For the 11th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers announced the “Best Law Firms” rankings. And McGown & Markling is very proud to remain among the select few law firms to receive a Tier 1 Ranking by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in “Education Law” for every year since the ranking began – including 2021. McGown & Markling is also very proud to receive a Tier 1 Ranking in “Employment Law – Management” for 2021.
Firms included in the 2021 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must first have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America,© which recognizes only five percent (5%) of lawyers practicing in the United States. And McGown & Markling is proud that both Susan McGown and Matthew John Markling have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Susan McGown has been selected for her work in Education Law, Employment Law – Management, and Labor Law – Management. Mr. Markling has been selected for his work in Education Law, Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Litigation – Municipal. Mr. Markling is also among the less than one percent of Ohio attorneys who have earned the prestigious distinction of being renowned as an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
“U.S. News has more than three decades of experience evaluating key institutions in society and their service to consumers,” said Tim Smart, executive editor at U.S. News. “Law firms perform a vital role, and ranking them is a key extension of our overall mission to help individuals and companies alike make important decisions.”
The 2021 rankings are based on the highest lawyer and firm participation on record, incorporating 8.3 million evaluations of more than 110,000 individual leading lawyers from more than 22,000 firms.
“For the 2021 ‘Best Law Firms’ publication, the evaluation process has remained just as rigorous and discerning as it did when we first started 11 years ago,” said Phil Greer, CEO of Best Lawyers. “This year we reviewed 15,587 law firms throughout the United States – across 75 national practice areas – and a total of 2,179 firms received a national law firm ranking. We are proud that the ‘Best Law Firms’ rankings continue to act as an indicator of excellence throughout the legal industry.”
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 law firm of McGown & Markling is honored to be recognized by our clients and peers for our education law practice,” said Matthew John Markling, managing director and co-founder of McGown & Markling. “We look forward to continuing to represent Ohio educational leaders and work collaboratively with our peers throughout 2021 and beyond.”
ABOUT “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 the field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a 2021 ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer recognized in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty.
ABOUT U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
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ABOUT BEST LAWYERS
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected lawyer ranking service in the world. For almost 40 years, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the lawyers best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers rankings are published in leading local, regional, and national publications across the globe.