Best Lawyers has officially announced the launch of its new lawyer directory that will initially feature tens of thousands of lawyers in private practice, but will eventually expand to cover all 1.3 million lawyers in the country.
Inclusion in the new lawyer directory is solely based on whether an attorney is currently working in private practice.
Essentially every US lawyer will be able to list themselves free of charge, while some will opt for enhanced paid-for profiles.
Firms that have already purchased profiles packages with Best Lawyers will automatically receive, at no additional cost, expanded lawyer profiles on the new site for all of the lawyers in their firms.
Best Lawyers, which is undertaking the bold venture in tandem with U.S. News & World Report, first revealed the project in October 2017.
The new directory will act as the third key product in the Best Lawyers stable, joining the traditional Best Lawyers peer review rankings, and the Best Lawyers/US News “best law firms” survey, which has been running since 2010.
However, a lawyer does not need to be ranked by US News or Best Lawyers to appear on the new lawyer directory site.
As I said in a former post, I see this ambitious move by Best Lawyers as a return to the tradition of the universal listing directory, originally pioneered by Martindale Hubbell, but which has faded in recent years in favor of more specialized directories.
Earlier this month Best Lawyers was acquired by a private equity firm, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.
For more on the new lawyer directory, and on the recent changes at Best Lawyers, read these two interviews with Best Lawyers chief executive Phil Greer: