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Honors & Awards

We are proud of the honors and awards we have achieved thanks to the dedication of our attorneys and staff.

2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplace2018 TOP WORKPLACE

Godfrey & Kahn is pleased to announce that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has named the firm a Top Workplace in the mid-sized company category (150 – 499 employees) for the ninth year in a row. The survey recognizes organizations located in Southeastern Wisconsin with exemplary work places.

This is the ninth year the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel worked with WorkplaceDynamics, a suburban Philadelphia company that surveys companies and analyzes the data, to determine the area's top workplaces. Godfrey & Kahn placed 15th out of the 50 companies identified in the mid-sized category.

The entrepreneurial, team-oriented work environment and approachable office culture makes Godfrey & Kahn a top place to work. Attorneys are making a difference in the business and legal community and the firm recognizes that all employees are an essential part of the success story. Godfrey & Kahn is committed to a professional and cultural environment of inclusion in which men and women having different backgrounds, perspectives, beliefs and cultural and ethnic heritages can thrive. The firm’s leadership works closely with its employees to identify opportunities for education, networking and client development to provide multiple roads to success.


Godfrey & Kahn was recently named a "Highly Recommended Wisconsin Litigation Firm," the highest ranking available, by Benchmark Litigation. In addition, several of the firm's attorney's were ranked individually.

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Best Law Firms 20182018 best law firms

Godfrey & Kahn is proud to be recognized in the 2018 Best Law Firms rankings released by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®.

Tier 2 National Rankings

Corporate Law

Tier 3 National Rankings

Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Health Care Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation - Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions Law

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Best Lawyers 20182018 LAWYERS OF THE YEAR

Godfrey & Kahn is proud to announce that Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named ten of the firm's attorneys "Lawyer of the Year" for 2018.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

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Chambers & Partners 2017Chambers & Partners - 2017

Godfrey & Kahn is pleased to announce the firm's Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, General Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment, Natural Resources & Environment and Real Estate Practice Groups were ranked among the top statewide, according to a listing compiled by Chambers & Partners. A number of the firm’s attorneys were recognized individually as leaders in their fields, including Steve Chernof, John Dickens and Peter Sommerhauser, who were recognized as Senior Statesmen.

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Godfrey & Kahn is proud to announce that 27 of its attorneys have been named 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers®. They are among the top 5 percent of lawyers in the state based on research conducted by Super Lawyers®, a service of Thomson Reuters Legal Division.

Additionally, 19 attorneys have been recognized as 2017 Wisconsin Rising Stars® by Super Lawyers. Rising Stars are lawyers age 40 and under or lawyers who have been practicing for 10 or less years. They are among the top 2.5 percent of the best, up-and-coming attorneys in the state based on the results of a survey completed by the most recent group of Super Lawyers.

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Godfrey & Kahn is proud to announce that Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers named the firm one of the 2014 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers “50 Best Law Firms for Women.”

Godfrey & Kahn was honored for its excellence in its family friendly policies and business and career development initiatives that are helping to retain women attorneys and advance them into the leadership pipeline. The top 50 firms were evaluated on: overall workforce profile, female representation, hires, losses and attrition rates; flexibility policies and arrangements offered; leadership, compensation and advancement of women; and the development and retention of women.

Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers founded the 50 Best Law Firms initiative for Women in 2007 to celebrate law firms that are most successful in retaining and promoting women lawyers. The goal is also to give law firms benchmarking tools to enable them to improve the status of women in their firms in the future. Godfrey & Kahn was named to the list in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

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