While 2020 has certainly been a . . . pandemically trying year for all of us, Laffey, Leitner & Goode LLC is grateful and humbled to celebrate being named to US News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list for the fourth consecutive year, each year of the firm’s existence. Inclusion on the peer-reviewed and client-surveyed list is a testament to the firm’s resourcefulness and fortitude in the face of difficult circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The firm has been recognized nationally and in the Milwaukee metro area in eight distinct practice areas and across multiple tiers. LLG earned the honor of a National Tier 2 ranking for Franchise Law and was honored in metro rankings in the following practice areas:

Metro Tier 1

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Franchise Law
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Metro Tier 2

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation

Metro Tier 3

  • Appellate Practice
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Litigation – Real Estate

In addition to the firm’s Tier 1 recognition, individual attorneys at LLG have garnered a veritable slew of honors. Partners Jack Laffey, Mark M. Leitner, Joseph S. Goode, Sarah E. Thomas Pagels and John W. Halpin, and associates Allison E. Laffey and Klay A. Baynar were all named to the US News-Best Lawyers annual list of top attorneys in multiple practice areas.

Mark Leitner received the distinction of “Lawyer of the Year” for his Insurance Litigation practice. In addition to that high honor, Mark celebrates his eleventh year being honored in fitting fashion, receiving accolades in eleven different practice areas:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Franchise Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Litigation – Insurance
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Litigation – Real Estate

Sarah E. Thomas Pagels joins Mark with her own “Lawyer of the Year” honor for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants. Sarah earns this lofty accolade in only her third year on the Best Lawyers list. She is also honored for her work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Partner John W. Halpin and associates Allison E. Laffey and Klay A. Baynar are welcomed to the ranks for the first time. John is included on the Best Lawyers list for outstanding work in:

  • Construction Law
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Allison earns a spot on the Best Lawyers list for her work in Commercial Litigation.

Klay has garnered a spot on the Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” list for Commercial Litigation. He is indeed one to watch.

Partners Jack Laffey and Joseph S. Goode round out the torrent of individual achievements celebrating their sixth year of inclusion on the list.

Jack is honored for his work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Insurance
  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Joe has been honored with inclusion for his nationally recognized work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Franchise Law
  • Litigation – First Amendment
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property

If you are keeping track, nearly every attorney at LLG has been identified as an attorney of distinction in their respective practice areas. In a year of unprecedented challenges LLG continues to deliver excellence for its clients to rise to the occasion once again.

“The list of honors this year speaks for itself,” said Jack Laffey. “Regardless of the circumstances in which we find ourselves (pandemic or not), the team we’ve assembled here is undeterred in its pursuit of excellence for our clients. We appreciate, and never take for granted, these honors as they are the result of peers and clients doing the evaluating.”