From the Editor
The Legal 500 United States 2019 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 12th 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.
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 me.
Ian Deering Editor, The Legal 500 United States
Current rankings and information taken from The Legal 500 United States 2019 edition.