The 2022 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers has included Steeg Law in “Best Law Firms,” ranking the firm a Metropolitan Tier 1 Law Firm in New Orleans for Real Estate Law, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law and Litigation – Real Estate. Steeg Law has been honored every year since 2010, the first year that Best Lawyers began including law firms in their rankings.
U.S. News-Best Lawyers also included Steeg Law in several other categories.
Best Lawyers Metropolitan Tier 2 New Orleans
- Banking and Finance Law
- Commercial Finance Law
Best Lawyers Metropolitan Tier 3 New Orleans
- Bet-the-Company Litigation
- Corporate Law
- Litigation – Bankruptcy
Achieving a tiered ranking in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Ranked firms, presented in three tiers, are recognized on a national and regional-based scale. Firms that received a tier designation reflect the highest level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients from the same communities and practice areas.
The Best Lawyers in America
To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must first have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes 6% of lawyers practicing in the United States.
Five Steeg Law attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2022 for New Orleans, Louisiana, and one for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2022. Robert M. Steeg is one of a select group of lawyers who has been included for more than 25 years.
The Best Lawyers in America 2022
- Lillian E. Eyrich – Real Estate Law (since 2008)
- David A. Martinez – Real Estate Law (since 2013)
- Randy Opotowsky – Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law (since 2012)
- Robert M. Steeg – Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Finance Law, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law (since 1995)
- Charles L. Stern, Jr. – Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation – Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Law (since 2012)
The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch
- Margaret V. Glass – Real Estate Law (2021, 2022)
Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year”
Senior Associate Lillian E. Eyrich was also recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on the impressive voting averages they received during the peer review assessments.
This is the second time Lillie has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate Law. Randy Opotowsky, Robert Steeg and Charles L. Stern, Jr. have previously been recognized by Best Lawyers as the “Lawyer of the Year” in New Orleans.
Best Law Firms Methodology
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.
To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is currently recognized in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro.
For the 2022 “Best Law Firms” list, the methodology for the initiative remained the same as in the previous 12 years.
Clients were asked to provide feedback on firm practice groups, addressing expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm. Clients also had the option to write in the names of law firms they’ve worked with on other matters and within practice areas beyond those they were asked to comment on by the submitting firm. Some clients chose to write a comment about their experience with the law firm. These comments are for reference only and were not used as data points in the formal evaluation process.
Lawyers also cast votes and were asked to consider expertise, responsiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.
In addition to lawyer and client feedback, law firms were asked to provide general demographic and background information on the law firm and attorneys, and other data that speaks to the strengths of a law firm’s practice areas.
All of the quantitative and qualitative data were combined into an overall “Best Law Firms” score for each firm.
This data was then compared to other firms within the same metropolitan area and at the national level. Because firms were often separated by small or insignificant differences in overall score, U.S. News – Best Lawyers uses a tiering system rather than ranking law firms sequentially. The first tier in each metropolitan area includes those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the highest-scoring firm(s); the second tier, those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the next highest scoring firm(s), and so on.