U.S. News & World Report has released its 2015 Best Law Firms report, naming Polsinelli the “Law Firm of the Year in Health Care.” The designation is based on Polsinelli’s overall performance in health care, incorporating both client feedback and peer review, and reflective of the firm’s growing talent pool, complete range of healthcare legal services, and geographic footprint across 19 cities.
“We are extremely grateful to our clients. We are privileged to serve our clients in this complex and dynamic industry, and we have been fortunate to continuously attract lawyers from top law firms across the country who are passionate about building client relationships and providing outstanding client service. This recognition validates our commitment to the health care industry and importance of continuing to support our strong national practice,” said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh. “It’s an exciting time for our firm.”
Polsinelli represents a wide variety of health care clients including hospital and health systems, clinical research organizations, physician groups, home health agencies, hospice providers and senior and long-term care facilities. In 2014, Polsinelli was also ranked as the second largest Health Care Practice by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and as the third largest Health Care Practice by Modern Healthcare.
“The industry is seeing tremendous change, and our clients’ roles are becoming increasingly complex,” said Health Care Practice Chair Matthew Murer from his Chicago office. “Polsinelli has responded by building a strong and diverse team of more than 190 health care attorneys and professionals across the country who understand their clients’ businesses and immerse themselves in this evolving and challenging industry.” Murer continued, “We greatly appreciate our clients who have made this a reality, and who have formed relationships with our growing, talented team of health care attorneys.”
Fisher & Phillips LLP announced that the law firm has been named 2015 “Law Firm of the Year” for Labor & Employment Litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. The firm also received “First-Tier Rankings” for its Employment and Labor Law practices. The firm has been included in all five editions of the prestigious rankings.
Fisher & Phillips is dedicated solely to representing employers in labor and employment matters with 300 attorneys in 31 offices. Firm Chairman and Managing Partner Roger Quillen said: “This is a welcome and well deserved recognition of our excellent litigators throughout the firm. Clients appreciate the litigation skills and experience we provide and have reflected that in their support of this year’s honor. We appreciate our clients’ loyal support. The local honors we’ve received this year also reflect the high level of service all of our lawyers are delivering across the nation.”
Firms included in the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a “First-Tier” ranking signifies a quality law practice and breadth of legal experience and knowledge.
The 2015 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and the highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which represents the top four percent of practicing attorneys in the United States. Fisher & Phillips has 85 attorneys listed. More than 17,000 attorneys provided almost 600,000 law firm assessments and nearly 7,500 clients provided more than 40,000 evaluations.
The Children’s Law Center has named Polsinelli as its 2013 Law Firm of the Year in recognition of the exceptional pro bono service undertaken by Polsinelli attorneys over the past year. The firm was selected for its volunteer efforts in connection with the Minor Guardianship Program that assists vulnerable children whose parents are not able or willing to care for them.
“We are honored that the Children’s Law Center has selected Polsinelli as its Law Firm of the Year,” said Troy Froderman, chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. “Our firm is deeply committed to providing legal support to those who would otherwise not be able to access it. As attorneys we have an obligation to give back to our communities in ways that ensure that all people are able to secure and preserve their rights under the law.”
The Children’s Law Center was established in 1998 by the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) and co-sponsored by the Maricopa County Bar Association and Community Legal Services. Its goal is to address the unmet legal needs of children. Over 120 attorneys from firms throughout the Valley volunteer each year to fill gaps in legal assistance for children of diverse ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds. Current programs include Free Advice Clinics for Teens, the Court Advisor Project, the Minor Guardianship Project, the Guardianship Clinic, Teens at Work, the Adoption Project and Medical Legal Partnership.
“We are so grateful for the time and legal talent that Polsinelli’s attorneys have given so freely to the public through the Guardianship Program” said Roni Tropper, Esq., Children’s Law Center Program Coordinator. “They saw the tremendous need and offered to step in and take responsibility for all of the cases at one of our two guardianship clinic locations held monthly in English and quarterly in Spanish. They have been doing that now for three years.”
Tony Merrill, a shareholder at Polsinelli, spearheads the firm’s involvement in the Guardianship Program. “Volunteering to assist family members so that they can become legal guardians and thereby access health care for the children, enroll them in school or obtain other much needed services is very rewarding.” said Merrill.