For law firms that rank on the U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Law Firms compilation, the achievement can be one of reputation affirmation. Large and mid-size firms may see their inclusion on the list as confirming their competence in practice areas where they’ve already made a name for themselves. For local boutique firms, a ranking on the list is affirmation that they can compete with the best of those large firms.
Mid-size and large law firms tend to land on the Best Law Firms list in a lot of national and regional categories each year. In addition to recognition for wide-reaching practices such as corporate transactions and appellate work, those firms with Colorado branches also often rank in practice areas that are geographically distinctive.
Davis Graham & Stubbs received a Colorado Tier 1 ranking in 33 practice areas, including a handful of those with regional specificity, such as energy, mining and water law. Partner Connie Rogers, who has expertise in mining, oil and gas and indigenous and public lands, said she believes the recognition that put the firm on the Best Law Firms list has come from long-established experience in niche practice areas such as mining.
“Mining has been part of our firm since its inception,” she said. Attorneys who practice in the area make up a pretty small community, Rogers added, which makes it collegial. She said rankings such as the Best Law Firms provide an affirmation of the reputation they’ve established through their work.