Best Law Firms

Firms included in the “Best Law Firms” lists are recognized for professional excellence with consistently high ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking indicates an impressive combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The complete list of rankings is published on the U.S. News website. Downey Brand practices were first recognized in 2017:

Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyer recognizes attorneys for excellent achievement in their area of practice. Lawyers are selected through peer-review surveys, which are completed by thousands of leading lawyers who confidentially evaluate their peers. Downey Brand attorneys have been recognized as Best Lawyers in the following years:

Best of the Bar

The annual list includes many of the region’s most prominent and well-respected attorneys from across Sacramento, El Dorado, Yolo and Placer counties. Attorneys were nominated by their peers and then selected by a peer-review panel based on expertise and reputation within the legal community. Downey Brand attorneys have been recognized as Best Lawyers in the following years:

Best Places to Work

Sacramento Business Journal’s Best Places to Work honors companies with operations in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties. Employees of nominated companies were asked to answer questions that measure employee engagement in several categories, including teamwork, trust, compensation, and benefits. A third-party company evaluated the responses and identified first-, second-, and third-place winners in each size category.

Chambers USA

Chambers USA is the leading legal directory, ranking the top lawyers and law firms across the USA. Their legal rankings are based on unrivaled and in-depth market analysis and independent research, all of which is conducted by their dedicated team of researchers. Downey Brand attorneys have been recognized since 2019.


Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings is a gold standard in attorney ratings, recognizing lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings system is based entirely on the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary, who rank peers for their excellence in legal knowledge, communication skills, and professional ethics. The AV Preeminent® rating, the highest rating offered by the Martindale-Hubbel Law Directory, is awarded to less than five percent of all attorneys across the United States.

Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have achieved distinction in their respective practices of law. Only the top five percent of lawyers in the state of California receive this honor each year. Attorneys are selected based upon independent research, professional achievement, and peer review. Downey Brand attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers in the following years:

Top Lawyers

The list of Top Lawyers was compiled from votes from attorneys throughout the region recommending colleagues in more than 50 legal disciplines. The nominees were carefully evaluated on the basis of the survey results, legitimacy of their license, and State Bar standing. Attorneys who received the highest number of votes in each discipline received a Top Lawyer designation and will be featured in Sacramento Magazine. Downey Brand attorneys have been recognized as Best Lawyers in the following years:

40 Under 40

The Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 recognizes local leaders for their outstanding professional accomplishments and community involvement. Honorees must be under the age of 40 and work in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer or Yolo counties. The following Downey Brand attorneys have been recognized as 40 Under 40: