CHARLESTON -- Twelve Huddleston Bolen practice areas received "first-tier" rankings, the highest ranking possible, in the new U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2010 "Best Law Firms" ranking.

The practice areas recognized by US News and Best Lawyers are:

* Banking and Finance Law

* Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

* Corporate Law

* Employment Law - Management

* Insurance Law

* Labor Law - Management

* Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

* Mergers & Acquisitions Law

* Oil & Gas Law

* Railroad Law

* Real Estate Law

* Trusts & Estates Law

The publication categorized and ranked firms metropolitan areas. Huddleston Bolen was ranked in the Charleston, W.Va.; Lexington, Ky.; and Louisville, Ky. metropolitan areas.

To rank law firms in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" guide, the publishers surveyed 52,480 clients and 43,900 lawyers, as well as law firm marketing officers, recruiting officers, and others. Every Fortune 100 company and 587 of the Fortune 1000 companies responded to the survey.

"We are exceptionally proud to be ranked as a 'first-tier' firm," said Tom Gilpin, chair of Huddleston Bolen's management committee. "Our lawyers and staff constantly focus on providing the highest value services to our clients. It's rewarding to have this affirmed by our clients and acknowledged by such well-respected authorities," he said.

Huddleston Bolen is a business-oriented law firm with offices in Huntington and Charleston in West Virginia and Ashland and Louisville in Kentucky. Founded in 1871, the firm represents global corporations, national and regional companies, entrepreneurs, and individuals.

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