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DLA Piper has been named global Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 2009 in the Who's Who Legal Awards. This is the fifth time the firm has been recognised in this way, having won the award every year since its inception.

With the benefit of over eleven years of independent research, Who's Who Legal used the thousands of nominations it has received from clients and private practice professionals to identify the leading firms and individuals in 30 practice areas, as well as the top firm in over 50 countries and five US states. The winners were formally announced in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2009, a compendium edition of all the individual Who's Who Legal publications, which was released in May, covering 30 practice areas and over 100 countries.

Editor in chief Callum Campbell said, "In a highly competitive field, retaining the Who's Who Legal Law Firm of the Year Award for Real Estate is an outstanding achievement. DLA Piper joins a select band of firms to dominate an area in this fashion. Its continuing success is reflected in the consistently positive feedback we received, recognising the firm’s exceptional individual and collective talent. We have no hesitation in once again declaring DLA Piper the leading firm in the world in this area"

Partners from the firm received sufficient nominations from their clients and peers to be listed 23 times across six countries in the Real Estate chapter of the publication. The firm had more practitioners in this section than any other firm.

A list of the DLA Piper lawyers featured in the Real Estate chapter of The International Who'sWho of Business Lawyers accompanies this release.

The awards are based on a number of factors, including the feedback received in the ongoing research process, past performance in the research and the overall aggregate number of weighted votes cast in their favour. In addition to identifying the overall leading firm in more than 50 countries and five US states, the awards also recognise the leading firm and individual in each practice area. The compendium edition is distributed free of charge to thousands of corporate counsel and private practice lawyers from around the world. The information is also available on www.WhosWhoLegal.com and is updated daily.

In 2008, Who's Who Legal was named the Strategic Research Partner of the ABA Section of International Law, in addition to its position as Official Research Partner of the International Bar Association. In 2006, Who's Who Legal's parent company Law Business Research was recognised by The Queen's Award for Enterprise in the area of international trade. These awards are the most prestigious a British company can receive.

DLA Piper lawyers featured in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2009 are:

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Edward J. Levin, Baltimore
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Elliot M. Surkin, Boston
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Francois de Montpellier, Brussels
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Charles L. Edwards, Chicago
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David Glickstein, Chicago
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Robert H. Goldman, Chicago
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Howard E. Kane, Chicago
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Portia Owen Morrison, Chicago
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Theodore J. Novak, Chicago
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Harold Pomerantz, Chicago
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Philip D Weller, Dallas
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Tom O'Grady, Dubai
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David Taylor, London
* Alan Wayte, Los Angeles
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Michael E. Meyer, Los Angeles
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Olaf Schmidt, Milan
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Martin D. Polevoy, New York
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Stephen A. Cowan, San Francisco
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Oskar Winkler, Vienna
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Frederick L. Klein, Washington
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Jay A. Epstien, Washington

About The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers

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Research for each practice area publication is conducted through conversations with private practice lawyers of repute in the practice area in question and in related fields, as well as with general counsel
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Subsequent telephone and face-to-face interviews are conducted internationally to permit the refining of the listing to a selection of between 100 and 600 lawyers who, by general agreement, are considered the pre-eminent lawyers in the field
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It is impossible to buy entry into this publication, only lawyers who have met independent international research criteria are listed
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The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers 2009 acts as a reference source for purchasers of legal services seeking to corroborate the reputations of expert lawyers recommended to them by another party
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Who’s Who Legal aims to reduce the short-term costs incurred in finding a lawyer, but more significantly, to minimise the transactional expense and risk of receiving poor counsel

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