The Justice Department Tops ‘Attorneys Who Matter’

Another list. We know. But it’s from the publishers of the deservedly respected Ethisphere magazine, who did a very good job in selecting legal professionals for its previous list of the most ethical leaders in business.

The 100 Attorneys Who Matter, http://ethisphere.com/attorneys-who-matter/, includes tons of names that are familiar to readers of Lawdragon and its own lists. The list is topped by five “Hall of Famers”: Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly,http://www.wc.com/attorney-BrendanSullivan.html, Earl Silbert of DLA Piper, http://www.dlapiper.com/earl_silbert/, Robert Bennett of Skadden, http://www.skadden.com/index.cfm?contentID=45&bioID=1000, Reid Weingarten of Steptoe & Johnson, http://www.steptoe.com/professionals-416.html, and Robert Fiske Jr. of Davis Polk, http://www.davispolk.com/lawyers/robert-fiske/.

The methodology for the list is a little unclear (not necessarily a bad thing, if the results are good). The publishers say they relied on nine criteria: recognized expertise, peer/client endorsements, high-profile litigation, number of cases won, high-profile clients, public service, legal community engagement, academic involvement and other awards and recognitions.

Those firms winning the most spots on the list of 112 lawyers (but who’s counting?) are:

With FIVE lawyers … the drum roll please …. the Department of Justice. Two were named from the DOJ proper (Eric Holder and Mark Mendelsohn) while three were named from the ranks of the US Attorneys Office (Preet Bharara, Marc Litt and, of course, Patrick Fitzgerald).

With four apiece: Covington & Burling; Hogan & Hartson; and WilmerHale;

And, with three: DLA Piper; Steptoe & Johnson; Baker & McKenzie; Mayer Brown; Gibson Dunn; and Latham.

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