Groom attorneys are committed to excellence in our field. Our dedication to quality and innovation is recognized by clients, as well as industry experts at the local and national levels. We owe our success to great leadership, constant collaboration, and the fantastic relationships we’ve built with our clients—when they win, we win. Recognition & Awards Our exceptional level of service has earned us consistent top-tier rankings and many of our industry’s highest awards. Chambers USA Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Nationwide) Band 1 (2010 – 2020) Groom maintains the highest rankings from Chambers USA both nationwide and within the District of Columbia region with nine attorneys individually recognized. Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (District of Columbia) Band 1 (2006 – 2020) Groom remains the only firm to earn a Band 1 distinction for employee benefits and executive compensation in the District of Columbia with no other firm achieving placement in the highest classification. ERISA Litigation (Nationwide) Band 2 (2013 – 2020) With more than 20 attorneys, our litigation team is consistently recognized as a national-leading ERISA litigation practice and leaders within the field. Chambers USA Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Law Firm of the Year (2012, 2018) Groom has twice received the Award for Excellence for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, an honor crediting the firm’s preeminence in these practice areas, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service. Legal 500 Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 1 (2020) Groom continues to be regarded as a leader in the employee benefits, executive and retirement field with Legal 500 noting that Groom is the “premier” benefits boutique in the U.S. The publication continues to acknowledge several Groom attorneys as leading lawyers, next generation partners and hall of famers, the most elite classification. ERISA Litigation Tier 2 (2020) Legal 500 praises Groom’s “expansive litigation team” for successfully representing plan sponsors, retirement and health plan clients in state and federal litigation, investigations and arbitration. Healthcare: advice to health insurers Tier 3 (2020) Groom’s healthcare team is consistently recognized by Legal 500 for counseling clients across a wide spectrum of healthcare matters. Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4 (2020) For our work on employee benefit transactions, Groom is recognized for having a breadth of experience. U.S. News & World Report – The Best Lawyers in America© “Best Law Firms” Basing its rankings solely on client and peer reviews, U.S. News & World Report continues to identify Groom as a top law firm in the U.S. across several practice areas. 15 Groom lawyers have been identified as leaders in their respective fields. Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law: Washington, D.C. (Tier 1, 2020) + National (Tier 2, 2020) Litigation – ERISA: Washington, D.C. (Tier 1, 2020) + National (Tier 1, 2020) Tax Law: Washington, D.C. (Tier 1, 2020) + National (Tier 2, 2020) Employment Law – Management: Washington, D.C. (Tier 1, 2020) + National (Tier 3, 2020) Government Relations: Washington, D.C. (Tier 2, 2020) Best Lawyers 2019 Litigation – ERISA “Lawyer of the Year” Lars Golumbic As the highest honor for individuals, Best Lawyers bestows the “Lawyer of the Year” distinction to one lawyer each year in their specialty and designated metropolitan area. In 2019 Lars Golumbic was awarded the honor by obtaining the highest overall peer feedback. Making Justice Real Pro Bono Award 2019 Recognizing Groom’s extraordinary commitment to providing a significant number of pro bono services and for the quality of representation given, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia awarded us with their Making Justice Real Pro Bono Award. Vault Top 150 Under 150 (2020) Best Midsize Law Firms for Compensation (2020) According to Vault, Groom is among the best-known and most sought-after U.S. firms with fewer than 150 attorneys and, as reported by way of first-hand associate feedback, scores highly in the quality of life category for compensation. From Our Clients While we are honored to be acknowledged by our peers and by ranking organizations, the positive feedback and praise we receive from our clients means the most to us. “It is a superb team with so much depth. It’s as though everyone knows everything and you get in-depth, current advice very quickly.” –Client comments from the 2020 Chambers USA “I believe Groom is an exceptional firm. They not only provide solid legal advice, they take the time to get to know our company and business—sometimes they feel more like an extension of our legal staff. Their contacts with the government are unmatched and they don’t hesitate to tap into those contacts for the benefit of the client.” “The lawyers have deep expertise in their respective subject matters, are able to reduce technical matters to practical advice and are responsive and responsible service providers. Groom’s expertise and service level meets or exceeds the best in the business.” –Client comments from the 2020 Chambers USA “Provides great insight into the industry and regulators, which I cannot obtain elsewhere.” –Client comments from the 2017 Chambers USA “The team is a valuable resource on ERISA, fiduciary, and employee benefits law. They know our business and can get right to the legal issues without the need for extensive research.” “The lawyers that we work with at Groom are extremely knowledgeable. Equally important, they are responsive, pragmatic and seem to genuinely care about our business. They are a pleasure to work with.” –The Hershey Company “Expertise, cost-consciousness, flexibility, and immediate availability. All of our offices—legal, human resources and financial—have come to think of them as not just our lawyers, but as part of our team.” –Legal Services Corporation Our Clients We’re proud of the work we do and the clients we serve. View a representative list of the many corporate plan sponsors, benefit plan service providers, and associations and non-profit organizations that rely on Groom for advice and counsel.