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CGS3 Earns 2024 Best Law Firm Recognition

December 5, 2023 CGS3 Recognition







SAN DIEGO (Nov. 2023) – Best Lawyers – the oldest and most respected peer review research and accolades company in the legal profession ­ – recently released the 14th edition of the United States Best Law Firm rankings, naming Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson (CGS3) a Metropolitan Tier 1 firm for real estate and construction law and a Metropolitan Tier 2 firm for tax law and litigation/construction for 2024.  

The Best Law Firms research methodology includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

The 2024 rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process with a proven methodology that relies on qualitative and quantitative data on legal skillset, achievements and client successes collected through a submission process managed by Best Lawyers. This year’s edition awarded national Best Law Firms recognitions to 2,202 firms and 16,324 firms received Best Law Firms regional recognitions.

A firm must have at least one attorney in the current Best Lawyers in America to earn eligibility for the Best Law Firms listing.  Best Lawyers recognizes the top 5% of private practicing lawyers in the United States.  Ten CGS3 partners – Robert J. BellThomas B.  Crosbie, Sean Gaffney, Ray B. Gliner, Phillip L. Jelsma, Brian Kintz, Gregory Markow, Steven Otto, Dana I. Schiffman and Craig  Swanson –  are featured in the 2024 edition.

Hailed as the legal industry’s gold standard, Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession. Because of the exacting methodology involved, the annual ranking is regarded as the industry’s definitive guide to legal excellence.  Over four decades, Best Lawyers has evolved into the leading resource for both lawyers and clients looking for top legal talent.


About Best Law Firms

Debuted in 2010, Best Law Firms® is the most credible rankings of exceptional law firms, rooted in a rigorous, peer-to-peer, industry-driven evaluation. Achieving a tiered ranking in Best Law Firms signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Ranked firms, presented in three tiers, are recognized on a national and metro-based scale. Best Law Firm’s time-tested reputation and a future-focused commitment to innovation provides legal professionals with an elevated stature, validation and confidence that comes from being part of, and working with, a Best Law Firms honored practice. For more information visit


About Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3)

CGS3 is a recognized leader among a new generation of commercial real estate law firms with practice areas covering the entire commercial real estate life cycle, including finance, acquisition/disposition, entity formation, tax, development, land use, leasing, distressed asset workouts and dispute resolution.  CGS3 has recruited and continues to recruit the state’s top real estate attorneys from both large corporate firms and senior in-house positions.  For more information, visit