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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame IconThe Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. The criteria for entry in the United States is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for six consecutive years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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The Legal 500 United States 2018 is now online. Please use the left-hand menu to navigate through the practice areas.

The US edition of The Legal 500 is now in its 11th year and, like the other established editions of the guide, is relied upon by millions of buyers of legal services worldwide when they need to instruct outside counsel.

The basis for inclusion

Our team of experienced researchers – which includes both qualified journalists and lawyers – spend several months each year conducting in-depth research into the market. The primary source of our information is the law firms themselves, and the information they provide is often not for public consumption. This allows us to properly assess them against one another, practice area by practice area. We also gather feedback from peers and clients to assess their overall visibility and reputation. The process culminates in detailed rankings and editorial, providing buyers of legal services with an objective analysis of the US market that is updated annually.

The Legal 500 is launching a major new diversity and inclusion initiative in the United States. Much is written and talked about the lack of diversity and inclusion in the legal industry. It is a complicated issue with no immediate answers or solutions, but we want to recognise the work that is being done, and to encourage more open and honest debate about some of the pathways to better diversity and inclusion in the law. From this homepage, you will be able to read articles and opinions from a variety of commentators. You will also be able to view some of the initiatives that law firms have in place, and also view firms that have been transparent by giving you direct access to their diversity and inclusion statistics. For more information, click here.

Elite approach

We organise each practice area into a single national ranking, eschewing a state-by-state approach. Only a small number of firms in the US have a truly national presence coupled with the capability to handle sophisticated and complex work; these are the ones we choose to highlight here. This is not a game of numbers – indeed many of the firms included are small, single-office firms – but simply a question of quality.

Emphasis on teams, not individuals

With the notable exception of our leading trial lawyers list, we do not rank individual lawyers. We do highlight certain key individuals within the editorial paragraphs, but our principal aim is to provide a snapshot of the market based on our assessment of the overall strength and depth of a practice group.

If you have feedback on the Legal 500 series of any kind, please do get in touch with us at

Seth Singh Jennings
Editor, The Legal 500 United States


Current rankings and information taken from The Legal 500 United States 2018 edition.

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Pomerantz LLP

In January 2018, Pomerantz LLP, achieved a historic $2.95 billion partial class action settlement with Brazilian oil-giant, Petrobras. This stunning sum represents fifth largest class action settlement ever achieved in the U.S. It is also the largest settlement ever in a class action involving a non-US issuer and the largest class action settlement ever achieved by a foreign lead plaintiff. For more information please contact Pomerantz Partner, Jennifer Pafiti: or visit the Pomerantz website:


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