Plaintiffs' Law Firm Motley Rice Ranked A Best Law Firm by U.S. News and World Report

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - Motley Rice, one of the nation's largest plaintiffs' litigation firms, announces today that U.S. News & World Report has named the firm to its 2010 Best Law Firms list, an annual list showcasing law firms in 81 practice areas throughout the United States. The Best Law Firms rankings are based on both objective data and peer evaluations. Motley Rice was ranked on both a national and metropolitan level for its work in mass tort litigation and class actions and was also selected for its personal injury and commercial litigation work on the metropolitan level.

Motley Rice represents clients in individual and class action cases in complex litigation across an array of practice areas, regularly litigating challenging cases involving multiple parties in state and federal jurisdictions throughout the United States, either as sole counsel for the plaintiffs or in association with local counsel and other firms. Motley Rice is currently active in such cases as the nationally publicized Composix® Kugel® Mesh hernia repair patch multidistrict litigation being tried in Rhode Island and the burn pit litigation filed by military personnel against defense contractors KBR and Halliburton as well as mesothelioma and BP oil spill lawsuits filed across the country. The firm's attorneys have received a number of awards and accolades for their willingness to take on diverse litigation in the fight to protect those harmed by wrongdoing and negligence.

"Injured parties deserve proper representation and organizations such as this serve as a sound resource for those in need. We are honored to be at the top of this year's ranking," said Motley Rice co-founder and asbestos lawyer Joe Rice.

Best Lawyers compiles its list by conducting extensive peer-review surveys in which thousands of lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The list is published in an annual referral guide, The Best Lawyers in America, with the intention of providing lawyers and clients with a reliable source for finding legal experts in unfamiliar jurisdictions and practice areas. To date, Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication available in the legal profession. The 2010 Best Law Firms list will be featured in the October print issue of U.S. News & World Report and will be available on September 27, 2010. The list and selection methodology are also available at

About Motley Rice LLC

Motley Rice LLC is one of the nation's largest plaintiffs' litigation firms. Motley Rice attorneys gained recognition for their pioneering asbestos lawsuits, their work with the State Attorneys General in their landmark litigation against Big Tobacco, and the 9/11 families in their groundbreaking lawsuit against terrorist financiers. With more than 60 attorneys and hundreds of staff, the firm continues to handle complex litigation, including cases in the areas of aviation disasters, securities and consumer fraud, shareholder rights, asbestos bankruptcy, occupational disease including mesothelioma, environmental contamination such as the BP oil spill, human rights, drugs and medical device defects. Motley Rice is headquartered in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and has additional offices in Connecticut; Washington, D.C.; New York; Rhode Island; and West Virginia.