Honors & Recognition

Nationally Recognized

We are proud that our clients recognize the quality of legal services and the ability of our lawyers at AP&S, which has resulted in numerous national recognitions.

Media Recognition

  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers has ranked Adler Pollock & Sheehan among the best law firms in Rhode Island in 26 practice areas. Firms included in the “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence, with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
  • Corporate Board Member magazine named AP&S as one of the top corporate law firms based on a survey of directors of publicly traded U.S. corporations.
  • Making an elite list of 600 firms nationwide, AP&S was recognized by corporate counsel from America’s largest companies for high quality and cost-effectiveness in a survey conducted by American Lawyer Magazine. Also noted for its Litigation and Environmental practices, AP&S was one of only six firms mentioned in New England.
  • Many media outlets have quoted or featured AP&S attorneys, such as Lawyers Weekly USA, The National Law Journal, Newsweek, The ABA Journal, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Rhode Island Law Tribune, The Providence Journal, Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly, Providence Business News, Boston Herald, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and The New England Real Estate Journal. Television programs, including 48 Hours and segments of national news broadcasts, have included AP&S attorneys as well.


AP&S and its attorneys have been reviewed by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide authoritative resource about the legal profession and facilitator of a peer review process that rates lawyers.

Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale- Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards. This unbiased review is a reflection of having achieved the highest levels of professional skill and integrity. AP&S is an AV-rated firm.

The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Icon is a service mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used under permission from Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc. in accord with the terms and conditions established by Martindale-Hubbell.

Chambers & Partners USA Directory of Business Lawyers

AP&S has been rated a leading Rhode Island law firm by the prestigious publication Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Among the practice areas that were ranked in premier positions in the nationwide directory were Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment Law. The Corporate/Commercial and Real Estate practices have also been top-ranked in the state of Rhode Island.

Selected by clients and peers as “Leaders in their Field,” several AP&S attorneys are included in the most recent edition as well. Attorneys are ranked on qualities which include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.

Through in-depth interviews with clients and attorneys, the selection of law firms and individual attorneys is made by the Chambers’ research team. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. Editorial comments are also included along with the rankings based on the findings of the researchers.

Best Lawyers in America®

Based on an exhaustive peer-review survey, Best Lawyers is widely regarded to be the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. Several AP&S attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America.

Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys

Since 1986, AP&S has been listed continuously in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, the premier reference tool for locating qualified insurance attorneys. Only firms that are recommended by their insurance industry clients are listed, and all listees are thoroughly examined by A.M. Best Company’s staff to ensure that their reputation and commitment to the insurance industry comply with the standards of excellence established by A.M. Best Company.

Super Lawyers

AP&S lawyers are routinely listed as Super Lawyers, a designation conferred upon the most respected legal practitioners in the state. The recognition is based upon peer review and professional achievement. No more than five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected by the research team to receive this honor.

Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation has named AP&S one of the most highly recommended Litigation and Labor & Employment firms in Rhode Island. It also names John Tarantino, Patricia Rocha and Todd White as local litigation stars for recognition of their high quality of litigation work. AP&S was also named highly recommended in the First Circuit in Benchmark’s Appellate Guide, naming John Tarantino and Patricia Rocha the First Circuit litigation stars in Rhode Island. Patricia Rocha was also named one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2013 – 2019.

Benchmark Labor and Employment Stars include Robert P. Brooks and Michael D. Chittick.

Benchmark Litigation identifies the leading U.S. trial attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Focused exclusively on the U.S. litigation market, the publication’s rankings and editorials are the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel.

The Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace (The Red Book)

This leading bond contact resource directory lists several AP&S attorneys who have demonstrated experience and skill in advising the municipal bond industry.

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