The methodology used by Best Lawyers is implemented in order to obtain, as accurately as possible, the opinions of a top contending lawyer. The ability to be included in Best Lawyers is entirely dependent on peer reviews of fellow colleagues who offer a professional opinion on the abilities of a given attorney in the same location and practice area. The entire survey process is extremely transparent and sophisticated in order to obtain in depth reviews of a lawyer’s legal services.
In order to be nominated as a Best Lawyer candidate, they must be nominated by a fellow peer. It is also recommended that the attorney be in practice for at least 10 years. Any attorney that has been listed in a previous edition of Best Lawyers is automatically nominated for the peer review process. The peer review process enlists voters within the same general location and practice area as the nominated attorney. Any lawyer that is already listed in Best Lawyers in America has the eligibility to vote.
A lawyer may be nominated by an individual, including clients and fellow attorneys. A lawyer may not nominate themselves.
Ballots & Voting
The list of attorneys is gathered and a ballot is distributed to each one. The ballot’s destination depends on the geographical location and practice area of the lawyers (in order to obtain a thorough evaluation). A voter may not complete a ballot for an attorney inside of their own law firm. There are a number of questions with a rank from 1 to 5.
All of the comments, votes, and information is analyzed by the Best Lawyers editorial staff. Attorneys who have made it to this point are cross checked against state bar association lists to ensure good standing.
After the voter information has been analyzed, the qualifying lawyers are notified of their inclusion in Best Lawyers. The official list is then released to the public.