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Chambers USA 2013 Honors Davis & Gilbert with Award for Excellence in Advertising and Ranks Firm in Four Diverse Practice Categories

New York, NY, June 3, 2013 – Davis & Gilbert achieved outstanding results in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA, being named the best Advertising Law Firm of the year and earning firm rankings in two new categories.

The guide once again ranked Davis & Gilbert’s Advertising, Marketing & Promotions and Real Estate practice groups in the publication’s 2013 edition. This year, the firm also earned rankings in the “Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright” and “Labor & Employment” categories for the first time.

In addition to the firm’s impressive rankings this year, Davis & Gilbert was awarded the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence in Advertising at a private dinner held in New York, NY on May 23. This prestigious award is based on research for the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and honors outstanding law firms across the United States that have demonstrated preeminence in key practice areas. The commentary that accompanied the award lauded the firm’s “vast reservoir of talent,” noting the firm’s Advertising attorneys are “well equipped to handle the full range of advertising law matters for companies/firms in a variety of industries, acting for a prestigious client roster.”

Eleven Davis & Gilbert attorneys were also identified as leaders in five categories: Advertising, Real Estate, Labor & Employment, Intellectual Property and Media & Entertainment.

For the eighth consecutive year, Davis & Gilbert was awarded a Band 1 ranking in the nationwide category, Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory, and has consistently maintained a top-tier position in this category. The guide commends the firm for “its deep and talented bench, and its significant industry-specific expertise,” and highlights Davis & Gilbert’s “strong reputation for its focus on transactional and regulatory matters.”

With significant feedback from both clients and peers, the firm’s approach to client service was summarized as “excellent,” with one interviewee commenting that the firm’s lawyers are “very practical in their advice based not only on extensive industry knowledge but also general business judgment.” Clients also applauded the firm’s ability “to make complex risk assessments and to navigate often difficult situations."

In addition to the firm recognition, four partners were ranked individually for Advertising:

  • Ronald Urbach (Star Individual), described by clients as “probably the best attorney in the field today,” and sought for his “invaluable” counsel and advice.
  • Richard Eisert (Band 2), commended for his “impressive breadth of knowledge” within the industry.
  • Joseph Lewczak (Band 2), praised for his “broad knowledge base” and described as “very practical in his approach to dealing with advertising law issues.”
  • Howard Weingrad (Band 3), identified by clients as “very astute and extremely well liked,” with an emphasis on his “strong business approach.”

Media & Entertainment
Davis & Gilbert entertainment partner James Johnston (Band 3) was recognized for the second year in a row in the New York category, Media & Entertainment: Film & Television, as a further testament to the firm’s expertise in the marketing, entertainment and technology arena. Clients stated he is “beyond fabulous” with “one of the most stupendous and bright legal minds.” Interviewees also valued his “in-depth knowledge of the business.”

Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright
Recognizing the firm’s “strong transactional, copyright and trademark filing, registration, portfolio management and litigation expertise,” Davis & Gilbert earned a Band 4 ranking in the New York category, Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright, for the first time. The guide highlights the “venerable” practice’s high-profile clients, which include “a host of prominent brand and copyright-reliant businesses.” Ranked in this category:

  • Jeffrey Katz (Band 3), was described as “an expert in trademark law,” and praised by clients for delivering “succinct advice” that is “easily understood.”

Real Estate
Davis & Gilbert’s Real Estate practice group was ranked for the seventh consecutive year, earning a Band 3 ranking in the New York category, Real Estate: Mainly Dirt. The guide highlighted the firm’s work “across the full spectrum of real estate matters” including the firm’s “prolific leasing practice.” Sources pointed to the caliber of the Real Estate practice group attorneys, stating they are “very conscientious, smart and good at what they do.” Ranked in this category:

  • Gerald Uram (Band 2), was characterized by clients as “an excellent leasing lawyer,” and “a terrifically nice guy and very responsive.”

Labor & Employment
For the first time this year, the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group was ranked in the New York Labor & Employment category, earning a position in Band 4. The group’s attorneys were described not only as “excellent,” “extremely responsive,” and “deadline focused,” but “very good at giving practical advice.” Four of Davis & Gilbert’s Labor & Employment partners were also ranked in this category:

  • Howard Rubin (Band 4), praised for his “deep knowledge, personal attention, pragmatism and subject matter expertise.”
  • Gregg Gilman (Band 4), deemed a “client favorite who draws praise from all corners for his extensive employment expertise” and described as “amazing – always personable and helpful.”
  • Gregg Brochin (Up and Coming), regarded as “an emerging talent in employment law matters” and commended by clients for his “responsiveness and availability.”
  • Jessica Golden Cortes (Up and Coming), came “highly rated for her hands-on approach with clients,” and recognized for her work on internal training programs.”

About Chambers
Chambers is a highly-regarded and independent publication that conducts law firm rankings nationwide, and whose in-depth research is based both on objective data and client confidential interviews. The USA guide, published since 1999, identifies the most skilled legal practitioners throughout the country based on the qualities most valued by clients.

About Davis & Gilbert
Davis & Gilbert LLP is an independent, strategically focused, full service, multi-disciplinary law firm of more than 110 lawyers. Founded over a century ago and located in a single office in New York City, the firm represents a wide range of clients - including some of the world's largest public companies, small and mid-size independent companies, partnerships, joint ventures, large media conglomerates and multinational holding companies - throughout the United States and internationally. Davis & Gilbert is widely regarded as the #1 law firm for the marketing communications industry and has practices focusing on real estate, litigation, intellectual property, labor & employment, corporate and middle market M&A, and private client services. Davis & Gilbert is ranked in publications and legal directories such as Chambers, Legal 500 and Best Law Firms. The firm has also been consistently recognized in The BTI Consulting Group’s “Client Service A-Team” (2012-2015) and in The National Law Journal’s Midsize Hot List (2012-2014).

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