Frequently Asked Questions

Gears Methodology

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.

  • Argentina
  • Finland
  • Luxembourg
  • Serbia and Montenegro
  • Australia
  • France
  • Macedonia
  • Singapore
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • Slovakia
  • Bahrain
  • Greece
  • Netherlands
  • Slovenia
  • Belgium
  • Guatemala
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Brazil
  • Hungary
  • Nicaragua
  • South Korea
  • Bulgaria
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • Oman
  • Sweden
  • Chile
  • Israel
  • Panama
  • Switzerland
  • Colombia
  • Italy
  • Peru
  • Turkey
  • Costa Rica
  • Japan
  • Poland
  • Ukraine
  • Croatia/Hrvatska
  • Kenya
  • Portugal
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Cyprus
  • Kuwait
  • Qatar
  • United Kingdom
  • Czech Republic
  • Latvia
  • Romania
  • United States
  • Denmark
  • Liechtenstein
  • Russia
  • Venezuela
  • Estonia
  • Lithuania
  • Saudi Arabia
How many editions of Best Lawyers have been published?
The Best Lawyers in America list is in its twenty-second edition.

Edition Number

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Edition Year

1983

1987

1989-1990

1991-1992

1993-1994

1995-1996

1997-1998

1999-2000

2001-2002

2003-2004

2005

Edition Number

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

Edition Year

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016


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