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Frequently Asked Questions

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How does a lawyer become listed in Best Lawyers?
First an attorney must be nominated. Then their name will appear on a ballot for a specific practice area and geographical region. Pending positive evaluation, and good standing with the Bar Association, they may be included in the Best Lawyers list.

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When was Best Lawyers first published?
The Best Lawyers in America list has been published since 1983.
Who founded Best Lawyers?
Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith founded Best Lawyers in 1981. They are graduates of the Harvard Law School, class of 1977. Before turning to publishing and writing, Mr. Naifeh worked briefly at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York and Mr. Smith at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.
In what countries are Best Lawyers lists published?
Best Lawyers lists have been published in almost 70 countries around the world.
ArgentinaFinlandLuxembourgSerbia and Montenegro
BelgiumGuatemalaNew ZealandSouth Africa
BrazilHungaryNicaraguaSouth Korea
Costa RicaJapanPolandUkraine
Croatia/HrvatskaKenyaPortugalUnited Arab Emirates
CyprusKuwaitQatarUnited Kingdom
Czech RepublicLatviaRomaniaUnited States
EstoniaLithuaniaSaudi Arabia
How many editions of Best Lawyers have been published?
The Best Lawyers in America list is in its twenty-first edition.
Edition Number Edition Year Edition Number Edition Year
1 1983 12 2006
2 1987 13 2007
3 1989-1990 14 2008
4 1991-1992 15 2009
5 1993-1994 16 2010
6 1995-1996 17 2011
7 1997-1998 18 2012
8 1999-2000 19 2013
9 2001-2002 20 2014
10 2003-2004 21 2015
11 2005

Additional country lists began in 2007 and publication schedules vary based on country.