BDI CODE 2014 - Israel's Leading Companies, Law Firms, Accounting Firms, Best Companies To Work For - page 64

law firms
BdiCode 2014
Law Firms
Number of Practicing Lawyers in Israel
(by years, in thousands)
In 2013, the growth trend in the number of attorneys in Israel continued,
with the number of attorneys in Israel estimated at 53,750, an increase
of approximately 6% compared to 2012. Consequently, the number
of attorneys per capita in Israel is 1 to 150. For comparison’s sake, the
rate of attorneys per capita in the US is regarded among the highest
in the world, at 1 attorney per 252 capita. Likewise, a 4% increase was
registered in the number of attorneys certified in 2013 with about 3,651
new lawyers certified.
Over the past year, the judicial systemand state prosecution have gone through
ups and downs. The changes resulting from the trial of Ehud Olmert and
the other Holyland scandal convicts, and the Bar Noar case, had conflicting
ramifications on the status of the state prosecution in Israel.
In March 2014, the Holyland verdict was issued, convicting Olmert for having
accepted a NIS half-million bribe to promote the Holyland construction
project, in order to cover the deficit of his brother, Yossi Olmert. Nine of the
other twelve accused were convicted, including former JerusalemMayor Uri
Lupolianski, Olmert's former chief-of-staff Shula Zaken, Avigdor Kelner –
one of the founders of the Holyland Park Company, former Bank Hapoalim
Chairman Dan Dankner, and several other senior businessmen. This verdict
attracted positive feedback on the state prosecution following a wave of
negative criticism sparked, inter alia, by the Rishon Tours and Talansky cases
which were closed without conviction in July 2012, and in the wake of the
acquittal of Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman at the end of 2013.
The rescinding of the agreement with the state witness in the Bar Noar
case in February 2014 sparked further criticism of the police force and state
prosecution, the claim against these establishments being that they do not
always exhaust all the various directions and possibilities of investigation.
The remark made by Justice Rozen in the Holyland case that he will not
automatically accept Mrs. Shula Zaken’s plea bargain unless proven that it
actually has significant public value perhaps signifies a certain shift that took
place in the courts’ stance on this matter.
In July 2013, Minister of Justice Tzippy Livni and Attorney General Yehuda
Weinstein announced the establishment of a body that would supervise the
state prosecution with the goal of bolstering public trust in the judicial system.
In the context of the agreements between the two, it was decided that the
purview of the new supervising body would extend to all the prosecution
bodies and agents of the Attorney General. It was also decided that the
supervising body would be able to examine the complaints received from
the public at large without any intermediary.
The trend of merging law firms, and the surge in large firms supplanting
medium and small ones continued as well into this past year, inter alia in
an attempt to deal with the rising competition in the field. In June 2013
four of six partners in Y. Zaltzman, Gilat, Knoller, Grauss, Solomon and Co.
joined Shibolet & Co, along with 12 other attorneys from the firm, bringing
their activities and clients along with them. As a result of the merger, the
firm now numbers 78 attorneys and 42 partners. The rest of the partners
in Y. Zaltzman, Gilat Canolor, Gross, Solomon and Co. firm joined Epstein,
Knoller, Chomsky, Osnat, Gilat Tenenboim and Co.
This year, Goldfarb Seligman & Co. ranked first place, a promotion from its
second place ranking of last year. The firm numbers 156 attorneys and 72
partners, and specializes in commercial law, the capital market, litigation,
real estate etc. The firm ranked second place is Herzog Fox & Neeman - Law
Office, numbering 142 attorneys and 86 partners. This firm specializes in all
areas of commercial law and continues to be involved in important mergers
and acquisitions in Israel.
Ranked third place is  Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co. The firm offers
legal services in a wide range of areas including litigation, companies, real
estate, technology, life sciences and more. The firm comprises 133 attorneys
and 36 partners. Yigal Arnon & Co. Law Firm rose one notch in its ranking,
and currently claims fourth place. This firm numbers 95 attorneys and 53
partners, offering legal services to an eclectic customer base.
Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal, Law offices comes in fifth place, with its
170 attorneys and 71 partners. It is one of the leading law firms in company
law, mergers and acquisitions, banking, the capital market etc. Gornitzky &
Co. Advocates and Notaries ranks 6th place, comprising 92 attorneys and
39 partners. The firm takes part in the large business transactions in the
Israeli market and is involved in the development of the Israeli economy,
trade and justice.
S. Horowitz and Co. retained its 7th place ranking. This firm, numbering 90
attorneys and 38 partners in known for its experience with transactions and
mergers, banks, venture capital, intellectual property and more. Ranked 8th
place is Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg and Co., numbering
91 attorneys and 42 partners. The Firm represents a wide gamut of clients
from Israel and abroad and specializes in the capital market, technology,
venture capital, securities, commercial law etc.
M. Firon & Co. Advocates & Notaries ranks 9th place, comprising 87 attorneys
and 54 partners. The Firm offers its clients a variety of legal services in all areas
of civil-commercial law. Agmon & Co., Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. claims
the 10th place, with its 52 attorneys and 21 partners. It is one of Israel’s
leading law firms in the field of trade restrictions and commercial litigation,
the capital market and securities.
Next in line is Naschitz Brandes Amir followed by Amit, Pollak, Matalon &
Co., Advocates & Notary. Shibolet & Co. ranks 13th in line, with Erdinast,
Ben Nathan & Co., Advocates close in toe. Zellermayer, Pelossof, Rosovsky,
Tsafrir, Toledano & Co. ranks no. 15 this year, Yehuda Raveh & Co. Law
Offices – no. 16, and Lipa Meir & Co. comes in next in line. Balter, Guth,
Aloni & Co. ranks no. 18, followed by Weksler, Bregman & Co., Advocates
and Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer & Co. Law Offices (ZAG-S&W) completes the
second set of ten.
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