The Wright, Constable & Skeen Surety Law Group’s drive for excellence has secured us a place on the LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® list of U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms, as well as rankings in U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers in America®, Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys ®, and Maryland’s Super Lawyers ®, and Rising Stars ®, among other publications.

Wright, Constable & Skeen Awards & Recognitions

Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”
Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP is pleased to announce that the firm was recognized by Best Lawyers® in the 14th edition of the United States Best Law Firms® rankings. In the 2024 rankings, WCS is nationally ranked in Construction Litigation. In the Baltimore region, WCS received the highest ranking of Tier 1 in Construction Law, Family Law, Construction Litigation, Patent Litigation, and Trusts & Estates Law. The firm is also highly ranked in Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Family Law Mediation, Insurance Law and Immigration Law. See the rankings at

About Best Law Firms® and Best Lawyers®
Debuted in 2010, Best Law Firms is the most credible rankings of exceptional law firms, rooted in a rigorous, peer-to-peer, industry-driven evaluation. Achieving a tiered ranking in Best Law Firms signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Ranked firms, presented in three tiers, are recognized on a national and metro-based scale.  Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review research and accolades company in the legal profession. Best Lawyers compiles extensive recognitions by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate the work of their fellow legal professionals within their local market and specialty. Best Lawyers awards are published in leading local, regional and national publications across the globe.

Surety & Fidelity Law Attorney Awards & Recognitions

Maryland’s Super Lawyers®
Super Lawyers 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. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Lawyers are selected to a Super Lawyers list in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Maryland’s Super Lawyers® 2007 – present for Construction/Surety

2023 Maryland Super Lawyers from our Surety Teams:

  • Cynthia Rodgers-Waire – Construction Litigation
  • Michael Stover – Surety Law

Best Lawyers in America®
Since it was published in 1938, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The 2024 Best Lawyers in America® list is based on exhaustive peer review surveys in which more than 83,000 attorneys cast more than 13 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. The publication covers nearly 70 countries and 140 practice areas. Corporate Counsel magazine has referred to Best Lawyers® as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

16 WCS attorneys have been selected for inclusion in 2024 Best Lawyers in America® and 1 attorney has been named 2024 Best Lawyers in America®: Ones to Watch.

2024 Best Lawyers in America from our Surety Teams:

  • George Bachrach – Construction Law, Insurance Law
  • Cynthia Rodgers-Waire – Construction Law, Litigation-Construction
  • Michael Stover – Construction Law
  • Thomas J. Moran – Construction Law
  • Richard T. Pledger – Litigation – Construction

Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Rankings

Martindale-Hubbell began in 1868 as one man’s vision to provide businessmen with the address of “one reliable law firm…in every city in the United States.” From its start as a simple list, Martindale-Hubbell has evolved into a leading global network of over one million lawyers and a portfolio of websites and tools designed to connect lawyers and buyers of legal services. In existence for almost nearly as long – since 1896 – the more than 1 million Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ and Martindale-Hubbell® Client Review Ratings are recognized as the gold standard in attorney ratings.

Martindale-Hubbell® Client Review Ratings come from individuals who have either consulted with or hired the lawyer or law firm. Lawyers seeking to refer a client, as well as individuals researching lawyers for their own legal needs, use these ratings and reviews to identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for their legal issue.

Our Surety Team’s Martindale-Hubble Rankings:

  • Michael Stover: AV Preeminent 2023, High Ethical Standing
  • George Bachrach: AV Preeminent 2023
  • Cynthia Rodgers-Waire: AV Preeminent 2023, High Ethical Standing
  • Richard Pledger: AV Distinguished 2023

Additional Accolades:

  • George Bachrach: Martin J. Andrew Award Recipient for Lifetime Achievement in Fidelity and Surety Law from the ABA/TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, May, 2009
  • George Bachrach: The Chairman’s Award for contributions made to the Fidelity and Surety industry from The National Bond Claims Association – 2012
  • Richard Pledger: National Order of Barristers (1987 – present)
  • Cynthia Rodgers-Waire: Martindale-Hubbell’s 2014 Washington D.C. and Baltimore Top Rated Lawyer
  • Michael Stover: Martindale-Hubbell’s 2014 Washington D.C. and Baltimore Top Rated Lawyer