Chambers USA 2009 attorney rankings described Smith Pachter McWhorter as a "highly respected … excellent choice" for legal representation, once again earning "significant praise from market sources for their record of success in the [construction and government contracts] sector." Chambers recognized the firm's traditional strength in litigation while noting that the firm "truly excels" in alternative dispute resolution, dispute avoidance, and mediation. Chambers sources described the firm as "specialists" who provide "personalized service, a wealth of experience and efficient, cost-effective representation." Chambers reported that the firm provides "practical business solutions" to procurement problems.
Five attorneys were identified as leaders in their areas of practice based on an extensive survey of clients and peers:
Richard F. Smith, Senior Statesman, Construction – "… is held in the highest regard for his 'high standards and skillful representation.'"
John S. Pachter, Government Contracts – "… a terrific practitioner with 'an incredible amount of experience.'"
Val S. McWhorter, Construction – "… receives glowing accolades from market commentators for his contractor-centered practice."
Brian J. Vella, Construction – "… focuses on heavy and commercial construction."
Mark E. Hanson, Construction – "… has a well-respected general practice."