With offices in Westfield and Chatham, New Jersey, the firm was ranked in Tier 1 for its Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice practice and Tier 2 for its Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation practice. The survey specifically identified Scott A. Parsons for his practice in plaintiff's Medical Malpractice and Gerald B. O'Connor for his plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation practice.
The "Best Law Firms" ranking is based on surveys of thousands of law firm clients, leading lawyers and law firm managers. Each were asked what factors they considered vital for clients hiring law firms, for lawyers choosing a firm to refer a legal matter to, and for lawyers seeking employment.
The survey also gathered information about firm practice areas such as the number of transactions in a practice area at different dollar levels; the number of litigation matters at different dollar levels; and the significance of major legal matters undertaken by the firm that cannot be weighed in monetary terms. Where firms did not supply information directly, efforts were made to secure the data by alternate means.
“We’re not afraid to take on any viable case, no matter how big or small. We’ve fought for clients who have been awarded verdicts and settlements ranging from under $1 million to $28 million,” said partner Gregory B. Noble.
In addition to information from these surveys, the rankings incorporate the 3.1 million evaluations of 39,372 individual leading lawyers collected by Best Lawyers in its most recent annual survey. Because clients hire firms on the basis of outstanding individual lawyers as well as on a firm’s overall strength, the number of lawyers listed in Best Lawyers in a practice area was factored in to that practice area’s score, adjusted for firm size and other variables. In all cases, lawyer votes were weighted according to the voter’s Best Lawyers record; client votes were weighted according to the client’s standing; and outlying votes were disregarded.
All of the quantitative and qualitative data were combined into an overall U.S. News – Best Lawyers overall score for each firm. Firms with the highest overall scores were included on metropolitan lists that covered as many as 81 practice areas in 171 metropolitan areas and 7 states and national lists covering 39 practice areas.
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