Thirty-five Eckert Seamans attorneys were recognized as leaders in their fields in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, across a variety of practice areas and firm offices. Notably, several Eckert Seamans attorneys were honored for their stand-out reputations in their respective markets: Heidi B. Hamman Shakely was named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Harrisburg Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year; Stephen M. Foxman, was named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Philadelphia Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year; Christopher R. Opalinski was named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Pittsburgh Litigation - Construction Lawyer of the Year; David V. Radack was named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Pittsburgh Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year; Dean F. Richardson was named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Pittsburgh Public Finance Law Lawyer of the Year; and Thomas A. Lisk was named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Richmond Government Relations Practice Lawyer of the Year.
The 2011 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognized the firm for excellence in numerous practice area categories; eight of the firm’s lawyers have been ranked by their peers and clients as leaders in their respective fields, including Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Intellectual Property, Leisure & Hospitality, Environment and General Commercial Litigation. Additionally, the firm’s Leisure & Hospitality practice earned a national ranking, while the Bankruptcy/Restructuring and Intellectual Property practices earned high honors in Pennsylvania. The following attorneys were also singled out for their legal skills and experience: Gary M. Schildhorn (Bankruptcy/Restructuring -Pennsylvania); Karen Lee “Kitt” Turner (Bankruptcy/Restructuring -Pennsylvania); Roberta Jacobs-Meadway, Jay K. Meadway and Richard E. Peirce (Intellectual Property - Pennsylvania); Timothy Q. Hudak (Leisure & Hospitality - National); and Albert G. Bixler (Litigation: General Commercial - Pennsylvania).
The 2011 U.S. edition of The Legal 500 recommended Eckert Seamans’ middle market M&A practice, and noted Gary Miller’s practice: “In Philadelphia, ‘smart operator’ Gary Miller has significant experience in M&A-related private investment transactions.” The Legal 500 bases its rankings on research amassed through interviews of thousands of law firm commercial clients, as well as through the examination of client lists of major firms, and the transactions they have been involved in.
Thirty-eight Eckert Seamans attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of Super Lawyers as outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Additionally, 11 Eckert Seamans attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2011 Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition. The firm's rankings covered over 15 separate practice areas, including Appellate, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Business/Corporate, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense, Class Action/Mass Torts, Construction Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Employment & Labor, Estate Planning & Probate, General Litigation, Information Technology/Outsourcing, Insurance Coverage, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, Securities & Corporate Finance, and Tax. Additionally, three Eckert Seamans attorneys received accolades among the Super Lawyers ranks, including Peter Hoffman as one of the “Top 10 in Pennsylvania,” Roberta Jacobs-Meadway, recognized among the “Top 50 Females in Pennsylvania” and Christopher Opalinski, recognized among the “Top 50 in Pittsburgh”.
Law360 Top 100
In 2012, Eckert Seamans’ Product Liability and Energy practices were recognized by Law360 (the Law360 Product Liability 100 and Law360 Energy 100 rankings, respectively).
Intellectual Property Today
Eckert Seamans’ Intellectual Property department was recently ranked among the 2010 Top 150 Patent Firms in the country by IP Law Today, based on the number of patents issued on behalf of clients (281 total patents in 2009, including 247 utility patents and 34 design patents). The firm was also counted among the Top 150 Trademark Firms, based on the number of trademarks issued on behalf of clients (321 in 2009).
Eckert Seamans ranked 50th for 2010 in the Trademark Insider Annual Rankings. The Trademark Insider® is developed through analysis of public trademark filings data compiled by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and maintained in CSC’s global trademark data center.
World Trademark Review - WTR1000®
World Trademark Review (WTR) magazine's WTR1000 has ranked Eckert Seamans' trademark practice in Band #1 for Pennsylvania , noting "This firm’s 'uniformly excellent' trademark practice is mainly based in Philadelphia, where it offers the full spectrum of trademark services, including prosecution, licensing and litigation. The team is praised for its high degree of specialisation in a diverse range of industries and practice areas: 'its service really runs the gamut'. Long-established market player Roberta Jacobs-Meadway is 'one of the top picks for Pennsylvania'. Although she advises on all areas of trademark law, she is most recognised for her considerable litigation experience, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. 'She’s outstanding,', clients enthuse, providing 'practical, thorough solutions in a cost-efficient manner'. Another leading lawyer is Jay Meadway, who maintains a well-regarded international non-contentious trademark practice. His 'efficiency, substantive knowledge and extensive multi-jurisdictional experience' are much admired by market sources."
Corporate Counsel "Go-To" Law Firm for Fortune 500 Companies
Corporate Counsel magazine has named Eckert Seamans a 2012 "Go-To Law Firm" for Fortune 500 Companies in Intellectual Property law. Go-To Law Firms® were identified through research conducted by ALM. Researchers first asked general counsel at the top 500 companies which outside law firms they turn to for assistance. ALM also researched and gathered data on the top 500 company's Go-To Law Firms from various public record resources including court dockets and securities filings, as well as leading legal and business publications, including The American Lawyer®.
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