U.S. News & World Report And "Best Lawyers" Rate Seven Wiley Rein Practices Among Nation's Best

Monday, October 4, 2010 - 01:00

In its inaugural rankings of the nation's law firms, U.S. News & World Report has rated seven Wiley Rein practices among the best in the nation and Washington, DC region. Ranked in the top tier nationally is the firm's preeminent Communications Practice, which also is recognized, together with the firm's Insurance and Intellectual Property Practices, in the top tier of groups in the Washington, DC region. Notably, Wiley Rein also is rated in the top tier of DC-area firms for its administrative and regulatory law capabilities.

U.S. News Media Group, which teamed with "Best Lawyers" to produce its "2010 Best Law Firms Rankings," commended the rated firms for demonstrating a "unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise." The rated practice areas reflect the depth and scope of the legal, regulatory and public policy expertise that has made Wiley Rein a legal institution in the nation's capital.

Practices U.S. News recognized as being among the best in the nation and in Washington, DC are: Communications Law; Insurance Law; and Intellectual Property Law.

The following four practice areas were ranked as among the best in Washington, DC: Administrative / Regulatory Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Environmental Law; and Franchise Law.

Laura A. Foggan, chair of Wiley Rein's Insurance Appellate Group, has been named one of Law360's "10 Most Admired Insurance Attorneys," recognition that her "depth of knowledge has made her a regular go-to for insurance company clients dealing with emerging issues - global warming, nanotechnology, tainted drywall, Gulf oil spill exposures and more."

Profiling Ms. Foggan, "a longtime advocate for the insurance industry who has won colleagues' respect for her more than 25 years of contributions to insurance law," Law360 notes that she "has participated in more than 200 major insurance coverage appeals nationwide, including many that set key precedents on insurance issues." Amicus briefs authored by Ms. Foggan "have ended up forming case law that has become shorthand language for key insurance coverage topics."

Ms. Foggan also is acknowledged as an "important role model in the insurance community," serving as co-chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association Litigation Section. As co-chair of the Insurance Law Forum of the D.C. Women's Bar Association, she "plays an important, if quieter, role as an advocate for women in the law," a sentiment echoed by Mr. Brunner who calls her "an understated but clear pioneer for women" in the field.

Helgi C. Walker, co-chair of Wiley Rein's Appellate Practice, has been chosen to serve as a public member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). The ACUS is an independent federal agency created by Congress to develop recommendations to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the rulemaking, adjudication, licensing and investigative functions of federal administrative agencies.

Ms. Walker joins a select group of Conference members whose ranks include 60 federal officials from executive branch departments and agencies, independent regulatory boards and commissions, and 40 private sector lawyers, academics and other experts in administrative law and government. President Obama has described the Conference's mission as "vital" and praised its members as "committed individuals from distinguished backgrounds who are devoted to enhancing the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of our government."

Ms. Walker, a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, also serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit's Advisory Committee on Procedures.