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Editorial: Employee Benefits in Texas

The wide variety of claims that corporations can be subject to, often involving potential liability in millions of dollars, means that this area is of increasing importance to clients and by extension their outside counsel. This, coupled with the recent changes in regulations in this area, has led to high levels of activity for the partners featured in this chapter – “the government is keeping us busy”, as one souce puts it.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Texas 2007 - Management Labour & Employment

We list 30 management labour and employment specialists in this chapter, mirroring the current buoyancy of the labour market and reflecting the prosperity of this practice area in Texas.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Texas 2007 - Aviation

According to Fortune magazine’s 2007 ranking of America’s largest corporations by revenue, four of the country’s largest companies within the aviation industry are headquartered in Texas – AMR, Continental Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Express Jet Holdings. Geneva based Airports Council International, a trade group for the world’s commercial aviation industry, lists Dallas Fort Worth International Airport as the sixth busiest airport in the world with Houston coming in at No. 18. This, coupled with strong industry links to Texas, ensures that a number of the practice area’s leading lights practice in the state. Nineteen of these are included in this chapter, the majority of whom specialise in litigation and contentious liability matters arising out of major accidents.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Texas 2007 - Insurance & Reinsurance

Research for this chapter uncovers 30 individuals, from 22 firms, with a proven track record representing both policyholders and carriers on the myriad of issues falling under the umbrella of insurance law.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Texas 2007 - Banking

Our research identifies a raft of talented banking lawyers, many of whom are associated with Texas’s historic and thriving oil and gas industry. Respondents often recommended Vinson & Elkins LLP as an “excellent banking practice”.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2006 - Product Liability Defence

Our research discovered a competitive market for product liability defence work in Chicago. Interviewees drew our attention to the success of boutique firms practising in the area of product liability defence. Two of these emerged from the research with distinction.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2006 – Real Estate

Poet Carl Sandburg described Chicago as “City of the big shoulders” – referring to the ingenious high-rise solution to soaring urban real estate premiums in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2006 - Environment

The research for this chapter identifies 36 highly rated environment experts from 18 firms. The practice of environment law is, however, diverse, with experts offering advice to clients on transactional, litigation and regulatory matters.

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