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Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers™ in France

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms, including our inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recipients.

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers™ in France
Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers

June 23, 2021 04:45 PM

Since 1981, Best Lawyers has produced the most reliable, unbiased source for legal referrals. We highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession with a list of outstanding lawyers compiled by conducting exhaustive peer review surveys. We are honored to announce the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers™ in France.

Candidates who are nominated for consideration are voted on by currently recognized lawyers working in the same practice area and located in the same geographic region. Our awards and recognitions are based purely on the feedback we receive from these top lawyers. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo a thorough verification process to ensure they are currently still in private practice. Only then can these top lawyers be recognized by Best Lawyers.

The 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in France recognizes the professional excellence of 2,656 lawyers in 75 practice areas. For the 12th Edition, Best Lawyers honored approximately 4.46%* of practicing lawyers in France.

We are pleased to celebrate 76 “Lawyer of the Year” recipients across France, with 62 lawyers awarded in Paris, 12 in Lyon, 1 in Angers and 1 in Northern France. "Lawyer of the Year" honors are awarded annually to only one lawyer per practice area in each region with extremely high overall feedback from their peers, making it an exceptional distinction.

For 2022, we are also excited to announce our first ever edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in France. For Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, all nominated candidates were eligible to vote on other nominated lawyers working in the same practice and located in the same geographic region. Then, much the same as Best Lawyers, our awards and recognitions are based on the feedback we receive from these top lawyers. Those who receive high peer reviews are verified by our trusted research and development team for accuracy of information and confirmation of private practice. These verified lawyers are then listed as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. For the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in France, we recognize 369 lawyers in 23 practice areas. Lawyers are listed in 72 firms across three metropolitan areas.

Best Lawyers in France 2022

Publication Statistics

Here are highlights from the 2022 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers in France:

  • 2,656 Lawyers Recognized
  • 559 Firms with Listed Lawyers
  • 75 Practice Area

Top Metro Areas in France by Number of Listed Lawyers:

  • Paris
  • Lyon
  • Angers
  • Marseille
  • Northern France

Top 10 Practice Areas in France by Number of Recognized Lawyers:

  • Tax Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Litigation
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Private Equity Law
  • Arbitration and Mediation

Top 10 Most Searched Practice Areas in France in 2020 on bestlawyers.com:

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Real Estate Law
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration

Law Firm of the Year

“Law Firm of the Year” awards recognize a single top firm for its work in a specific legal practice area nationwide. Awards are determined based on a handful of factors including lawyer feedback, the number of lawyers included in Best Lawyers for that firm and practice area, the number of office locations a firm has, historical analysis of the firm’s “Lawyer of the Year” awards, materials submitted by firms, and the firm’s overall scope and areas of expertise.

There are 23 firms represented with “Law Firm of the Year” awards in 25 practice areas. The 2022 "Law Firm of the Year" recipients in France are:

  • Arbitration and Mediation
    • White & Case
  • Aviation Law
    • Courrégé-Foreman
  • Banking and Finance Law
    • Gide Loyrette Nouel
  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
    • Dechert
  • Capital Markets Law
    • Gide Loyrette Nouel
  • Competition / Antitrust Law
    • Bredin Pray
  • Construction Law
    • Alerion Avocats
  • BDGS Associés
    • Corporation Law
  • Criminal Defense
    • Kiejman & Marembert
  • Environmental Law
    • DS Avocats
  • Information Technology Law
    • Féral-Schuhl Sainte-Marie
  • Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Bredin Prat
  • Insurance Law
    • Clyde & Co
  • Intellectual Property Law
    • Duclos, Thorne, Mollet-Viéville & Associés
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation
    • Veil Jourde
  • Media Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Private Equity Law
    • Goodwin
  • Project Finance and Development Practice
    • Willkie Far & Gallagher
  • Public Law
    • UGGC Avocats
  • Real Estate Law
    • De Pardieu Brocas Maffei
  • Sports Law
    • Joffe & Associés
  • Tax Law
    • Arsene Taxand


Interested in seeing Best Lawyers honorees in France? Use our Find a Lawyer tool to search by location and specialty.

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*Based on information published by The European Law Institute

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