A firm must have at least one attorney who is recognized in the current edition of Best Lawyers in a "Best Law Firms" ranked practice area / metro area.

Submission Process

As part of our formal submission process, submission packets are emailed to firms every January.

This includes:

  • Eligible practice / metro areas
  • Law Firm Survey
  • Instructions on how to send lists of clients and/or professional references to be surveyed
    • Clients and/or Professional References are emailed a survey addressing a firm's expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm.
    • Client and Professional Reference submissions are always kept strictly confidential and are never shared or published elsewhere.

Data is also collected from Best Lawyers ballots, which can only be completed by attorneys who are currently recognized by Best Lawyers.

Ranking by Tiers

All of the quantitative and qualitative data is then combined into an overall "Best Law Firms" score for each firm. Because firms were often separated by small or insignificant differences in overall score, we use a tiering system rather than ranking law firms sequentially.

*The number of tiers included in each practice area or metropolitan area ranking varies, and some specialties may not be ranked in metro areas in which there is not enough data to provide rankings in a particular specialty.

Award Notification

Firms are notified of their rankings via email in late July.

  • Metro Tiers 1-3
  • National Tiers 1-3
  • Law Firm of the Year

*Only one law firm can be awarded "Law Firm of the Year" in national-eligible practice areas.

Public Release

Rankings are released to the public at bestlawfirms.usnews.com in early November of each year.

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