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September 20, 2010

U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Includes Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. in First Tier

The ACTA Group

We are pleased to announce that Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. is included in the first tier of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings for environmental law in Washington, D.C. The methodology for the “Best Law Firms” involved surveying thousands of law firm clients, leading lawyers and law firm managers, partners, and associates, and marketing officers and recruiting officers. The survey 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. Based on the responses, six additional surveys were created, including a client survey sent to 52,480 clients, and a lawyer survey sent to 43,900 lawyers, including every U.S. lawyer listed in Best Lawyers. The client and lawyer surveys collected mostly reputational data: clients voted on expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to a firm, while lawyers voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, and whether they would refer a matter to a firm and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor. U.S. News – Best Lawyers combined all of the quantitative and qualitative data into an overall score for each firm. Firms with the highest overall scores were included on metropolitan lists that cover as many as 81 practice areas in 171 metropolitan areas and 7 states and national lists covering 39 practice areas. U.S. News – Best Lawyers states that, because firms were often separated by small or insignificant differences in overall score, they have been tiered rather than ranked sequentially.