Our 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 new Insight Guides to outside counsel that focus on a particular practice area or industry.

On Dec. 31, 2014, we began announcing the honorees of the 2014-2015 Lawdragon 500, a process that will continue throughout Winter and Spring of 2015. 

More information about each guide is found below. You can also view the Media Kit in PDF format or the Editorial Calendar


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.

Dates for the 2014-2015 Lawdragon 500 are as follows:

  Submissions period and online form opened June 16, 2014.

  Submissions and voting deadline closed *OCTOBER 3, 2014*  Please note extension from original deadline of Sept. 3, 2014. Updates to submissions allowed until Dec. 20, 2014.

  Announcements of Lawdragon 500 members began Dec. 31, 2014.

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.


Each year, Lawdragon releases The Guide to World-Class 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 2015 guide will be the eighth 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.

Dates for the guide are as follows:

Guide to World-Class Employment Lawyers 2015:

  • Submissions period and online ballot opened on Dec. 1, 2014
  • Submissions period and online ballot closed on Dec. 30, 2014
  • Release on Lawdragon.com and in HRE Magazine in June 2015



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 Lawdragon Insights segmented by industry and practice with particular emphasis on areas in which there is increased interest and activity. General counsel have told us that they have plenty of information on existing significant practice leaders, but what they would find of great value is information on such lawyers in emerging practices and jurisdictions. As well, we will pay special attention to younger lawyers, including senior associates to help you uncover the next generation of world-class lawyers.

Our methodology will be the anchor of each guide. Each will be vetted with clients at the top of the relevant practice area to report on trends as well as objective metrics on leading firms. Each guide will be published online at Lawdragon.com and in print form, distributed to in-house counsel and by subscription. The Insights will offer interviews with leading in-house counsel, as well as Firm Reports analyzing the strengths of individual practices and lawyers.

The first edition, Lawdragon Insights: Private Funds," was published in Spring 2014. Other upcoming titles include Cross-Border Litigation and International Dispute Resolution.

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