United States Submissions

The research schedule and guidelines for The Legal 500 United States 2024 edition are now below.


Researchers details are now available.

To learn more about the team behind our research, please visit Meet The Team.

Client referees deadline: November 17

Editorial submission deadline: November 17

Firms interviews conducted: December 2023 to February 2024

Publication: June 2024

The template documents you will need to send submissions are here:

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Please ensure you send your submissions in by the deadline. The timetable for the research will be adhered to rigorously.

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Practice area definitions

Practice areas

Please find below the list of practice areas we are researching for the United States 2024.

Please note that our spotlight sub-sections (in italics) do not constitute a ranking by tier but rather highlight a list of firms with the strongest practices in the given sub-category. Firms wishing to be considered for these spotlights should highlight their specific expertise in these areas within their submission.


  • Cartel
  • Civil litigation/class action: defense
  • Civil litigation/class action: plaintiff
  • Merger control


  • Appellate: courts of appeal
  • Appellate: supreme courts (state and federal)
  • Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: Advice to corporates
  • Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: Advice to individuals
  • E-discovery
  • Financial services litigation
  • General commercial disputes
  • International arbitration
  • International litigation
  • Leading trial lawyers
  • M&A litigation: defense
  • M&A litigation: plaintiff
  • Product liability, mass tort, and class actions: auto/transport: defense
  • Product liability, mass tort, and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco): defense
  • Product liability, mass tort, and class actions: pharmaceuticals and medical devices: defense
  • Product liability, mass tort, and class actions: toxic tort: defense
  • Product liability, mass tort, and class actions: plaintiff
  • Securities litigation: defense
  • Securities litigation: plaintiff


  • Energy litigation: electric power
  • Energy litigation: oil and gas
  • Energy regulation: electric power
  • Energy regulation: oil and gas
  • Energy: renewable/alternative power
  • Energy transactions: electric power
  • Energy transactions: oil and gas


  • Environment: litigation
    • Climate change litigation
  • Environment: regulatory
  • Environment: transactional


  • Capital markets: debt offerings
  • Capital markets: equity offerings
  • Capital markets: global offerings
  • Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
  • Commercial lending: advice to borrowers
  • Commercial lending: advice to lenders
  • Financial services regulation: Banking
    • Broker-dealers
  • Financial services regulation: Consumer finance
  • Fintech
    • Crypto
  • Project finance: infrastructure and PPP
  • Project finance: energy and power
  • Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
  • Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal
  • Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
  • Structured finance: securitization


  • Government contracts
  • Government relations
    • Congressional investigations
  • State attorneys general


  • Healthcare: health insurers
  • Healthcare: life sciences
  • Healthcare: service providers


  • Cannabis
  • Education
  • Native American law
  • Sport


  • Insurance: advice to insurers
  • Insurance: advice to policyholders
  • Insurance: non-contentious


  • Copyright
  • Patents: licensing
  • Patents: litigation (full coverage)
  • Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)
  • Patents: prosecution (including re-examinations and post grant proceedings)
  • Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
  • Trademarks: litigation
  • Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management, and licensing)


  • Customs (including export controls)
  • International trade


  • Alternative/hedge funds
  • Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds
  • Private equity funds (including venture capital)


  • Employee benefits, executive compensation, and retirement plans: design
  • Employee benefits, executive compensation, and retirement plans: transactional
  • ERISA litigation
  • Immigration
  • Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
    • Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): plaintiff
  • Labor-management relations
  • Workplace and employment counseling


  • Corporate governance
    • Crisis management
  • Delaware counsel
  • M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
  • M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
  • M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
  • Private equity buyouts: large deals ($500m+)
  • Private equity buyouts: middle-market (Up to $500m)
  • Shareholder activism
  • Venture capital and emerging companies


  • Advertising and marketing: litigation
  • Advertising and marketing: transactional
  • Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
  • Media and entertainment: litigation
    • First Amendment litigation
  • Media and entertainment: transactional
  • Outsourcing
  • Technology transactions
  • Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
  • Telecoms and broadcast: transactional


  • Construction (including construction litigation)
  • Land use/zoning
  • Real estate
  • Real estate finance
  • Real estate investment trusts (REITs)


  • Financial products
  • International tax
  • Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, national trade associations, and charities)
  • US taxes: contentious
  • US taxes: non-contentious


  • Transport: aviation and air travel: finance
  • Transport: aviation and air travel: litigation and regulatory
  • Transport: rail and road: finance
  • Transport: rail and road: litigation and regulatory
  • Transport: shipping: finance
  • Transport: shipping: litigation and regulatory