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NOVEMBER 9, 2015 – In recognition of the firm’s national leadership in serving the converging worlds of tech, media, and communications, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has been named 2016 Law Firm of the Year in two practice areas—Communications and First Amendment Litigation—by the respected survey organization Best Lawyers in partnership with the magazine "U.S. News."

In rankings released last week, DWT also received National Tier 1 rankings in 17 additional practice areas.

Only one firm in the country is honored as "Law Firm of the Year" for each practice area. According to Best Lawyers, firms are chosen for the honor based on factors that include strong performance on surveys of the firm’s clients, as well as the high regard that lawyers in the same practice area have for the firm. The rankings were published this week on the Best Lawyers U.S. News website.

This is the third time in four years that Davis Wright Tremaine has been honored as "Law Firm of the Year" in Communications. The firm has received the honor for First Amendment Litigation twice in the same period.

"We are privileged to work with some of the most dynamic and influential clients across this vibrant industry," said Alexandra Nicholson, chair of the Communications, Media and Intellectual Property practice at Davis Wright Tremaine. "I am thrilled to have our work on their behalf recognized again and I look forward to another great year of innovation and success."

Attorneys in DWT’s Communications group assist cable operators, wired and wireless telecommunications providers, Internet access providers, and others in dealings with federal and state regulators. "Our lawyers are involved both publicly and behind the scenes in cutting edge regulatory and transactional matters, including settling high-profile FCC enforcement actions and, where necessary, litigating against both government agencies and private parties," said Danielle Frappier, co-chair of DWT’s Communications group. "Our objective is always getting our clients a good result at the lowest cost, in terms of both money and time."

DWT is widely known for its leadership position in First Amendment law. We are the firm of choice for many of the nation’s most prominent media, news, entertainment, and content companies, including traditional and new media, advertisers, major online networks and information service providers, website designers, and developers and publishers of software.

In the past year, the firm has had a number of critical First Amendment victories on behalf of our clients, including a win at the Washington Appeals Court for the lawyer-rating site Avvo, which established a heightened standard for defamation plaintiffs seeking disclosure of an anonymous online speaker’s identity, and a victory in New York Federal Court, which affirmed the right of our client, a playwright, to parody the iconic television series "Three’s Company."

DWT has also become the go-to firm for litigation combatting on-campus speech codes that violate the First Amendment, and continues to successfully litigate a number of important public records cases that hold police, health departments, and other public agencies accountable.

In addition to Communications and First Amendment Litigation, DWT was awarded a National Tier 1 rating in the following 17 practice areas:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA)
  • Employment – Management
  • Energy
  • Entertainment – Motion Pictures and Television
  • Entertainment – Music
  • Franchise Law
  • Health Care 
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Media Law
  • Real Estate
  • Trademark
  • Trusts & Estates

About Davis Wright Tremaine
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is a national law firm with approximately 500 lawyers representing clients based throughout the United States and around the world. The firm was recently named "Innovative Law Firm of the Year" by the International Legal Technology Association. For more information, visit

The DWT communications team publishes a suite of blogs and newsletters to keep clients and friends informed about important developments across the industry. These include: Broadband Deployment Law Advisor, E-Rate Law Advisor, Lifeline Law Advisor, MediaLaw Monitor, Open Internet Law Advisor, and Privacy & Security Law Blog.