About Us

We believe the best lawyers know who the best lawyers are. It's our founding principle and remains unchanged, for four decades.

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 four 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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  • 76

    countries around the world

  • 132,040


  • 13m +

    evaluations of lawyers by their peers

  • 147

    practice areas


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.
We indeed refer to Best Lawyers very often in these days. In the era of global economy, where emerging markets have more and more importance, it is critical to have a sense of who appears to be good in a given field of a given jurisdiction. For this purpose, we find the information given by Best Lawyers more and more important.
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Kenji Ohno

General Manager of the Legal Department