects of the global credit crunch are still making themselves felt across the US economy, but in our research we found that levels of optimism remain high among the M&A lawyers we canvassed.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Management Labour & Employment

A total of 32 individuals have been selected for entry into the management labour and employment chapter.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Patents

This chapter identifies 22 intellectual property professionals who are specialists in the area of patents. Of these 22 individuals, 12 hail from IP boutiques, demonstrating the strong hold that these specialised firms have on the market.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Private Funds

Fourteen lawyers represent eight firms in this year's private funds chapter, where their expertise in advising the state's sophisticated funds industry ranges from M&A to real estate. The lawyers that this chapter focuses on are experts in fund formation.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Product Liability Defence

Illinois has a reputation for first-rate litigation expertise, which extends to its product liability defence lawyers, not only from large firms, but also from high-profile boutiques. This spread is reflected in our research, which identifies 26 leading practitioners from 16 firms.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 – Real Estate

Faced with a market slowdown, fewer residential deals and an increase in mortgage foreclosures, Illinois real estate lawyers are feeling the pinch as much as anyone.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Trademarks

Trademarks have become global currency, and defending a brand's distinctiveness has never been more important in an increasingly globalised, homogeneous marketplace.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Business Crime Defence 2008

The 2008 edition of The International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers identifies 376 practitioners from 34 jurisdictions who are considered by clients and peers to be the most eminent white-collar crime lawyers.

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