United States Submissions

The research schedule and guidelines for The Legal 500 United States 2021 edition are now below.

Client referees deadline: November 25

Editorial submission deadline: November 25

Firms interviews conducted: December 2020 to February 2021

Publication: June 2021

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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


Details of researchers will be published here on November 30.

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

Practice areas

Practice areas we are researching for the United States 2021 include…


  • 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
  • E-discovery
  • Financial services litigation
  • General commercial disputes
  • International arbitration
  • International litigation
  • International trade
  • 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


  • Capital markets: debt offerings
  • Capital markets: equity offerings
  • Capital markets: global offerings
  • Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
  • Commercial lending
  • Financial services regulation
  • Project finance
  • Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
  • Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal
  • Structured finance: derivatives and structured products
  • Structured finance: securitization


  • Government contracts
  • Government relations


  • Cannabis NEW
  • Education NEW
  • Energy litigation: conventional power
  • Energy litigation: oil and gas
  • Energy regulation: conventional power
  • Energy regulation: oil and gas
  • Energy: renewable/alternative power
  • Energy transactions: conventional power
  • Energy transactions: oil and gas
  • Environment: litigation
  • Environment: regulatory
  • Environment: transactional
  • Healthcare: health insurers
  • Healthcare: life sciences
  • Healthcare: service providers
  • Insurance: advice to insurers
  • Insurance: advice to policyholders
  • Insurance: non-contentious
  • Native American law NEW
  • Sport
  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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


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


  • Advertising and marketing: litigation
  • Advertising and marketing: transactional
  • Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
  • Fintech
  • Media and entertainment: 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 NEW
  • 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