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Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers

With the current glut of publications purporting to rank the best lawyers, it would be interesting for someone with lots of time on his hands to cross-reference them all and see who makes which lists. I do not have lots of time on my hands, so I will simply point out that there is yet another ranking to contend with: the third-annual Lawdragon 500, naming the 500 leading lawyers in America (as well as the 2,500 finalists).

Lawdragon's list includes private-practice lawyers as well as in-house counsel, law professors, judges and neutrals, government attorneys and public-interest lawyers. Among the latter, for example, are Martha Bergmark of the Mississippi Center for Justice, David G. Hawkins of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama. In-house lawyers who made the list include Microsoft's Brad Smith, Gloria Santona of McDonald's Corp. and Merck's Bruce Kuhlik. Even some smaller-firm lawyers show up, mainly from the ranks of the PI bar, such as Boston's Neil Sugarman.

Lawdragon claims to have democratized its selection methodology. In addition to interviewing "thousands of lawyers," Lawdragon collects votes through an online ballot, "allowing lawyers who might be overlooked through traditional surveying techniques to be identified." Still, I suspect the enterprising cross-referencer would find many of the usual suspects, rounded up with the help of ambitious marketing staffs.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 24, 2007 at 04:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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