COSTA MESA, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2012) - Weiland, Golden, Smiley, Wang Ekvall & Strok, LLP today announced that it received for a third consecutive year a "First-Tier Ranking" for bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization from U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®. The ranking is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes a collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. In addition, Jeffrey Golden, Evan Smiley and Philip Strok were again selected as the "Best Lawyers in America" for bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization. 

As one of California's leading boutique insolvency firms, Weiland, Golden, Smiley, Wang Ekvall & Strok, LLP is uniquely qualified to represent business debtors, creditors, creditors' committees, trustees, asset purchasers and other parties in the largest bankruptcy cases throughout the nation. The firm also specializes in out-of-court workouts where the chapter 11 process is avoided. The firm's attorneys are graduates of nationally ranked law schools, and have served judicial clerkships to United States Bankruptcy Judges, and/or apprenticed with major national law firms.

"We are very excited again to be ranked among the top law firms in the nation," said Lei Lei Wang Ekvall, partner with Weiland, Golden, Smiley, Wang Ekvall & Strok, LLP. "Our success stems from the unique combination of services and expertise we bring to our clients. We offer the sophistication, experience, and scholastic excellence of a large law firm with the efficient, hands-on attitude and focus of a specialized boutique. This has always been a winning recipe for success at our firm, and the U.S. News' Best Lawyers honor recognizes the firm as a national leader in business reorganizations."

The U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings, presented in tiers, showcases more than 10,000 firms that are ranked nationally within 170 metropolitan areas across the U.S. in 118 practice areas. Achieving a first-tier ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise. The rankings in their entirety are posted online at

About Weiland Golden:
Weiland, Golden, Smiley, Wang Ekvall & Strok, LLP, is a 13-lawyer boutique firm in Costa Mesa, Calif. that has confirmed chapter 11 plans for a wide variety of businesses, and has effectively pursued remedies on behalf of creditors in bankruptcy cases throughout the country. Because of its expertise, Weiland Golden lawyers have been uniquely situated to guide financially distressed businesses through out-of-court workouts, and the chapter 11 process, if necessary. The firm's clients include medium to large companies in diverse industries such as apparel, communications, construction, electronics, energy, entertainment, finance, leasing, hospitality, manufacturing, medical, municipalities, pharmaceutical, real estate, restaurants, retailing, packaging, plastics, software, technology, transportation and waste disposal. For more information, visit

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