Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

Our lists of outstanding attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on our lists.

Timeline Pole with 2015 through 2016 and 2016 through 2017.
  • 1983
    First Edition of
    The Best Lawyers
    in America
  • 2006
    First Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada and The United Kingdom published
  • 2008
    Best Lawyers expands international coverage
  • 2010
    First Edition of "Best Law Firms" published
  • August 2016
    Edition of The
    Best Lawyers
    in America

Best Lawyers peer-reviewed listings are now published in almost 70 countries around the world, and our presence has grown substantially in the international legal community. The 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2017) includes 54,905 attorneys in 140 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 7.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

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Because of Best Lawyers known credibility, our lists reach a Book Reading Icon broader and more important audience than any other legal publication. More than 17 million readers see Best Lawyers lists in dozens of city and regional publications in the U.S. including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune, as well as in major business and general publications around the world, from Les Echos in France, to the Australian Financial Review, Business Day in South Africa, Expansion in Spain, and the Handelsblatt in Germany.

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