Chambers & Partners has compiled their independent and objective list of America's Leading Lawyers for Business based on comments gathered from thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers from Maine to Hawaii. This guide -- which is designed to reflect market opinion -- contains a view of the firms and attorneys who are considered leaders in their field.
In Chambers' 2004-2005 review of national legal talent in the area of "Water Quality," our Firm and our lawyers are listed among the best in the country.
Another giant in this area, Kirkland & Ellis, benefits from a blue-chip clientele that includes the usual suspects in water litigation -- petroleum, chemical and large manufacturing companies. A combination of well-forged expertise in complex litigation, environmental knowledge and business sensitivity enables it to provide advice that ranks “among the best” on water quality disputes. Clients also appreciate its ability to handle “the politics of joint defense” that often crop up in the more high-stakes lawsuits. Attorneys here have to be able to battle against “a sophisticated and well-financed opposition,” sources said. Andrew Langan is a “good strategic thinker” who has won over clients and peers alike. He is defending BP against MTBE claims. “He is able to think a step ahead of the opposition,” one commentator said. “And he works effectively with codefendants.”
Reprinted with permission from Chambers & Partners: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2004-2005