For the 12th Edition of "Best Law Firms," Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report once again partnered to rank more than 15,000 firms in various areas of legal practice. With over 500 national tier 1 rankings and over 9,000 metropolitan tier 1 rankings, the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” publication is the premier source for top legal talent across the country.

Best Law Firms Stats 2022

"Best Law Firms" Rankings

"Best Law Firms" is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. (Read our full "Best Law Firms" methodology.)

To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must first have at least one lawyer who has been recognized in the previous edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, which recognizes 5% of lawyers practicing in the United States.

Achieving a tiered ranking in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The rankings encompass a diverse group of firms across the nation, making them a valuable research tool for the legal community as well as clients in search of legal counsel. Presented in tiers, the rankings give designations to firms in 75 major practice areas nationally and in 127 practice areas regionally. Because firms are often separated by small or insignificant differences in overall score, we use a tier system rather than ranking law firms sequentially. The first tier in each metropolitan area includes those firms that score within a certain percentage of the highest-scoring firms; the second tier, those firms that score within a certain percentage of the next highest scoring firms, and so on. Firms that received a tier designation reflect the highest level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients from the same communities and practice areas.

"Law Firm of the Year" Awards

For the 11th year, one law firm in each of the 75 practice areas has received the prestigious 2022 “Law Firm of the Year” recognition. Law firms receiving the “Law Firm of the Year” designation have an impressive overall performance in our research of a given practice area, representing a significant showing in the 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” initiative.

Explore "Best Law Firms"

Whether potential clients are representatives of Fortune 1000 companies or small business owners or individuals, we believe the “Best Law Firms” rankings provide a credible and reliable resource to assist in finding the right firm for their needs.

Our annual "Best Law Firms" publication, available online now, showcases all Tier 1 firms ranked nationally and by region and includes a wealth of discussion on industry-shaping issues penned by firms honored in our rankings.

The physical edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms", which will be distributed to more than 30,000 in-house counsels, will be available on November 19. The 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" publication can be viewed online here and a full list of rankings can be viewed in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.