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Perkins Coie Earns 124 First-Tier Rankings in 2011-2012 U.S. News – Best Lawyers

SEATTLE (November 1, 2011) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce it has been listed in the 2011-2012 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" with first-tier rankings in 18 practice areas nationally and 106 practice areas in 10 different major metropolitan markets including Alaska, Chicago, Colorado, Idaho, Madison, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

National first-tier ranked practices include Biotechnology Law, Commercial Litigation, Copyright Law, Corporate Law, Employment Law – Management, Energy Law, Equipment Finance Law, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Litigation – Tax, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Patent Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Technology Law, Timber Law and Venture Capital Law.

The firm was also named the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Venture Capital Law. Only one law firm is honored as “Law Firm of the Year” for each of the nationally ranked legal practice areas. The firm was chosen based on a combination of high performance on surveys of clients about the firm’s work in venture capital law, the high regard that lawyers in other firms in that same practice area have for the firm and information that was provided in response to the law firm survey.

Perkins Coie is among the top 20 firms with the most first-tier metropolitan rankings and has the most first-tier rankings in Seattle, where the firm is headquartered, with 42 practices.

The methodology for the 2011-2012 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings involved surveying thousands of law firm clients, leading lawyers and law firm managers, partners and associates, marketing managers and recruiting officers. All of the feedback was combined into an overall score for each firm. For more information on the methodology, visit the U.S. News & World Report website.

Earlier this year, 163 Perkins Coie attorneys throughout the country were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). For more information about the Perkins Coie lawyers ranked by Best Lawyers, please visit our website.

"We are proud of our attorneys’ hard work and dedication which has enabled us to elevate our firm’s first-tier rankings to more than triple last year’s number," said firm Managing Partner Robert E. Giles. "We are pleased to be recognized by our clients, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers for the accomplishments we have achieved on our clients' behalf."

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on a confidential peer-review survey of the top attorneys in the nation. Unlike some legal directory listings, Best Lawyers does not allow lawyers to pay a fee to be listed. This is the second year that U.S. News & World Report has partnered with Best Lawyers to produce the "Best Law Firms" rankings.

About Perkins Coie: With more than 800 lawyers in 18 offices across the United States and in China, Perkins Coie serves great companies ranging in size from start-ups to FORTUNE 100 corporations.

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