Welcome to Benchmark Litigation – the definitive guide to the world's leading litigation law firms and lawyers.
Benchmark Litigation is the only publication on the market to focus exclusively on litigation work. Since its inception, the Benchmark brand has grown dramatically and garnered industry-wide accolades as the definitive hub for in-depth analysis of the players shaping the dynamic practice of litigation. In keeping with Benchmark’s sharp rise in popularity, its publishing staff increasingly aims to respond to the demands of its audience.
Research is conducted through extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, we examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to provide their professional opinions on peers and practitioners within their jurisdiction or practice area.
In the United States we also conduct research into specific areas of the American disputes market, specifically Benchmark California, Benchmark Labor and Empoyment, Benchmark 40 and Under Hotlist and Benchmark Top 250 Women in Litigation. More information regarding this publications can be found below.
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U.S. Research timeline
• RESEARCH BEGINS – January 2020
• RESEARCH WEBINAR - February 2020
• SUBMISSION DEADLINE – April 24
• RESEARCH INTERVIEWS (firms and client referees) – February - July
• RANKINGS AND EDITORIAL PUBLISHED – October 2020
Why take part?
How to take part
To take part in our research simply:
Individual Lawyer Survey
Our Lawyer Survey is a quick and easy way for lawyers to tell us about their practice and promote their credentials. It is a key factor in helping us determine our litigation stars list of lawyers. Lawyers can also provide feedback on our existing lists of ranked firms and individuals.
The survey is open to all disputes lawyers and you can take it by clicking the link here.
Benchmark California and Benchmark Labor and Employment
Alongside our main US coverage we also produce standalone guides looking at specific disputes practice areas and specific states.
In an effort to provide the most accurate and comprehensive coverage of the United States litigation market, we have taken a two-fold approach to our research.
The national section of our guide identifies select firms and attorneys who have displayed the ability to consistently handle complex, high-stakes cases in multiple jurisdictions. These selections are consistently recommended within the United States business and legal communities for the quality of their litigation professionals and trial work.
Additionally, we have identified individual litigators who were noted as having strength in a particular practice area – either exclusively or as a specialty component of their general practice.
Regional and local expertise is also a crucial factor in commercial litigation, and in the second section of the guide we identify the leading litigation firms and partners in each US state. Each state chapter includes:
Rankings of the top local litigation firms
We divided the firms in each local market into “highly recommended” and “recommended” categories. All listed firms were consistently mentioned by peers and clients, but the “highly recommended” firms received the most mentions, and were held as dominant in their particular jurisdiction.
Rankings of the top local litigation stars
The list of “local litigation stars” for each state reflects only those individuals who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers.
Editorials on ranked firms
We have made every effort to offer in-depth coverage of the ranked firms. In some cases, however, we were not able to provide editorial content for every ranked firm due to a lack of participation or available information.
Recommendations are based on interviews with the nation’s leading private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. These interviews were conducted between October and January. Firms cannot pay to be recommended for the guide. Instead, firms have been independently offered the opportunity to take a professional listing regardless of editorial content.
Litigation Stars and Future Stars
Alongside our firm rankings we also recognise the work of outstanding individuals. Our recommendations are based on the same three factors as our law firm rankings and consist of the following categories:
Lawyers who are highly regarded by their peers and possess a strong case record and positive client feedback.
'Ones to watch' these are lawyers who are building their reputations in the market.
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