Best Law Firms 2020: U.S. News – Best Lawyers again ranks Eckert Seamans among the nation’s top law firms

November 1, 2019

Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, Public Finance, and Trademark Law practices receive National Tier 1 ranking.

The national law firm of Eckert Seamans has been recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2020 for 70 national and metropolitan practices across three tiers. Based on a combination of client surveys, peer interviews, and editorial research, Eckert Seamans earned National Tier 1 honors for its Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Public Finance Law, and Trademark Law practices.

Eckert Seamans’ Mass Tort Litigation Group, co-chaired by Dennis R. McEwen and Mark L. Reardon, defends mass tort lawsuits arising from environmental and occupational exposure to chemicals and other substances. In the course of defending thousands of mass tort claims, the Mass Tort lawyers at Eckert Seamans have served as national coordinating counsel for the defense of claims involving asbestos-containing products and other toxic substances, lead trial counsel in single and multiple-plaintiff cases, and joint defense counsel for multiple defendants. The firm’s lead counsel experience has encompassed cases tried to verdict and appeals in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Eckert Seamans’ Public Finance Group, led by Chair Marc S. Stein, is experienced in representing issuers, underwriters, lenders, trustees and investors in structuring, analyzing and evaluating the legal bases for public and private debt offerings by state and local units of government. Eckert Seamans has been listed in The Bond Buyers Municipal Marketplace® since 1985. In 2018, Eckert Seamans’ Public Finance Group represented clients in tax exempt and taxable debt financings totaling $4,291,680,493 in aggregate principal amount.

Eckert Seamans’ trademark law practice is part of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, which is nationally ranked by Chambers USA, a leading independent guide to legal services. Led by Chair Philip E. Levy, Eckert Seamans’ Intellectual Property Group engages in the full spectrum of practice in this specialized area of the law, including United States and foreign patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, and the negotiation, preparation, and enforcement of a wide variety of related agreements including license, assignment, consulting, employment, nondisclosure, and joint venture agreements.

Earlier this year, 43 Eckert Seamans attorneys achieved placements in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 edition, with seven noted as “Lawyer of the Year for 2019,” a distinction reserved for only a single lawyer in each specialty area of the law in each community.

In addition to its national recognition, Eckert Seamans received Tier 1 rankings in the following metropolitan markets: Harrisburg, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Richmond. Those rankings follow below.

Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings:


Litigation – Labor & Employment

New Jersey

Government Relations Practice


Banking and Finance Law

Financial Services Regulation Law

Litigation – Intellectual Property

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Public Finance Law

Trademark Law


Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Construction Law

Copyright Law

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Litigation – Construction

Litigation – Intellectual Property

Litigation – Labor & Employment

Litigation – Patent

Litigation – Securities

Litigation – Trusts & Estates

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants

Patent Law

Privacy and Data Security Law

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Public Finance Law

Tax Law

Trademark Law

Trusts & Estates Law


Administrative / Regulatory Law

Commercial Litigation

Communications Law

About U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”
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.


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