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Four More Firms Named Best Corporate Firms In Rochester

Thursday, July 03, 2003

  • Organization: Volunteer Legal Services Project

Nixon Peabody, Harris Beach, Woods Oviatt Gilman and Boylan Brown Code Vigdor & Wilson were all named to Corporate Board Member magazine's list of best corporate law firms in Rochester.

Nixon Peabody was ranked second on the list, followed by Harris Beach, while Boylan Brown and Woods Oviatt tied for fourth place. (Harter Secrest & Emery ranked first in the ratings.)

Corporate Board Member magazine sent out questionnaires to 26,855 directors who sit on boards of public companies listed on the NASDAQ, New York or American Stock Exchanges and 2,111 general counsels of publicly traded companies. Each of the directors questioned in the survey were divided into groups based on the location of their companies within the 50 major metropolitan areas.

Each of the 50 groups received a questionnaire specific to their location that included a list of 20 local firms and two write-in options. To be included in the list a firm had to practice business, corporate or commercial law and had to be one of the 20 largest firms in its area, based on the number of attorneys.

Respondents were asked to select the five local law firms, from the list provided or as a write in, who they would most likely select to aid their companies on a range of corporate legal issues.

On the national level, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom of New York City ranked first.

The survey results are impacted by the type of companies each law firm represents. Firms focused on national corporations ultimately serve board members from a wider geographical region and firms concentrating on local or private companies rely on different corporate directors' responses.

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