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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. In 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. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.

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Following the inauguration of President Trump, government contracting is a thriving area of activity, particularly within the healthcare, defense, energy and technology areas. Defense and technology spending has seen a sizeable increase, with a notable focus on tackling cybersecurity matters in the case of the latter. Bid protests remain a key area of work for several firms due to the fiercely competitive nature of the contracting environment, and the number of disputes pertaining to False Claims Act matters, including qui tam actions, continues to increase. Corporate transactional work was another thriving area.

In the government relations arena, the change of administration has meant that more practices are keen to develop their bipartisan aspects, since former senior government officials can make up key components of firms’ practices and provide smooth access to policymakers. Areas facing new regulations, such as the internet, and issues under review, such as tax reform, healthcare and energy, are subject to intense lobbying. Advocacy work remains prominent as firms seek to maintain a continual dialogue with decision makers to increase awareness and raise the concerns of particular industries and/or interests, particularly in sectors where there is growing uncertainty around whether legislative changes will be implemented.

The rankings are more focused on the national and international - rather than state and local - level, so lawyers mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise noted.

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