In its 2010 “Best Law Firms” issue, U.S. News & World Reports named Sebris Busto James a top tier law firm in Washington state in the areas of Employment Law-Management and Labor Law-Management. The “Best Law Firms” list showcases more than 8,700 law firms ranked in 81 major practice areas. “Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise,” according to U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers.
In order to determine the rankings, U.S. News conducted national surveys in which clients and lawyers were asked to rate the law firms they consider best in their practice area. Clients voted on expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to a firm. Lawyers voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost- effectiveness, and whether they would refer a matter to a firm and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor. This data was further combined with U.S. News’ rankings of individual lawyers based on peer reviews, which culminated in a final tiered ranking system.
Only three other management employment firms share the top tier with Bellevue-based Sebris Busto James in Washington: K&L Gates, Davis Wright Tremaine, and Perkins Coie. Sebris Busto James has its offices in Bellevue; the other Tier 1 firms have offices in Seattle. Rankings are published now on www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms and will be featured in the October print issue of U.S. News & World Report, which will go on sale September 27.