Our Guides

Featuring the leading lawyers in the United States and beyond.

Our Annual Guides

Lawdragon currently produces three different types of guides: The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, our annual “lawyers of the year” look at the best of the profession; an annual guide to the Most Powerful Employment Lawyers produced with Human Resource Excecutive Magazine; and our recently relaunched Lawdragon’s 100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists. We also will continue to do select “Insights Guides” that will focus on a particular practice area or industry.

Information on our guides can be found below. All inquiries can be directed to Lawdragon Editor-in-Chief John Ryan at john@lawdragon.com.

Lawdragon 500

Each year, we publish The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America – the most elite guide in the legal profession. The Lawdragon 500 guides are selected from a combination of editorial research by Lawdragon staff; submissions from law firms; and an online nomination form that allows visitors to our site to recommend and comment on their favorite lawyers. Our own editorial research is the most important factor in the selection process, but firm submissions and online nominations are both extremely helpful.

Any visitor to our site can use the online form to nominate indivdiual attorneys. Law firms can send submissions for their attorneys by email to Editor John Ryan at john@lawdragon.com or by calling 646.241.5427.

The most recent guide is the 2016 Lawdragon 500, which is featured in the 2016 Magazine. As in 2015, we also featured the “Legends of the 500” – for those who have made the guide at least 10 times – and the Lawdragon Hall of Fame of past 500 members who have made remarkable contributions to the profession

Dates for the 2017 Lawdragon 500 are as follows:

  • The submissions period opened July 18.
  • The submissions and nomination deadline was Nov. 4, 2016. Updates to submissions were allowed until Dec. 15, 2016.
  • Selections of 2017 honorees has begun with the full list posted in March 2017.
  • The Lawdragon 500 and new members to the Hall of Fame and Legends lists will be featured in the 2017 edition of Lawdragon Magazine, published in the fall.

What to send for submissions
Some firms only provide us with names to consider; other firms prefer to send supporting information for each lawyer, which typically is about a paragraph or two of accomplishments with an emphasis on recent legal matters from the past year. Supporting information is helpful.

The Lawdragon 100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists

Due to popular demand, Lawdragon has brought back its guide to the top consultants and strategists in the legal industry. The 2016 guide, published on Sept. 12, is featured in the 2016 Magazine along with profiles of select guide members. You can also view those profiles here.

This guide is based on editorial research, but we accept tips and suggestions from all readers.

The list will be posted in April 2017 and will be featured in the 2017 Magazine in the fall.

Most Powerful Employment Lawyers

Each year, Lawdragon releases The Guide to the Most Powerful Employment Lawyers, produced in partnership with Human Resource Executive (HRE) magazine. The guide is released on Lawdragon.com and in HRE’s print magazine in June. The 2016 guide was the ninth annual guide published by Lawdragon and HRE.

In addition to the 100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers, the guide features the Top 20 in Employee Benefits; the Top 20 in Traditional Labor & Employment Law; the Top 20 in Immigration; 40 Up and Comers in the field; and a Hall of Fame list.

The selections are based on Lawdragon’s editorial research as well as by submissions from firms and other visitors to Lawdragon.com.

The 2016 guide was published in June 2016 on Lawdragon.com and by HRE.

Dates for the 2017 guide are as follows:

  • The submissions period and online ballot opened Nov. 28, 2016
  • Submissions period and online ballot closed on Dec. 29, 2016
  • Release on Lawdragon.com and in HRE Magazine in June 2017

Lawdragon Insights

Lawdragon Insight Guides are the insider’s look at top outside counsel as chosen by the world’s leading in-house lawyers.

Developed by an editorial team with more than 50 years experience in legal research and reporting, we have devised a new approach to tired lawyer directories. After extensive consultation with hundreds of top corporate counsel, we identified the need for a more exclusive guide, which provides more in-depth detail on the strengths and styles of leading outside counsel.

We will produce Lawdragon Insights segmented by industry and practice with particular emphasis on areas in which there is increased interest and activity.

The first edition was Lawdragon Insights: Private Funds. Other planned titles include Cross-Border Litigation and International Dispute Resolution.

Firms may submit information for consideration to Katrina Dewey at katrina@lawdragon.com.

What we do

Lawdragon Limelights

Our popular discussion series features a varied mix of lawyers from around the nation, touching on recent achievements, career highlights, trends, tips and personal interests outside the practice.

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Lawdragon Press

From Q&As to lengthy feature pieces and “Roundtable” dialogues, Lawdragon Press works with your firm to create the content you need to strengthen your online brand and promotional efforts in print.

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Our Guides

The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers is the most elite distinction in the profession covering all practices, while our employment lawyer guides and new “Insights” series highlight attorneys in specialty areas.

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The Magazine

Lawdragon’s acclaimed print publications combine original reporting with the best photojournalism in the legal industry, presenting the “who’s who” of the law in each region as never captured before.

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Enterprise Reporting

For 10 years, Lawdragon’s award-winning reporters have provided in-depth coverage historic trials, record-setting deals, complex practice trends, human rights initiatives, international justice and much more.

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