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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or by calling 646.241.5427.
The most recent guide is the 2017 Lawdragon 500, which will be featured in the 2017 Magazine. As in the past two years, we also will feature 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 (2017 inductions found here) 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.
- The 2017 Lawdragon 500 was posted on April 26, 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.
Dates for the 2018 Lawdragon 500 are as follows:
- The submissions period opens July 24.
- The submissions and nomination deadline is Nov. 3, 2017. Updates to submissions are allowed until Dec. 15, 2017.
- Selections will be announced in March 2018.
The Lawdragon 500 and new members to the Hall of Fame and Legends lists will be featured in the 2018 edition of Lawdragon Magazine, published in the fall.
The Lawdragon 100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists
Due to popular demand, in 2016 Lawdragon brought back its guide to the top consultants and strategists in the legal industry. The 2017 edition was published online in June and will be featured in the 2017 print Magazine due out in the fall, along with profiles of select guide members.
You can also view recent consultant profiles here.
This guide is based on editorial research, but we accept tips and suggestions from all readers.
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. The 2017 guide was the tenth 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 2017 guide was published in April 2017 on Lawdragon.com and comes out in print in HRE in June 2017.
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 in April 2017 and in HRE Magazine in June 2017
Dates for the 2018 guide are as follows:
- The submissions period and online ballot opens Nov. 28, 2017
- Submissions period and online ballot closes on Dec. 29, 2017
- Release on Lawdragon.com in April 2018 and in HRE Magazine in June 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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