About Us

We believe the best lawyers know who the best lawyers are. It's our founding principle and remains unchanged, for more than 30 years.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession.

Recognition 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, our publications 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 lawyers 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 a lawyer are positive enough for recognition in Best Lawyers, that lawyer must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain in each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be recognized by Best Lawyers.

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The founders and editors of Best Lawyers are Steven Naifeh and the late Gregory White Smith, both graduates of the Harvard Law School, class of 1977. Before turning to publishing and writing, Mr. Naifeh worked as an intern in the office of Congressman Charlie Wilson, as a docent at the... Read more about the founders

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Steven Naifeh
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Gregory White Smith

Advisory Board

Meet the Board
The Best Lawyers Board of Advisors is a group of distinguished legal professionals from the world's leading law firms and many of the General Counsel from Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies.
I always encourage my attorneys to put themselves or their colleagues in for consideration for Best Lawyers. I believe Best Lawyers is a cut above the other 'lists' and other attorneys often use the Best Lawyers site for information and referrals. This past year one of the founders of the firm and our president received the coveted letter announcing that he had been named. As soon as he shared the news with me I lobbied for our firm to take advantage of the link to Best Lawyers and we did so that day. I was pleasantly amazed and seriously delighted to learn the very next day that he had had a call directly from the Best Lawyer site and better yet,  had landed a matter from that call. The client told him his attorney had a conflict and he knew he was on Best Lawyers so that is where he searched for a replacement. He chose our firm. I really can't ask for better than that.
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