Awards and Recognition

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have released the 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings. GSRM ranked in Nashville’s “Tier 1” for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law; and Trusts & Estates Law. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale.  Receiving a tier designation reflects a high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.


Sixteen GSRM attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Seventy percent of the firm’s partners are listed in Best Lawyers. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. 83,000 industry leading attorneys are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore 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.”


Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Rhea Bucy and Tom Forrester werelisted as Notable Practitioners in Chambers USA 2017 for Litigation: Bankruptcy.


Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Eight GSRM attorneys were named to Mid-South Super Lawyers in 2017 – Gareth Aden, Rhea Bucy, Chris Cardwell, Tom Forrester, Linda Knight, Wes Turner and Mark Westlake.  The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. Also in 2017, Rob Hazard was named 2017 Mid-South Rising Star for Estate and Probate.


Best Lawyers® has named Tom Forrester as Best Lawyers’ Nashville Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2018.  After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”


GSRM came in at #15 among the top 25 companies for the 2015 NBJ Corporate Giving Awards. These awards recognize companies rated highest for cash giving per employee.