Only attorneys with a minimum of 90 points or higher are eligible to be included in a “Top 10 List”.
For that reason, a “Top 10 List” may include only 9 or 8 attorneys, rather than include the names
of attorneys who do not meet a certain minimum criteria. The questionnaires begin with broad
inquiries as to an attorney’s general legal ability, and then go into specifics, including questions as
to: the level of an attorney’s negotiating skills; the level of an attorney’s drafting skills; an attorney’s
oral advocacy skills; an attorney’s ability to develope creative solutions when faced with a new
issue; does the attorney get personally involved to the appropriate level in his/her cases; how well
does the attorney staff a case or matter; how much does the attorney add to the body of knowledge
in his/her practice area; would you retain this attorney to handle a matter for yourself or a close family
member. In addition, our staff performs a review as to an attorney’s ethical standing, those who
have been subject to disciplinary action are automatically disqualified from inclusion in one of the
“Top 10 Lists”.
immune to this conflict. If opinions regarding an individual attorney vary widely among different
reviewers, interviews may be held in order to ascertain the reasons behind any such discrepancies.
The United States Lawyer Rankings makes no bias regarding law firm size. Although lawyers
from large firms dominate the “Top 10 Lists”, those lawyers are included solely based upon the number
of points they receive, attorneys from all size law firms are eligible to be included in a “Top 10 List”.
provided the finest level of legal representation, the main purpose of the "Top 10 Lists" is to provide
guidance for those businesses and individuals seeking legal counsel, not to benefit the lawyers.
Therefore U.S. Lawyer Rankings does not distribute marketing materials, and has no contact with law
firm marketing departments.
United States Lawyer Rankings does not accept payments from lawyers, law firms, or third