U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has recognized Walter | Haverfield as a national “Best Law Firm” for its land use and zoning law practice. The firm also received 16 regional rankings ranging from real estate to litigation to education law.

Land use and zoning law focuses on public efforts to shape the use and development of private land, either through regulation or governmental incentives. Walter | Haverfield earned a second tier national ranking for its land use and zoning law practice for the second year in a row. Previously, the firm’s land use and zoning practice was ranked in the third tier.

Regionally, U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ranked Walter | Haverfield in the top tier for the following practice areas: commercial litigation, criminal defense: white-collar, education law, environmental law, land use and zoning law, litigation – land use and zoning, and real estate law.

The firms included in the 2020 listing are acknowledged for their professional excellence with ratings from clients and peers, according to U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. Achieving a ranking signals a combination of a quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Nearly 16,000 lawyers provided more than one million law firm assessments, and 12,000 clients participated in the evaluation process.

Below is a complete list of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® rankings for Walter | Haverfield. The list can also be found here.

National Tier 2

Land Use & Zoning Law

Metropolitan Tier 1


Commercial Litigation

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Education Law

Environmental Law

Land Use and Zoning Law

Litigation – Land Use & Zoning

Real Estate Law

Metropolitan Tier 2


Banking and Finance Law

Litigation – Environmental

Litigation – Insurance

Tax Law

Metropolitan Tier 3


Bet-the-Company Litigation

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Litigation – Construction

Litigation – ERISA

Litigation – Labor & Employment


About Walter | Haverfield

Since 1932, Walter | Haverfield attorneys have served as strategic counselors to private businesses, public entities and high-net-worth individuals, providing creative and customized solutions that deliver outstanding results at an exceptional value. Our track record has allowed us to sustain year-after-year growth. Walter | Haverfield has doubled its size in the past decade to become one of the top ten Cleveland-based law firms. Today, our team of nearly 90 attorneys is focused primarily in the areas of business services, real estate, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, public law, education law, tax and wealth management, and hospitality and liquor control.