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Baker Donelson Achieves High Rankings in 2011 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" List

Firm Named "Law Firm of the Year" in Transportation Law

(Memphis, TN/November 1, 2011) Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has garnered 182 first-tier metropolitan rankings in the 2011 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list, the second edition of an annual analysis that includes nearly 10,000 U.S. law firms. These Tier 1 rankings across 11 metropolitan markets in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. earned Baker Donelson a spot among the top 20 firms nationally with the most first-tier metropolitan rankings.

In addition to its outstanding metropolitan rankings, Baker Donelson ranked nationally in 27 practice areas including, for the second consecutive year, earning a Tier 1 national ranking in Transportation Law. The Firm also has the outstanding honor of being named the first U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year" in Transportation Law. Only one law firm in each of the nationally ranked legal practice areas received recognition as a "Law Firm of the Year," making this award a particularly significant achievement.

Baker Donelson also earned the most Tier 1 rankings in the U.S. in four practice areas: Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants; Non-Profit/Charities Law; Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants; and Transportation Law.

The 2011 Best Law Firms rankings, produced by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers, are presented in tiers both nationally and by metropolitan area or by state. These rankings showcase 9,633 different law firms ranked nationally in one or more of 75 major legal practice areas, and in metropolitan or state rankings in one or more of 119 major legal practice areas, providing a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings.

To determine the "Best Law Firms" rankings, U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers conducted national surveys in which major clients and leading lawyers were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice area. These reputational survey responses were combined with more than 3.9 million evaluations of individual lawyers in these firms in the most recent Best Lawyers survey of leading lawyers.

More information about the methodology and the full list of rankings are available online at national first-tier rankings will be featured in the November print issue of U.S. News & World Report, which will go on sale November 15.

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