25 North Central Avenue

Staunton, VA 24401


Best Lawyers® —An Important Measure of Legal Excellence

Best Lawyers® —An Important Measure of Legal Excellence

Perhaps you’ve seen it before on a lawyer’s business card or website bio — “named one of The Best Lawyers in America®.” Have you ever wondered who is responsible for making this designation and how they do it?

The Best Lawyers in America® is the oldest and most highly respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. Since its creation in 1983, it has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. To be included in the Best Lawyers®, attorneys are confidentially peer-reviewed based on their knowledge and performance in their respective practice area(s). Only certain high-ranked lawyers are eligible to vote, as Best Lawyers believes the quality of each review directly correlates to the quality of those who win. In other words, the best are chosen by the best.   

For the 23rd edition (2017), 7.3 million evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers were analyzed, resulting in nearly 55,000 lawyers in 140 practice areas across the country earning recognition.

Seven of TimberlakeSmith’s lawyers have been deemed the best in their specialties throughout the entire Staunton/Charlottesville area in the 23rd edition (2017).

TimberlakeSmith’s 2017 Best Lawyers®:

Thomas G. Bell, Jr., James D. Mayson, J. Ross Newell, III, , John W. Sills, III, Colin J. S. Thomas, Jr., C. J. Steuart Thomas, III, and G. Rodney Young, II.

There are no fees or dues for being included in the Best Lawyers—it is a list, not a society, which lawyers are honored to be on. Several of our lawyers have been included for many consecutive years, meaning they have been continuously evaluated by their peers and considered to be the best many times over.


You Deserve the Best

TimberlakeSmith is extremely proud to have so many attorneys, as a firm, esteemed with the honor of inclusion in Best Lawyers®. We believe it is our many years of experience, willingness to go the extra mile for a client, and overall passion for defending the law that makes so many of our attorneys the best. It just goes to show that the best lawyers don’t just work in big cities or at big-name firms — you don’t have to look elsewhere to get the best representation.