Now in its sixth year, Best Lawyers and U.S. News and World Report have published the latest edition of their annual Best Law Firms survey.
The rankings cover 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan practice areas.
One “Law Firm of the Year” is named in each of the 74 nationally ranked practice areas.
This year 21,000 attorneys provided 700,000 law firm assessments, and 8,000 clients provided 47,000 evaluations.
The U.S. News rankings are based on four factors: client evaluations, lawyer evaluations, peer review, and information provided by law firms as part of the submission process.
To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the Best Lawyers in America, the longstanding peer review directory of US attorneys, for that particular location and specialty.
As well as online, the rankings are featured in two publications: a “Best Law Firms” legal Issue, and a “Best Law Firms” general counsel publication.
Pictured: Los Angeles, taken by Lloyd Pearson, 2010