Nixon Peabody named top health law firm

Michele Masucci heads Nixon Peabody's national health care practice from Jericho and Manhattan.

Nixon Peabody has been named the nation’s No. 1 law firm in health care law by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, the legal profession’s top journal of peer review.

The firm’s national health care practice is led by partner Michele Masucci, who works out of Nixon Peabody’s Jericho and Manhattan offices

The honor — one of the publications’ Best Law Firm designations in 74 specialty areas — is based on a ranking system that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

Clients were asked to provide feedback on expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility and whether they would refer another client to the firm. Lawyers also voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor. In addition to information from these surveys, the rankings incorporate 6.7 million evaluations of more than 55,000 leading attorneys collected by Best Lawyers in its most recent annual survey. The data is then combined into an overall score for each firm.

“We thank our clients and colleagues for this outstanding recognition from U.S. News-Best Lawyers, and we are privileged to work alongside them as their trusted advisors,” Masucci said. “As the industry undergoes transformative change, our national practice is guiding its clients through the trends, business drivers and policy imperatives impacting the delivery, cost, access and quality of health care.”

In addition to the health care law firm of the year recognition, U.S. News-Best Lawyers recognized 64 of Nixon Peabody’s regional practices as top tier, as well as 13 nationally, including Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Employment Law-Management, Franchise Law, Health Care Law, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-First Amendment, Litigation-Labor & Employment, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, Public Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Trusts & Estates Law.