Best Law Firms FAQ


What makes a law firm eligible to receive a U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” ranking?

To be eligible to participate in the “Best Law Firms” submission process, a firm must have at least one attorney who has received high enough peer-review to be listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers. Firms are eligible in the practice area(s) and metro region(s) in which they have listed lawyers. To find out more about the nomination and selection process for Best Lawyers, please click here.

Do the “Best Law Firms” rankings affect Best Lawyers traditional listings?

Best Lawyers listings will continue to be compiled according to an annual peer-review survey.

What are the “Best Law Firms” rankings based on?

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey and the Law Firm Leaders Survey and Best Lawyers peer-review.

Are there any fees associated with participation in the submission process or receiving a ranking in “Best Law Firms”?

No. There are no fees associated with submitting information or receiving a ranking.

Can I review a list of the practice areas included in the evaluation process?

For a full list of the practice areas considered for the 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings, please click here.

Where will the rankings be published?

In November 2013, the national first tier rankings will be published in a special Legal issue released by U.S. News & World Report. The national and metropolitan first tier rankings will be featured in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” General Counsel Publication. All of the rankings, in all tiers, will be published online at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

How can I receive communications regarding the submission process, announcements and opportunities available to our law firm?

Law firms may designate a contact — or multiple contacts — to receive communications related to Best Lawyers and the “Best Law Firms” initiative. If we do not have a designated contact, all communications are sent to the listed Best Lawyers at the firm. Please contact your firm’s Legal Media Specialist or write to info@bestlawyers.com to be added as a contact for your firm.

What is the timeline for the “Best Law Firms” submission process?

To view the timeline for our next edition, click here.

How may I publicize our firm’s rankings?

Please view our publicizing guidelines by clicking here. For information on licensing the “Best Law Firms” badge, advertising and other marketing opportunities, call 718-509-6095.

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