Update: Voting in the U.S. is closed as of May 4, 2021. Thank you for participating in the 2022 voting cycle. Submit nominations now for the 2023 Edition, and check out our methodology page for a complete overview of the process.

As the Best Lawyer's voting season is currently in session for the United States through May 14, America's elite legal professionals are invited to vet and honor their peers for inclusion in our 40-year-old esteemed peer-review recognition. The invitation to cast votes is exclusively offered to lawyers recognized in the previous edition and presents an opportunity to recognize attorneys who stood out among their peers in a year filled with enormous obstacles and uncertainty.

The Best Lawyers research team reports that 2020 presented an extraordinary amount of change in the legal industry including a record number of employment shifts and movement among firms and locales—no doubt caused by the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our goal has always been to curate a list that continues to reflect as accurately as possible current assessments of the best talent in the legal profession from a credible and reliable group of voters—lawyers already listed in Best Lawyers,” says Elizabeth Petit, Best Lawyers’ Director of Research and Development. “Participation is already high, but given all of the movement in the legal industry over the past year, we are hoping for record feedback from our voters to help ensure that we highlight the current best in legal talent.”

Voting for the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© matters more now than ever before to capture the outstanding and commendable work of the top lawyers during the most challenging years in recent history.

Who Votes for Best Lawyers?

Beginning in February, we invite attorneys awarded by Best Lawyers from the previous year to offer their weigh-in on who deserves recognition in the upcoming edition. Lawyers cannot vote for themselves, and every lawyer (voter included) is re-evaluated for inclusion in the upcoming release.

How Does Voting Work?

Using an algorithm, our platform curates a selection of both nominated and recognized lawyers who practice in the same specialty and locale as the voter. Ballots are uniquely created for each voter based on a series of internal data points.

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?”

How to Access Your Ballot

Are you currently recognized by Best Lawyers and want to make an impact on the industry? Now’s the time to offer your expertise that will shape the reputation of firms and lawyers nationwide. You can access the Best Lawyers ballot by logging into our website, requesting a ballot by email or calling us directly.

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