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Patterson Belknap Named Benchmark Litigation’s 2021 “New York Firm of the Year” and “Pro Bono Firm of the Year”

April 1, 2021

Patterson Belknap has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as the 2021 “New York Firm of the Year” and “Pro Bono Firm of the Year.”

According to Benchmark, the annual US awards “aim to recognize the firms and litigators who have performed exceptionally at both local and national levels.” They “are the culmination of months' research, analyzing hundreds of submissions, surveying thousands of referees and interviewing hundreds of lawyers.” Benchmark Litigation cited praise from a peer during its extensive research process, “They should be referenced more often as one of the very best. They are very hard workers, and yet all pleasant, very ethical, just some really smart people who are also tough litigators.” At the virtual awards ceremony, Benchmark’s Managing Editor noted: “The Firm has its fans among former members of the judiciary as well. The Firm’s practice offering covers a diverse spectrum, spanning commercial matters, white-collar crime, antitrust, intellectual property, securities and false advertising claims, an area in which the Firm is said to be one of the few major players. The Firm’s hybrid model also affords it the freedom to take on cases in the plaintiff and defense roles.”

Patterson Belknap was also recognized as “Pro Bono Firm of the Year” for our work in Trump v. Hawaii, where we represented a union of federal asylum and refugee officers employed by the Department of Homeland Security who have opposed various restrictions the United States has placed on refugees seeking entry into our country. Patterson Belknap has a long and proud history of public service. 2020 was the 17th consecutive year in which 100% of the Firm’s attorneys participated in pro bono projects.

A full list of 2021 award winners can be found here