Your statement is simply not true. The order of the redirects doesn't matter and in my experience having 2>&1 at the end of the line is much more common. A simple test on the command line with a perl script that issues a warn as well as a print statement will demonstrate this.
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Re^3: capturing stderr of echo piped to a file
by Crackers2 (Parson) on Oct 29, 2014 at 19:17 UTC