Cadwalader Earns Impressive Placement in 2011-2012 U.S. News and Best Lawyers Recognize Top Tier

November 01, 2011

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP earned impressive placements in the U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers In America “Best Law Firms” rankings. The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that included thousands of clients, highly skilled lawyers and law firm representatives.

Cadwalader was named the first U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Derivatives and Futures Law. Only one law firm in each of the nationally ranked legal practice areas receives this recognition, making this award a particularly significant achievement.

Cadwalader also earned National First-Tier Rankings in:

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights /Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Corporate Law
Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Litigation
Derivatives and Futures Law
Equipment Finance Law
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Litigation - Real Estate
Litigation - Securities
Patent Law
Real Estate Law
Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Tax Law

The firm earned Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings in:

Charlotte: Derivatives and Futures Law and Securitization and Structured Finance Law

New York: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Corporate Law; Derivatives and Futures Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Equipment Finance Law; Health Care Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation - Real Estate; Litigation – Securities; Patent Law; Real Estate Law; Securitization and Structured Finance Law; and Tax Law

Washington: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Derivatives and Futures Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers partnered to present these second annual Best Law Firms rankings. They are posted online at; the national first-tier rankings will be featured in the print issue of U.S.News & World Report, in a special money issue that will go on sale November 15. The rankings, which are presented in tiers both nationally and by metropolitan area or by state, showcase thousands of different law firms ranked in one or more of almost 100 major practice areas.

In separate Best Lawyers in America rankings released earlier this year, 45 Cadwalader lawyers in 30 different areas of practice were selected by their peers for individual recognition. Bronislaw E. Grala was named as the “New York City Best Lawyers Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 in a special recognition of lawyers in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community received such an honor.

About the U.S. News Media Group

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About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. In the U.S., Best Lawyers publishes an annual referral guide, The Best Lawyers in America, which includes 41,149 attorneys in 126 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia; peer-reviewed listings are also published in more than 48 countries around the world.