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The 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. Starting with the United States, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for six consecutive years. Fewer than 500 partners across the entire United States have made it into the inaugural list. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.

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The firms ranked in the government contracts section represent all major government contractors, but often they also act for smaller businesses, which are supported by preferential programs. Due to an increase in abuse of such programs, determinations and investigations of small business are on the rise. Competition over contracts remains high, as procurement budgets are in decline and major procurements are limited. Advice on goods and services contracts with governmental bodies spans the whole lifecycle of a contract, from pre-award and performance to termination. More complex is representing contractors in bid protests and other disputes - which often arise from cost and contract performance issues - and False Claims Act matters, including qui tam actions. Increased monitoring and enforcement actions results in a higher demand for compliance advice. The legal market saw significant changes in 2015 and early 2016: Dentons’ takeover of McKenna Long & Aldridge in July 2015 triggered some lawyer moves, notably to Covington & Burling LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; and Blank Rome LLP has emerged as a relevant actor in the area after taking over most of Dickstein Shapiro’s lawyers, including its entire government contracts practice, in February 2016.

In the government relations area, firms continuously inform decision makers, raising the understanding of particular policies and industries. Hot topics are unmanned aerial vehicles and internet-related matters such as cyber security, bitcoin and online gambling regulation. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP remains number one in terms of lobbying revenue, with nearly $40m earned in 2015. Squire Patton Boggs is still rebuilding from its 2014 merger and the subsequent loss of its market-leading position in the government relations space due to loss of groups of lawyers to Arnold & Porter LLP, Dentons and Steptoe & Johnson LLP in 2015.

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