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 review cutting-edge litigation, as well as trends in plaintiff financial law and review the lawyers consistently turned to for guidance in those matters. Also, winning matters as does winning big.
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 plaintiff financial to identify and vet candidates.
While the disciplines we focus on for plaintiff financial are ever evolving with the law and clever plaintiff lawyers, in 2022 they are chiefly:
Securities, corporate governance and fiduciary litigation;
Antitrust and competition litigation;
Whistleblower and Qui Tam;
Financial litigation involving complex financial instruments and related insolvency claims (this can overlap with our guide to leading global and U.S. restructuring and insolvency lawyers, who are chiefly recognized in that guide);
And a multitude of class action claims based more in financial loss than personal injury or other torts.
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 regard in which one is held by peers is noted, and jerks rarely make the cut. 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.