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Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 – Competition

The research for this chapter has unearthed great competition expertise within California. In total we identify 28 individuals from 19 firms who earned the highest of praise from both clients and peers. San Francisco houses the Federal Trade Commission’s western field office and the city is home to over half the nominees. We have also uncovered leading lights in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, all of whom contribute to a burgeoning practice in the state.

Editorial: Employee Benefits in California

The area of ERISA and employee benefits law is one of major concern to US companies, with potential liability in this area sometimes reaching into millions of dollars. As such, clients rely on the lawyers in this chapter for their drafting skills, advice and, when necessary, representation in this area.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Commercial Litigation

Litigation is big business in California, and this is reflected by the number of practitioners dedicated to this area, and the amount of boutique firms with a formidable presence in the state.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Mergers & Acquisitions

California’s economy is one of the largest in the world, let alone the United States, and as a result high levels of corporate activity and transactional work pass through and derive from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, and other places in the state. As such, there are particularly high levels of transactional legal expertise in the local commercial firms, and the research has identified 28 practitioners from 15 leading practices who stand out.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Aviation

Our research has uncovered 19 individuals from 16 firms who are recognised by clients and peers as pre-eminent for their aviation work. These lawyers represent a range of clients including airlines, insurers, engine and component manufacturers, and airports. However, practices differ greatly from individual to individual and firm to firm. A number of the most highly regarded practitioners focus on the commercial side of the industry, offering advice on areas such as aircraft purchase, sale, leasing and financing, alliances and joint ventures, as well as airline start-ups. Others specialise in contentious liability matters, such as those arising from major disasters.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Insurance & Reinsurance

Our research into the Californian insurance and reinsurance market uncovers 36 individuals from 23 firms.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: California 2007 - Arbitration


Recognised for some years as a viable alternative to the court system in the United States, commercial arbitration is firmly established as a popular forum for dispute resolution both nationally and internationally. This chapter identifies 11 leading arbitration experts who are highly proficient as neutral, panellist or counsel.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Texas 2007 – Real Estate

Continuing expansion in the increasingly competitive real estate sector ensures that this is one of the bestrepresented practice areas in the publication, and a core competency for many of the law firms listed here; many of which have their roots in the state and have grown alongside its cities. Participants “could not say enough good things” about Vinson & Elkins LLP, a Texan big-hitter with “a real estate practice that ranks with the premier firms in the country”.

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