The Lawdragon Process

The Lawdragon selection process has been created over 35 years of researching and reporting on the legal profession and creating guides to the most effective legal professionals. Our team brings more than 100 years in the lawyer reporting and information business.

The foundation of our selection is in journalism. We research each guide extensively, studying which lawyers and law practices have had significant impact, including an emphasis on recent matters handled. We review cutting-edge litigation, as well as trends in plaintiff/claimant law and practice. Of special note are recent major claims with outcomes resulting in significant impact on the parties, whether financial, creating a change in industry or the law or meting out a tale of justice.

We accept submissions and review them alongside thousands of candidates we independently identify and consider for each guide. We also work with editorial advisors from both the plaintiff and corporate defense side who specialize in the various disciplines that comprise a plaintiff practice to identify and vet candidates.

We are particularly excited about adding the Global Plaintiff 500 to our list of acclaimed guides. Our reporting on the remarkable U.S. plaintiff bar is perhaps our most distinctive strength in the ranking and recognition world. (Please see our U.S.-focused plaintiff guides: Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers and Leading Civil Rights & Plaintiff Employment Lawyers.) 

The export of U.S. style plaintiff litigation has been front of mind for the past few years. Certainly, jurisdictions worldwide have long offered some type of pathway to compensation for those who suffered harm from a company, corporation, government or other entity. And while we are only now becoming more learned about jurisdictions outside the U.S., we are avid students.

Today, it seems, the focus on these rights and providing pathways to pursue them is becoming more robust. So, for our inaugural guide we have focused our research thus far principally on lawyers from the U.S. and the UK – with a smattering from throughout Europe and other jurisdictions that seem most active – who play on the global stage. Whether as claimants or group claimants in the UK or class action plaintiffs in the U.S., we are looking for those lawyers whose impacts cross borders. Secondly, we are looking at UK lawyers eyeing up expanded group claimant mechanisms to bring about a more level playing field for average Joes and Janes.

As we publish our first-ever Global Plaintiff 500 guide, we also seek your feedback on our focus and how to create the best guide there is to the art of impactful international plaintiff representation. And of course, please submit your nominations for the lawyers you know who are doing important plaintiff work around the globe.

The plaintiff/claimant lawyers we are researching include:

  • Securities, corporate governance and fiduciary litigation;
  • Antitrust and competition litigation;
  • Consumer fraud;
  • Data privacy;
  • Whistleblower and Qui Tam;
  • Financial litigation involving complex financial instruments and related insolvency;
  • Terrorism;
  • Global human rights;
  • Mass environmental claims (largely outside the U.S.);
  • Mass casualty events, including aviation.

To make a Lawdragon guide, a lawyer will have been in practice 10 years, with extremely rare exceptions, and in most cases significantly more. Similarly, virtually all will be partners in their law practice or hold a designation that indicates the regard of those with whom they practice. Leadership within their practice in a firm and or in relevant bar organizations is considered. The esteem in which one is held by peers is noted. We aim to include those others aspire to be and who are admired for their intellect and wisdom as well as conduct and leadership.

Lawdragon is an advocate for inclusion in the legal profession and searches extensively for female and inclusive candidates who represent diversity.

Please inquire if we can offer more guidance. We aim for the Global Plaintiff 500 to be the go-to guide to justice for the underdogs wherever they may be.

View our collection of market-leading guides here, and nomination deadlines here.

Submit your nomination for the inaugural Lawdragon 500 Global Plaintiff Lawyers here. Thank you!

Thank you for your interest in Lawdragon.