Best Lawyers:
Ones to Watch

A New Initiative

Mission

What is "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch"?
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch is a recognition awarded by Best Lawyers to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.
What is the difference between traditional Best Lawyers awards and a Ones to Watch recognition?
While both publications use our Purely Peer-ReviewTM methodology, Best Lawyers’ core mission (since our founding nearly 40 years ago) will not change.
When will the Ones to Watch rankings be released?
The inaugural edition will be released on www.bestlawyers.com on August 17, 2020. A full timeline will be announced shortly. If you do not already receive our announcement emails, please contact us at info@bestlawyers.com to be added to the distribution list.

Methodology

How does a lawyer become considered for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition?
Like our traditional Best Lawyers awards, the first step in our methodological process is for a lawyer to be nominated. Additionally, the First Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch will only encompass lawyers practicing in the U.S.
When will nominations open?
Nomination submissions are currently open and will remain open through the end of 2019. A full timeline will be released shortly.
Who should be nominated?
We recommend that nominees are lawyers who have been in practice for 5-10 years or are re-entering private practice after an extended sabbatical. Best Lawyers does not accept nominations for in-house lawyers.
Can a lawyer be nominated for both Best Lawyers and for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch?
No, a lawyer can only be nominated for (and potentially recognized in) either award category, but not both.
Who will vote on the nominees for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch?
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch is a peer-review voting process, just like the traditional Best Lawyers publication. Thus, the candidates who fall into the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch category will vote on peer nominees for the First Edition.
Can lawyers vote on themselves?
No, lawyers will not be allowed to vote on themselves.
Does a lawyer have to receive a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition before being recognized in Best Lawyers?
No, a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition is not a prerequisite for being recognized by Best Lawyers. Additionally, inclusion on Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch does not guarantee a lawyer will be automatically recognized in the traditional Best Lawyers publication after a certain period of time.
Can a current Best Lawyers nominee be converted to a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch nominee?
Yes! Please contact us at info@bestlawyers.com to assist with changing any categories for nominations already submitted where the candidate is a better fit for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Coverage & Exposure

Where will the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch awards appear?
Recognized lawyers will be announced online at www.bestlawyers.com. Additional opportunities for promoting to targeted audiences will be announced shortly.
What practice areas will the first edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch cover?
Nominations are open in 77 practice areas. To request a practice area be considered for the next edition, please contact us at info@bestlawyers.com.
What regions will the inaugural edition cover?
Lawyers licensed and practicing in the U.S. are eligible for consideration.
What other marketing opportunities will be available to lawyers recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch?
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch logos, profiles, and commemorative items will be available to lawyers included in this recognition category. All products will clearly distinguish between "Best Lawyers" and "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch."

FAQs

This is all great, but I still have a few more questions, what should I do?
Contact us via email (info@bestlawyers.com) or phone (803.648.0300) and we will be happy to discuss any questions you may have!
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