Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP has received a Tier 1 national ranking in Insurance Law by U.S.News – Best Lawyers in "Best Law Firms" 2017. The leading survey of lawyers and law firms has ranked more than 12,762 firms in 74 practice across the nation to produce their list of 1st, 2nd and 3rd tier firms.
"The 2017 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record," said the Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" pres release. "To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Over 10,000 attorneys provided more than 800,000 law firm assessments, and over 10,000 clients provided more than 90,000 evaluations."
Thompson Coe's three Texas offices also received recognintion in the metropolitan rankings. The Austin office was selected as a "Tier 1" firm in Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, and "Tier 2" in Administrative/Regulatory Law. The Houston office was selected as a "Tier 1" firm in Insurance Law. The Dallas office received a "Tier 1" ranking in Insurance Law , "Tier 2" in and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Products Liability - Defendants, and "Tier 3" in Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants.
From U.S. News-Best Lawyers
The U.S.News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro. For more information on Best Lawyers, please visit bestlawyers.com.
For the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list, the methodology for the initiative remained the same as in the previous five years.
Clients were asked to provide feedback on firm practice groups, addressing expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm. Clients also had the option to write in the names of law firms they’ve worked with on other matters and within practice areas beyond those they were asked to comment on by the submitting firm. Some clients chose to write a comment about their experience with the law firm. These comments are for reference only and were not used as data points in the formal evaluation process.
Lawyers also voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor. We asked this group to vote on law firms that have a preeminent national presence within specified legal practice area(s) they know well. For the third year, a Law Firm Leaders Survey was implemented to provide personal insight on the legal landscape surrounding the nationally ranked practice areas. In addition to information from these surveys, the rankings incorporate the 6.7 million evaluations of 55,041 individual leading lawyers collected by Best Lawyers in its most recent annual survey.
In addition to lawyer and client feedback, law firms were asked to provide us with general demographic and background information on the law firm and attorneys, and other data that speaks to the strengths of a law firm’s practice areas.