Awards Methodologies

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

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401kWire, 100 Most Influential

ABA-Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence

Albany Business Review, 40 Under 40

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, 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

American University, Washington College of Law

Arizona State University, Alumni Service 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

Baruch College, Alumni Achievement Awards

Baylor University School of Law, Annual Intrascholastic Client Counseling Competition

Baylor University School of Law, Annual Student Awards

Baylor University School of Law, Dean's List

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

Benchmark Litigation, "Under 40 Hot List"

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Heyman Scholars Program

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Jacob Burns Medal

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Moot Court Honor Society

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.”

Bob Jones University, Avro Manhattan Scholars

Boston University School of Law, D.C. Alumni Public Service Award

Boston University School of Law, Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar

Brooklyn College, Alumna and Alumnus of the Year Award

BTI Consulting Group, Client Service All-Stars

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

Carnegie Mellon University, Ludwig Schaefer Award

Case Western Reserve University School of Law School, Dean Dunmore Moot Court Competition

CALI Excellence for the Future Awards

Century City Bar Association Awards

Chambers Global and Chambers USA

Chicago Bar Association, Vanguard Award

Chicago Bar Foundation, Justice John Paul Stevens Award

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 40 Attorneys Under 40 to Watch

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

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Dean’s Honor List

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Kent Legal Scholar

Chicago Legal Clinic, Cardinal Bernardin Award

Chicago United, “Business Leaders of Color”

Clinical Legal Education Association, CLEA Outstanding Student Award

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Columbia Law School, Dean’s List

Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Columbia Law School, Legislative Drafting Research Fund

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellowship

Crain’s Chicago Business, “40 Under 40"

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

D Magazine, Best Lawyers in Dallas

Daily Journal, Top Lawyers

Dallas Bar Association, Presidential Citation

Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court

Diversity MBA Magazine, Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders

Drew University, Honorary Degree

Drexel University School of Law, Best Student Performance Awards

Drexel University School of Law, Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow

Drexel University School of Law, Dean’s Scholars Program

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

Emory University School of Law, TI:GER® Scholar (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results)

The Episcopal Academy, Distinguished Alumni Award

Executive Women of New Jersey, Salute to the Policy Makers

FBI Computer Analysis Response Team (CART), Digital Moot Court Program

FBI Director’s Awards for Excellence and Exceptional Service Awards

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

First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Pro Bono Roll of Honor

Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, Top Attorneys

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

George Washington University Law School, George Washington Scholars and Thurgood Marshall Scholars

Harvard Law School, Ames Moot Court Competition

Harvard Law School, Dean's Scholars

Harvard Law School, Heyman Fellowship for Federal Government Service

Harvard University, Dean's List

Harvard University, Harvard College Scholar

The Hill, Top Lobbyists of 2015

Hispanic National Bar Association, Latino Lawyer of the Year

Human Resources Executive, Most Powerful Employment Attorneys Powerful Employment Attorneys.jhtml

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'-assistance-program 

Illinois State Bar Association, Mock Trial Competition

Institutional Investor, Lifetime Achievement Award

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

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)

Iowa State University, Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies

Iowa State University, Eta Kappa Nu

Iowa State University, Golden Key Honor Society

Iowa State University, Mortar Board Honor Society

Iowa State University, Order of Omega Honor Society

Irish Legal 100

IRS Commissioner’s Award and Director's Award

ISBA Law Student Division Public Service Award

Johns Hopkins University, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Harold Seidman Thesis Award

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

Kingston University, London, Honorary Doctor of Laws

Latino Leaders, “The 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers”

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

Law Business Research, Who's Who Legal


Law360, Capital Markets Editorial Advisory Board Rankings

Lawdragon, Leading Lawyers in America

Lawyers of Color, Annual "Hot List"

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 Bisnow, 30 Under 30

The Legal Intelligencer, Lawyers on the Fast Track

The Legal Intelligencer, Lifetime Achievement Award

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

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

Loyola University of Chicago School of Law

Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society

Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Health Law Fellowship

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

Monmouth University, Honorary Degree

Montclair State University, Honorary Degree

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 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, 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 State Assembly, Graduate Law Scholars

New York University School of Law, American Jurisprudence Award

New York University School of Law, Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business

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, 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

Princeton University, Honorary Degree

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

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

Rutgers University School of Law, Dean's Merit Scholarships

Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, Awards

Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, Dean's Scholars and Dean's List

Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, Scholarships

Saint Louis University School of Law, Honors and Awards

Santa Clara University School of Law, Honors and Awards

Savoy Magazine, Most Influential Black Lawyers

Seton Hall Preparatory School Hall of Fame

Seton Hall University School of Law, Honorary Degree

Seton Hall University School of Law, Interscholastic Moot Court Board

Seton Hall University School of Law, Raymond del Tufo Constitutional Law Award

Seton Hall University School of Law, Scholarships

SmartCEO Awards

Social Security Administration

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

St. John's University School of Law, Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards

St. John’s University School of Law, St. Thomas More Scholarship

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

Super Lawyers

Temple University Beasley School of Law, Dean's List

Temple University Beasley School of Law, Harry R. Kozart Award for Products Liability

Temple University Beasley School of Law, Law Faculty Scholarships

Temple University Beasley School of Law, Rubin Public Interest Honor Society

Temple University Beasley School of Law, Scholarships, Prizes and Awards

Temple University Fox School of Business, Awards and Scholarships

Temple University Fox School of Business, Dean's List

Texas A&M University, Dean's List

Texas Tech University School of Law, West Texas Bankruptcy Bar Association's Frank R. Murray Award, Creditor's Rights and Bankruptcy

Texas Tech University School of Law, Scholarships

Thomas Edison State University, Honorary Degree

Trending 40, Top 40 Under 40

Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, Trial Bar Award

Trinity College, President’s Fellows

Turnaround Management Association (TMA) Awards

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

University of California, Berkeley, Dean’s Honors List

University of California, Berkeley, Order of the Golden Bear

University of California, Berkeley School of Law

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Moot Court

University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, American Jurisprudence Award

University of Chicago Law School, Ann Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award

University of Delaware, ECAC Medal of Merit Award

University of Houston Law Center, Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship

University of Illinois College of Law, Awards

University of Illinois Law Review, Rickert Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement

University of Michigan Law School, Awards

University of Notre Dame Law School, Awards

University of Notre Dame Law School, Thomas J. White Scholars

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Alumni Awards

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Barenkopf Scholarship

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Biddle Law Library, Research Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Fellowship for Social Justice in the Delaware Valley

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Pro Bono Service Awards

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rising Star Award

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Volunteers of the Year

University of Pennsylvania, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Fellowship Program

University of Pennsylvania, Penn Fellows Program

University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Honors and Prizes

University of Richmond School of Law, McNeill Law Honor Society

University of San Francisco School of Law, McAuliffe Honor Society

University of Texas at Austin, Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Virginia, Dean’s List

University of Virgina, Merit Scholarships

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

Vanderbilt Law School, K. Harlan Dodson Moot Court Staff Award

Variety, Legal Impact Report

Vernacular Architecture Forum, Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize

Villanova University School of Law

Villanova University School of Law, Dean Merit Scholarship

Villanova University School of Law, Dorothy Day Award for Pro Bono Service

Villanova University School of Law, Endowed Scholarships

Villanova University School of Law, Leonard Levin Memorial Award

Villanova University School of Law, Villanova Law Review, Steven P. Frankino Distinguished Service Award

Walmart Legal Spark Award

Who's Who Legal

Widener University, Widener Scholarship

Widener University School of Law, Trial Advocacy Honor Society

William & Mary School of Law, Dean’s Certificates

William & Mary School of Law, Graduation Awards

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

Yale University, B. Edward Bensinger III Prize

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