NEW YORK-April 16, 2004–The Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading…

NEW YORK-April 16, 2004–The Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers, the only legal directory to rank law firms and individual lawyers, is now available online at http://www.chambersandpartners.com/usa. Chambers and Partners, the renowned London-based publisher of Chambers Global and Chambers UK Leading Lawyers, investigated the top firms and lawyers for each state in over 20 areas of commercial law. The detailed research distinguishes it from any other attorney listing in the nation.

The book was launched at an invitation-only event in New York Thursday night, where leading lawyers saw the book for the first time, and learned how they fared according to the reputation they hold with clients and peers.

Copies of the Chambers USA Guide have been sent to in-house counsel in major corporations, to nominated clients, and to attorneys in practice. It is also available for sale in bookstores.

Chambers USA researchers conducted over 5,000 in-depth interviews with leading private practice attorneys and key in-house counsel. They applied a ranking of 1-6 bands, based on reputation in the market. The directory also contains detailed and independently researched editorial describing each listed law firm and its strengths, details of recent work, quotes from clients and peers, and a list of active clients within each practice area.

“Chambers Guides are the only ones in the world that truly reflect the judgment of the market,” said Fiona Boxall, Director of Chambers and Partners and Managing Editor of the directories. “Unlike most legal directories, Chambers USA is not just a ‘ Yellow Pages’ guide. No one can ‘buy their way in’.”

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Chambers and Partners, based in London, began as general book publishers in 1969 and then launched a legal recruitment consultancy four years later. With the publication of Chambers Directory in 1990, the company began specializing in legal publishing. Other directories followed, and Chambers now produces the world-famous guides to the legal profession. Chambers also publishes the leading legal monthly magazine Commercial Lawyer.