Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Patrick J. Rice as the “Augusta Best Lawyers Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year” for 2011.
After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2011) is based on more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in Best Lawyers surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Patrick J. Rice on being selected as the ‘Augusta Best Lawyers Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year’ for 2011.”
Pat has been a trial lawyer since 1966 and practices in the areas of general civil litigation, health care and general business matters. By providing experienced counsel for several decades Pat has helped clients from numerous industries find solutions to conflicts and avoid future conflicts. He has handled a wide variety of cases including: professional, products and premises liability; personal injury; securities fraud; banking, commercial and general business matters; trademarks; construction issues; non-competition agreements; governmental liability; eminent domain; a diversity of general contractual, tort and estate disputes and national and statewide class actions. He also has represented clients in appellate courts, state and federal trial courts and serves as a mediator in commercial, personal injury and professional liability cases. In addition to his litigation practice, he also represents several businesses and healthcare organizations.