Methodology Process

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. Our belief has always been that the quality of a peer-review survey is directly related to the quality of its voting pool.

Nodes 1 through 5

  • 1. Nomination

    Lawyers can be nominated by anyone but themselves.

  • 2. Peer Review

    Current listed lawyers provide feedback on the nominee's work.

  • 3. Analysis of Feedback

    Results are calculated and feedback is reviewed.

  • 4. Eligibility Check

    Nominees are confirmed to be in good standing with their local bar associations.

  • 5. Results Released

    Firms are informed of results and the list is published.

Lawyer of the Year Ribbon
"Lawyer of the Year" recognitions are also awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific Practice Area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location.