The Lawdragon Process

The Lawdragon selection process has been created over 30 years of researching and reporting on the legal profession and creating lists and 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 accept submissions and review them alongside thousands of candidates we identify and consider for each guide. We also work with editorial advisors in each substantive area to develop the focus of the guide and identify talent.

To make a Lawdragon guide, a lawyer will have been in practice at least 10 years, with extremely rare exceptions. 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.

For the Global Litigation 500, 2nd Edition, we expanded our inaugural focus on international arbitration leaders worldwide to include the rising corps of lawyers whose work involves disentangling global disputes that cross many borders and exist in many courts, tribunals, committees and other forums. We included standouts in public international litigation; sovereign disputes specialists; and an elite cadre of investigative aces. Many of those included here are long-established experts whose passports are well-worn, a few of whom now work mostly as arbitrators. Many others are the faces of global disputes today, focused on energy, construction, finance, human rights and technology.

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

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