Brunswick Group, Sitrick And Company, Ripp Media, Sard Verbinnen & Co. occupy the top rung of the ladder in Chambers and Partners’ debut rankings of PR firms doing legal and litigation support work.

Chambers, which has ranked the world’s top lawyers since 1990, commended Brunswick’s litigation team for its “breadth and depth of experience” and “sophisticated understanding of the media,” as well as for their expertise on cybersecurity-related matters.

RM was singled out for its work in such high-profile cases as Smith & Mullin’s representation of former Fox News commentator Gretchen Carlson in her suit against Roger Ailes.

SV&C drew high marks for its handling of litigation related to M&A transactions.

S&C was praised for advising defendants facing high-profile litigation and on bankruptcies and restructurings.

London-based Chambers lauded Mike Sitrick, Allan Ripp and Lanny Davis of Trident DMG, as top (e.g., Band 1) counselors.

The rankings service employs a team of 170 researchers to rank law firms and legal practitioners in various fields, based on interviews conducted with both lawyers and legal clients. Rankings take such qualities as technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service and commitment into consideration.

Infinite Global, Edelman, FTI Consulting, Kekst & Co., PRCG Haggerty and Trident rank as Band 2 firms.

Kekst’s Jeremy Fielding, PRCG Haggerty’s James Haggerty, Edelman’s Harlan Loeb and Ellen Moskowitz of Brunswick earned Band 2 status.

Band 3 firms are Levick, Hellerman Communications and KARV Communications, while Jamie Diaferia (Infinite Global), Andrew Frank (KARV), Ian McCaleb (Levick) and John Hellerman are PR pros in that category.