Frequently Asked Questions

Voting Ballot Voting

Who votes on attorneys for inclusion in the next edition of Best Lawyers?
Lawyers listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers are eligible to vote.
Can attorneys vote on themselves?
No, attorneys are not allowed to vote on themselves. Thus, their names do not appear on their own ballots.
Can attorneys vote on lawyers from their own firm?
In the United States and Canada, a voting lawyer cannot submit votes on lawyers within the same firm. Outside of the United States and Canada, we do accept votes for lawyers within the same firm, but those evaluations carry less weight than those from outside their firm.
What does the Best Lawyers ballot ask voting attorneys?
We ask voting lawyers the same question, “If you were unable to take a case yourself, how likely would you be to refer it to this lawyer?” Our voting scale is a numbered scale as follows:
5 – Would definitely refer a case
4 – Very likely to refer a case
3 – Might refer a case
2 – Not likely to refer a case
1 – Definitely would not refer a case.
Voters are also able to add a ‘.5’ to their votes to make them more specific, if they choose to do so, and can use the notation “DK” (Don’t Know) for attorneys whose work they are unfamiliar with. Our ballots also allow for any additional comments the voter may have regarding each nominee.
Can voting attorneys add names to their ballots?
No. Ballots are built and customized based on the voter’s regional listing and practice areas. Voting attorneys do not get to add names of lawyers to their ballots.
When does Best Lawyers send out ballots?
Balloting periods vary by country. The Best Lawyers in America ballots are typically sent in early February. Please see full timelines for details.