Last week saw Best Lawyers release the 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, and The Best Lawyers in Canada.
With the clamor in recent years around the Best Lawyers-US News survey, it’s easy to forget that the company’s annual peer review listing has been a mainstay for almost 30 years.
The 2014 edition of Best Lawyers was based on nearly 5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers, and includes 50,834 attorneys in 134 practice areas, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Unlike some other legal directories that incorporate client feedback (including the US News survey), inclusion in Best Lawyers continues to be based entirely on peer review.
Peer review is the evaluation process by which lawyers are included on the basis of recommendations from other attorneys in private practice.
As well as the company’s own website, Best Lawyers of America lists are re-published in more than 30 regional magazines and newspapers across the US.
Outside the US and Canada, Best Lawyers lists are now published in almost 70 countries around the world.
See here for more on other developments at Best Lawyers.
(Pictured: Crater Lake, Oregon. Taken by Lloyd Pearson, 2006)