Legends of the 500

Lawyers who have made the Lawdragon 500 at least 10 times.

Lawdragon 500: The Legends (1-10)

To commemorate Lawdragon’s 10th anniversary, we are recognizing the 50 lawyers who have made the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America list each year it has been published. The Legends are a dazzling array of law firm leaders, plaintiff icons, Supreme Court justices, corporate counsel and public interest attorneys. What we find most remarkable about this group is how representative it is of justice in America today. And, it’s important to note, it’s more of a barometer for who is on it than who’s not. Because of the rules of the Lawdragon 500, many standout lawyers who are the measure of those featured here are missing – because they were not principally engaged in the practice law for one or more of the past 10 years, are in a region or practice that cooled, or simply fell off our radar for a few years.

And a lot has happened since 2005 – to make the list then, a lawyer would have to have emerged as a star very early on (and, to stay on for those well into their prime is also a feat given how little quarter we award for seniority). When we began publishing, George Bush was president, Hurricane Katrina had not yet hit, and William Rehnquist was Chief Justice. It’s been a wild first 10 years, and we’re extraordinarily proud to feature the 50 lawyers who have been there every step of the way.


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Kevin Arquit

Simpson Thacher - New York (Photo by Hugh Williams)

One of the most accomplished antitrust lawyers ever and a model for public service and professionalism.

Max Berger

Bernstein Litowitz - New York (Photo by Greg Endries)

The renowned leader of the nation's top plaintiff securities litigation practice brought accountability for corporate greed and financial malfeasance.

Martha Bergmark

Voices for Civil Justice - Washington, D.C. (Photo by Thomas Beck)

Few attorneys in the country are as admired as her for her commitment to public interest, at the Mississippi Center for Justice and beyond.

David Boies

Boies Schiller - New York (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser)

All the accolades and praise over the years never seem to fully capture this litigation giant's talent, vision and dedication.

Brad Brian

Munger Tolles - Los Angeles (Photo by Amy Cantrell)

A creative and intimidating force in the courtroom when it comes to bet-the-company cases.

Elizabeth Cabraser

Lieff Cabraser - San Francisco (Photo by Hugh Williams)

She's amassed an incredible track record of litigation on behalf of plaintiffs seeking redress for corporate wrongdoing.

Evan Chesler

Cravath - New York (Photo by Hugh Williams)

The chairman of the nation's most elite firm is as revered a litigator as any in the country.

Richard Clary

Cravath - New York (Photo by Hugh Williams)

He has a permanent place on the short list for banks and corporations facing their most difficult cases.

Richard Climan

Weil Gotshal - Redwood Shores, Calif. (Photo by Stephen Lam)

A Silicon Valley power-player with an envious pipeline of deals and connections to corporate counsel.

Thomas Demetrio

Corboy & Demetrio - Chicago (Photo by Michelle Nolan)

The dean of the Chicago trial bar has been a zealous advocate for plaintiffs for four decades.

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