R&E awarded “Top Business” recognition by DiversityBusiness.com

March 2, 2012 - 4 minute read

The New Orleans-based Class Action and Contracts litigation firm, Rodney & Etter, LLC, is pleased to announce its selection as a 2012 “Top Business” recipient by DiversityBusiness.com.   The DiversityBusiness.com “Top Business” award is the most recent recognition of the firm’s capabilities and continues a tradition of national recognition as one of the best litigation law firms in the country.  The award will be formally received by the firm at the DiversityBusiness.com Annual Member Conference, April 25-27, 2012 at Foxwoods Resort, Connecticut.

All the awards garnered by R&E partners over the past many years serve as a testament to the hard work our staff constantly delivers in the courtroom, at the negotiating table and throughout the community.  Together they have led to the firm being referred to as “pound for pound” one of the best litigation firms in the country

One of our historic recognitions came in 1995, when the R&E lawyers led what American Lawyer recognized as one of the best law firms in the country in the area of litigation.

According to a March 1995 article in the New Orleans Data New Weekly:

“American Lawyer magazine decided to not only take the word of firms who have been telling them that they are client driven, service-oriented, and focused on clear communication, quality work, and reasonable billing. They wanted to know if firms’ perceptions match reality. So they went to the clients. The findings were favorable to say the least for a local firm.

 “The multi-cultural law firm [led by Managing Partner, Roy J. Rodney, Jr] in New Orleans had become known nationwide for its litigation practice specializing in commercial litigation, professional liability, products liability, health care issues and toxic torts.

The process by which the firm was selected for this prestigious award was rigorous:

“American Lawyer received 400 responses to a survey mailed to the corporate counsel of businesses who subscribe to the publication. These in-house lawyers cover a wide gamut of industries, geographic locations and sizes of legal departments. In addition, American Lawyer telephone surveyed more than 200 general counsel of companies recognized by Fortune magazine as the leading companies in several industries in the country. They were asked to identify the top three law firms in 11 practice areas, including litigation. Firms were rated on quality of work, service and value.”

Out of this national survey process, the firm led by Roy Rodney was identified as one of the best law firms in the country for litigation… an award made more remarkable given the relatively small size of the firm and its base of operations in New Orleans.  As an example of the firm’s capabilities, at the time of the award the firm had just successfully guided a Fortune 500 diversified products company through the largest lawsuit in the company’s history.  The award announcement concluded with the following statement:

“The law firm’s commitment to their clients is matched by their high regard for legal and educational excellence.”  

Rodney & Etter’s reputation for success has continued over the intervening years, including last year’s zero verdict for the Orleans School Board in the  John McDonough Senior High School shooting case.

When he formed the firm sixteen years ago, Roy J. Rodney, Jr. said, “We view lawyering as a personal service business and we are honored to have been chosen as tops in quality and service by America’s corporate counsel. There is no higher compliment than public recognition by your clients.” The same sentiment guides the Rodney & Etter law firm today.

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