Cheng Cohen Earns Tier 1 "Best Law Firms" Recognition for Franchise Law Excellence

- 2014 Rankings Released by U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers© -

Nov 01, 2013, 10:00 ET from Cheng Cohen LLC

CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cheng Cohen LLC has once again earned a top spot in the U.S. News - Best Lawyers© 2014 "Best Law Firms" for franchise law both nationally and in the Chicago metropolitan listing.

"We are pleased to be recognized once again by this respected global survey of top franchise law firms," said Ric Cohen, Cheng Cohen co-founding partner. "To be recognized as one of the leading firms in a peer- and client-review survey is gratifying.  We deeply appreciate our clients' and colleagues' continued support."

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Awards were given in 74 national practice areas and 120 metropolitan practice areas. 

Firms included in the 2014 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers for a combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The 2014 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. Over 12,000 attorneys provided over 330,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,000 clients provided close to 20,000 evaluations. In addition, to provide personal insight, a new Law Firm Leaders Survey was implemented in the decision‐making process.

Earlier this year, Cheng Cohen Co-Founding Partner Amy Cheng was honored as "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in the franchise law category. The sixth consecutive year Amy has been named to the Best Lawyers list, the 2013 award makes her the first female attorney in Illinois to be tapped "Lawyer of the Year" in the category. Only a single franchise lawyer in each city is chosen as a "Lawyer of the Year" following an exhaustive peer-review assessment that Best Lawyers conducts annually.

"U.S. News has more than two decades of experience in providing the public with the most accurate and in depth rankings of a wide range of institutions, including our Best Law Schools rankings," says Tim Smart, Executive Editor of U.S. News & World Report. "Law firms are an integral part of our rankings and a natural accompaniment to the law school rankings."

U.S. News & World Report's signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its annual "Best" series of consumer Web guides and publications that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, mutual funds, health plans and more.

"Because we combine hard data with peer reviews and client assessments," says Steven Naifeh, President and Co‐Founder of Best Lawyers, "more and more clients inform us ours are the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed."

"Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in 19th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list for that particular location and specialty. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world having more than 30 years experience in assisting those in need of legal services.

The 2014 "Best Law Firms" list will be featured in two publications, distributed later in November. The national first‐tier rankings will be featured in the first edition of the "Best Law Firms" Legal Issue.  National and metropolitan first‐tier rankings will be featured in the "Best Law Firms" Standalone Publication. The 2014 "Best Law Firms" rankings can be seen in their entirety here

About Cheng Cohen LLC:
Established in 2007, Cheng Cohen grew out of a simple credo: to provide uncompromising client service and sound, practical legal advice to franchise and distribution clients for a fair and reasonable fee. Today, the boutique law practice is recognized as one of the leading franchise firms in the country providing franchisors, licensors and manufacturers with the comprehensive legal services, litigation support and development assistance needed to bring their products and services to market efficiently and economically. In addition to its consistent first tier ranking for franchising by U.S. News – Best Lawyers listing of Best Law Firms, Cheng Cohen has also been recognized by Chambers & Partners USA as a leader in franchising for both client service and commercial awareness. Additional information about Cheng Cohen can be found at

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