Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp, LLP received a first-tier ranking nationally and in the San Francisco metropolitan area in the 2011-2012 “Best Law Firms” list, published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.  

Barg Coffin was selected nationally in the area of Litigation – Environmental. In the San Francisco metropolitan area, the firm was honored in the areas of Environmental Law and Litigation – Environmental.

“We sincerely appreciate this vote of confidence from our clients and the legal community. These distinctions honor each and every member of the firm for their continuous contributions to building and maintaining an organization dedicated to outstanding client service with a focus on environmental law and litigation,” said R. Morgan Gilhuly, managing partner of Barg Coffin.

Inclusion in the “Best Law Firms” listing is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes data collection, evaluation and feedback from thousands of clients, lawyers and law firm representatives spanning a wide range of practice areas nationwide.  

Best Lawyers, in addition to honoring the firm collectively, also recently named firm founders John F. Barg and Richard C. Coffin to The Best Lawyers in America 2012 (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.), and Barg was honored as the 2012 “San Francisco Best Lawyers Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year.”

Ranking results are posted online here. at

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