Awards Methodologies

A description of the selection process methodology for the awards referenced throughout our website is available through the links provided below.

The listing of certifications, awards, recognitions or other achievements may constitute attorney advertising regulated by one or more state bars or other bar or governmental organizations. No aspect of such listing has been approved by the Supreme Court or any other court, or any other governmental organization, of the United States or any U.S. state, or any non-U.S. government. The supreme courts of certain U.S. states do not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and a certificate, award or recognition of a specialty is not a requirement to practice law in any U.S. state.

401kWire, 100 Most Influential

ABA-Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence

ACG Minnesota, BOLD Awards

Allegheny County Bar Foundation, F.C. Grote Fund Scholarship

Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority

American Association of Bioanalysts

American Bankruptcy Institute, Medal of Excellence

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Nonprofit Lawyer Awards

American Bar Association, Law Student Client Counseling Competition

American Bar Association, Law Student NAAC Moot Court Competition

American Bar Association, Michael Franck Award

American Bar Association, National Appellate Advocacy Competition

American Bar Association, Pro Bono Publico Award

American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Best Papers

American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Committee Awards

American Bar Foundation, Fellows

American College of Bankruptcy, Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student Award

American College of Bankruptcy, Fellows

American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, Fellows

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

American College of Real Estate Lawyers

American College of Tax Counsel

American College of Trial Lawyers

American College of Trial Lawyers, National Moot Court Competition

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

American Employment Law Council (AELC)

American Institute of Architects, Henry Adams Award

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Fellows

American Jewish Committee (AJC), Judge Learned Hand Award

The American Lawyer, Industry Awards

The American Lawyer, Top 50 Innovators: E-Discovery's Trailblazers

The American Lawyer, Top Rated Lawyers

American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA), Harry T. Eidson Founders Award

American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries/Morningstar, 401(k) Leadership Award

Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Meritorious Service Award

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chicago Chapter, Executive Leader Award

Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey

Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, John J. Barry Memorial Scholarship

B Lab, B Corp Champion Awards

Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, J. Austin Norris Award

Benchmark Litigation, "Litigation Stars," "Future Stars," and "Top Litigators Under 40"

Benchmark Litigation, "Under 40 Hot List"

Best Lawyers in America
Founded in 1983 and published in 70 countries and all 50 states, “Best Lawyers in America” is a peer-review source for legal referrals with its annual compilation of leading lawyers from across the nation. Each year, Best Lawyers also designates a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area as “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers in America - Ones to Watch
These awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. Our Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recipients typically have been in practice for 5-9 years.

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom

BTI Consulting Group, Client Service A-Team

BTI Consulting Group, Client Service All-Stars

BTI Consulting Group, Law Firms Moving Upmarket in Litigation

Burton Foundation, Burton Awards for Legal Achievement (in association with the Library of Congress and American Bar Association)

CALI Excellence for the Future Awards

Century City Bar Association Awards

Chamber of St. Joseph County (South Bend), Forty Under 40

Chambers Global and Chambers USA

Chicago Bar Association, Vanguard Award

Chicago Bar Foundation, Justice John Paul Stevens Award

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Forty Under 40

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin/Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Women in Law

Chicago Federal Executive Board, Professional Federal Employee of the Year Awards

Chicago Legal Clinic, Cardinal Bernardin Award

Chicago United, “Business Leaders of Color”

China Business Law Journal's China Business Law Awards

Clinical Legal Education Association, CLEA Outstanding Student Award

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Colorado Bar Association, Award of Merit

Colorado Women's Bar Association, Raising the Bar

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellowship

Crain’s Chicago Business, “40 Under 40"

Crain's Chicago Business, Gen X Leaders - Notable Minorities in Accounting

D&R Greenway Land Trust, Donald B. Jones Conservation Award

D Magazine, Best Lawyers in Dallas

Daily Journal, Intellectual Property

Daily Journal, Top 40 Under 40

Daily Journal, Top Antitrust Attorneys

Daily Journal, Top Cyber Lawyers

Daily Journal, Top Health Care Lawyers

Daily Journal, Top Labor & Employment Attorneys

Daily Journal, Top Lawyers

Daily Journal, Top Trade Secrets Lawyers

Daily Journal, Top White Collar

Daily Journal, Top Women Lawyers

Dallas Bar Association, Presidential Citation

Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court

Denver Business Journal, Forty Under 40

Denver Business Journal, Outstanding Women in Business

Denver Business Journal, Who's Who in Agriculture

Denver Business Journal, Who's Who in Energy

Denver Business Journal, Women in Energy

Des Moines Business Record, Commercial Real Estate

Des Moines Business Record, Forty Under 40

Des Moines Business Record, Women of Influence

Diversity MBA Magazine, Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders

Education Law Center (ELC), Pro Bono Award

El Valor, Education Excellence Award

Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation (now known as Hagley Museum and Library), Fellowships

Embassy of France in the United States, Chateaubriand Fellowship

Emerald Literati Network, Awards for Excellence

The Emmett Leahy Award

EMMA, Immigration Team of the Year

Executive Women of New Jersey, Salute to the Policy Makers

Faegre Drinker Pro Bono Honor Roll
Recognizes individuals who volunteered 50 or more hours of pro bono service last year

Faegre Drinker Pro Bono Award
The Faegre Drinker Pro Bono Award recognizes individuals and teams for providing or supporting exceptional pro bono legal services. The Pro Bono Service Moment of the Year Award recognizes acts of kindness, generosity and selfless service that often happen behind-the-scenes and under-the-radar but exemplify the core value of Service to Others and fuel our pro bono program.

Federal Bar Association, District of Columbia Chapter, Justice Tom C. Clark Outstanding Federal Lawyer Award

Federal Bar Association, Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition

Federal Circuit Bar Association, Hutchinson Writing Contest

Federal Communication Bar Association (FCBA), Distinguished Service Award

Federal Computer Week, Fed 100 Award

Federal Trade Commission, Official Commendation for Distinguished Service

Finance & Commerce, Minnesota ICONs

Finance & Commerce, Top Women in Finance

Financial Advisor IQ's Best ERISA Law Firm

First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Pro Bono Roll of Honor

Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, Top Attorneys

Franchise Times, Legal Eagles

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, Forty Under 40

Global Restructuring Review (GRR) 100

Hispanic National Bar Association, Latino Lawyer of the Year

Human Resources Executive, Most Powerful Employment Attorneys

Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation, Leadership Award

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Education Award

Illinois State Bar Association, Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP), Hon. John Powers Crowley Award

Illinois State Bar Association, Mock Trial Competition

Indiana Bar Foundation, Pro Bono Publico

Indiana Lawyer, Leadership in Law

Indiana State Bar Association, Civility Award

Indiana State Bar Association, Community Service Award

Indiana State Bar Association, David Hamacher Public Service Award

Indiana State Bar Association, Outstanding Young Lawyer

Indiana State Bar Association, Women in the Law

Indianapolis Bar Association, Pro Bono

Indianapolis Business Journal, CFO of the Year

Indianapolis Business Journal, Forty Under 40

Indianapolis Business Journal, Health Care Heroes

Indianapolis Business Journal, Michael A. Carroll Award

Indianapolis Business Journal, Women of Influence

Institutional Investor, Lifetime Achievement Award

Insurance Day, “Power Behind the Throne” April 2014 Issue

Intellectual Asset Management, IAM Global Leaders

Intellectual Asset Management, IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals

Intellectual Asset Management, IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists

International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellows

International Insolvency Institute, Next Generation Leadership Program

Investment Advisor, 25 Most Influential People (ThinkAdvisor)

Irish Legal 100

IRS Commissioner’s Award and Director's Award

ISBA Law Student Division Public Service Award

JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards

Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship, established by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation

Junior Achievement, Best and Brightest

LA Business Journal, Corporate Counsel of the Year

LA Business Journal, Leaders in Law

LA Business Journal, Most Influential Women Attorneys

LA Business Journal, Women of Influence: Attorneys

LA Business Journal, Women's Summit Award

Latino Leaders, The 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers

Law Bulletin Publishing Company, "Leading Lawyers" and "Emerging Lawyers"

Law Business Research, Who's Who Legal

Law Week Colorado, Barrister's Best

Law Week Colorado, Lawyers of the Year

Law Week Colorado, Outstanding Legal Professional

Law Week Colorado, Top Litigators

Law Week Colorado, Top Women Lawyers

Law Week Colorado, Up & Coming Lawyers UK, British Legal Awards Rankings

Law360, MVPs

Law360, Practice Groups of the Year

Law360, Regional Powerhouses

Law360, Rising Stars

Law360, Capital Markets Editorial Advisory Board Rankings

Lawdragon, Leading Lawyers in America

The Lawyer Awards, Real Estate Team of the Year

Lawyers of Color, Annual "Hot List"

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Compass Award

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Top Performers

Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth, Barristers Philanthropic Award

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellows

Leadership Greater Chicago, Distinguished Fellow Award

Leadership Greater Chicago, Fellows

Leadership Philadelphia

Legal 500

Legal 500 United Kingdom

Legal Bisnow, 30 Under 30

The Legal Intelligencer, Lawyers on the Fast Track

The Legal Intelligencer, Lifetime Achievement Award

The Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania Legal Awards

The Legal Intelligencer, Top Women in Law

The Legal Intelligencer, Women in the Profession, May 2006
Women in the Profession

The Legal Intelligencer, Women of the Year

Legal Media Group, Expert Guides

Lexology, Client Choice Awards

Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), Gold Medal Awards

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellows

LMG Clean Technology & Renewable Energy Guide, Global Cleantech 100

LMG Life Sciences Stars

Lone Star Classic® (Annual Invitational Mock Trial Tournament)

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Postdoctoral Fellow, Postdoctoral Research Program

Los Angeles Business Journal, Leaders in Law Awards

Los Angeles Business Journal, Most Influential Women Attorneys

The M&A Advisor, Awards

Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars

Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP

Managing Intellectual Property, Lifetime Achievement in Intellectual Property Award

Mercer County Bar Association, Young Lawyer of the Year

Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, 40 Under 40

Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, Women in Business

Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, Business of Pride

Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, CIO of the Year

Minnesota Justice FoundationAnniversary Awards (Pro Bono)

Minnesota Lawyer, Attorneys of the Year

Minnesota Lawyer, Diversity and Inclusion

Minnesota Lawyer, In House Counsel of the Year

Minnesota Lawyer, Unsung Legal Heroes

Minnesota Lawyer, Up & Coming Attorneys

Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society

Naman Howell Smith and Lee Client Counseling Competition

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Fellows

National Association of Immigration Judges, Commendation

National Association of Plan Advisers (NAPA), Top 15 ERISA Attorneys in the U.S.

National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, Ltd. (NASPLO), The Richard M. Bouhan Legislative Advocacy Award

National Association of Women Judges, Lifetime Achievement Award

National Association of Women Lawyers, Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award

National Black Lawyers, "Top 100" and "Top 40 Under 40"

National Computer Forensic Institute

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Special Recognition Award

National Employment Law Council (NELC) Academy, Fellows

National Independent Laboratory Association

National Law Journal, Intellectual Property Trailblazers

National Law Journal, The Legal Times Awards

National LGBT Bar Association, LGBT Forty Under 40

National Security Council

The Network Journal, 40 Under Forty

New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, Governors Service Award for Arts Education

New Jersey Bar Foundation, Wallace Vail Scholarship

New Jersey Commission on Professionalism, Professional Lawyer of the Year Awards

New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Civic Leadership Award

New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Legal Awards

New Jersey Law Journal, Diverse Attorneys of the Year

New Jersey Law Journal, New Leaders of the Bar (formerly "40 Under 40")

New Jersey Law Journal, Professional Excellence Awards

New Jersey State Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division, Service to the Bar Award

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law (WILL) Platinum Award

New York Law Journal, New York Law Journal Awards

New York State Assembly, Graduate Law Scholars

NJBIZ, Best 50 Women in Business

NJBIZ,Forty Under 40

Northwest Community Healthcare, Health Care Innovation Bright Spark Award

Northwestern University/American Bar Foundation Doctoral Fellowship Program in Law and Social Science

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal

Officer of the Order of the British Empire, awarded by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II

Order of the Coif

Oy!Chicago Magazine, Double Chai in the Chi: Chicago’s Jewish 36 Under 36 List

Partners for Women and Justice, Partners In Hope Award

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Business Law Section, W. Edward Sell Business Lawyer Award releases/pr111912.asp

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Special Achievement Award

Philadelphia Bar Association, Wachovia Fidelity Award

Philadelphia Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division Scholarship

Philadelphia Business Journal, Best of the Bar

Philadelphia Business Journal, Minority Business Leaders

Philadelphia Business Journal, 25 Young Lawyers on the Rise

Philadelphia Business Journal, 40 Under 40

Philadelphia Business Journal, 25 Young Lawyers on the Rise

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fellows

The Philadelphia Tribune, Women Achieving Award

The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Fellows


PLANSPONSOR, Lifetime Achievement Award

Public Interest Law Center, Pro Bono Partner of the Month

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), Graduate Fellowship Program

Real Estate Forum and, Women of Influence

The Recorder, California Legal Awards

Reed Elsevier Awards

RIABiz, 10 Most Influential

Rockland Economic Development Corporation, Forty Under 40, Rising Star Litigators in Rockland County, New York

Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholars Program

Savoy Magazine, Most Influential Black Lawyers

Silicon Valley Business Journal, Corporate Counsel of the Year

Silicon Valley Business Journal, Women of Influence

SmartCEO Awards

Social Security Administration

South Florida Federal Executive Board, Professional Federal Employee of the Year Awards

State Bar of Wisconsin, Non-Resident Lawyers Division Founder’s Award

Super Lawyers

Texas Lawyer, Texas Legal Awards

Thomson Reuter's Regional Law Firm Brand Indexes

Trending 40, Top 40 Under 40

Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, Trial Bar Award

Turnaround Management Association (TMA) Awards

Twin Cities Business, Notable Emerging Stars in Law

Twin Cities Business, Notable Intellectual Property Attorneys

Twin Cities Business, Notable Partners in Law

Twin Cities Business, Notable Women in Law

United States Lawyer Rankings, The Nation's Top 10 Lawyers

U.S. Attorney General, John Marshall Award

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Advisory Council

U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative, Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Award (C3E Award)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary’s Meritorious Honor Award

U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General's Special Commendation Award

U.S. Department of Justice, Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney

U.S. Department of Justice, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force's National Award for Outstanding Investigation

U.S. Department of Justice, Performance Awards

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Awards for Excellence in Pro Pono and Public Interest Service

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Accredited Professional

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

USP (U.S. Pharmacopeial) Expert Committee Panel Membership

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Chairman's Awards and Director's Awards

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Summer Honors Legal Program

Variety, Legal Impact Report

Vernacular Architecture Forum, Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize

Walmart Legal Spark Award

Washington Business Journal, Women Who Mean Business

Who's Who Legal

Wisconsin Law Foundation, The Belle Case LaFollette Outstanding Professional Award

Witkin Legal Institute, Witkin Award for Academic Excellence

Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), Outstanding Mentor Award

World Trademark Review, WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals

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