Six Fried Frank partners have been nominated for inclusion in Legal Media Group's Best of the Best USA 2009 Edition, a legal guide which identifies the top 25 American practitioners in a range of practice areas. Fried Frank's top practitioners include partners Arthur Fleischer, Jr. for M&A, Stephen A. Lefkowitz for Real Estate, Jonathan Mechanic for Real Estate, Joshua Mermelstein for Real Estate, Elliot E. Polebaum for Commercial Arbitration, and Audrey Strauss for White Collar Crime.
Legal Media Group commission its research department to carry out a 12-month study of experts in 20 practice areas. The research process for each guide involves sending over 4,000 questionnaires to senior practitioners or in-house counsel involved in each practice area in over 60 jurisdictions, asking them to nominate leading practitioners based on their work and reputation. The results are analyzed and screened for firm, network and alliance bias. Each expert is then independently assessed through a series of interviews with clients and peers. The 25 who received the most votes in each practice area are included in the 2009 edition.