Manatt Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2012 Guide

Chambers USA announced today that it has named 19 Manatt lawyers and 10 of the firm’s practices in its 2012 list of the country’s best lawyers and law firms.

Each year, Chambers USA identifies and ranks leading lawyers for business in the United States based on in-depth, objective research. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.

Manatt’s complete rankings include:


  • Advertising: Litigation
  • Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory
  • Healthcare


  • Corporate/M&A
  • Healthcare
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Media & Entertainment: Transactional
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

New York

  • Healthcare 

Manatt's healthcare practice was also recommended nationally for client service and commercial awareness.

Beyond the practice rankings, 19 of the firm’s lawyers received a total of 22 designations as “Leading Lawyers.” Linda Goldstein(National Advertising) was honored with a “Star Individual” recognition, the publication’s highest distinction, given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field.

William Bernstein (New York Healthcare), Daniel Higgins (California Healthcare), Thomas Morrison (National Advertising) and Martin Thompson (California Healthcare) received a Band 1 designation. In addition, Melinda Dutton (New York Healthcare) was recognized as an “Up and Coming” leading lawyer.

Robert D. Belfort – Healthcare (New York)

William S. Bernstein – Healthcare: Regulatory & Litigation (National) and Healthcare (New York)

Christopher Cole – Advertising: Litigation (National)

Melinda J. Dutton – Healthcare (New York)

Jeffrey S. Edelstein – Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory (National)

Steven Edwards – Real Estate (California)

Linda A. Goldstein – Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory (National)

Daniel B. Higgins – Healthcare: Transactional (National) and Healthcare (California)

Joseph Horacek – Media & Entertainment: Transactional (California)

Susan K. Hori – Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (California)

David L. Huard – Energy: State Regulatory & Litigation (California)

Kenneth M. Kaufman – Media & Entertainment (District of Columbia)

Barry S. Landsberg – Healthcare (California)

James W. Lytle – Healthcare (New York)

Thomas C. Morrison – Advertising: Litigation (National)

L. Lee Phillips – Media & Entertainment: Transactional: Mainly Talent (California)

Gregory N. Pimstone – Healthcare (California)

James R. Schwartz – Healthcare: Transactional (National) and Healthcare (California)

Martin J. Thompson – Healthcare (California)

The UK-based international publisher Chambers & Partners based its rankings on in-depth interviews with more than 14,000 leading private practice lawyers and key in-house counsel. A team of over 40 full-time researchers conducted the survey over a six-month period, with law firms and lawyers chosen on merit only.



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