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 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, we researched international arbitration leaders worldwide and settled our focus principally on New York, London and Paris with some representation of other markets. Within each market we identified a cross-section of esteemed practitioners with decades of experience as well as more junior talent already making an impact in the field. To the foundation of international arbitration, we added standouts in public international litigation as well as global litigators with a significant impact in international disputes taking place in multiple forums.

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