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The American Lawyer Industry Awards

Who Should Apply: Nominees can come from all corners of the legal profession, whether it be a law firm, in-house legal department, government, public interest, education, alternative legal service providers, etc. They should be nearing the end of their career.

Award Description: The distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award will honor those professionals who have left an indelible mark on the legal profession through their substantive area of work as well as a strong public service component, whether that be through government work, diversity and inclusion efforts or some other form of public service. This is an elite award and the bar is set high. We will honor no more than seven individuals. The honorees will be profiled in The American Lawyer

Deadline: June 2, 2020

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Who Should Apply: A current or former law firm managing partner, chair or other firmwide leader nearing the end of their career.

Award Description: This award is given to someone who has transformed their firm and whose leadership will leave its mark well beyond their tenure. The honoree will be profiled in The American Lawyer

Deadline: June 2, 2020

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Who Should Apply: Any Am Law 200/Global 100 firm

Award Description: This prestigious award goes to a law firm that has had an exceptional year across its service offerings, netting big wins but also showing a commitment to and progress in an area not solely related to their practice, such as pro bono, diversity or innovation in how legal services are delivered. This award covers the time frame from January 2019 through the date of submission. The winning firm will be profiled in The American Lawyer

Deadline: June 15, 2020

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Who Should Apply: Any attorney from any part of the legal industry, whether it be law firm, in-house legal department, public interest, government, education or elsewhere, that has made a profound impact in the profession or community. Tenure in the profession is irrelevant to this award.

Award Description: This award goes beyond success in their practice, but rather honors a lawyer who has perhaps changed an area of law, reshaped their institution or an industry, accomplished something of great public service or otherwise made a lasting impact within the time frame for this award, which is January 2019 through the submission deadline. The honorees will be profiled in The American Lawyer

Deadline: June 2, 2020

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Who Should Apply: Any Am Law 200/Global 100 law firm

Award Description: This award is given to a law firm that has made significant strides in the last two years to innovate how it delivers legal services. This could be through an impactful individual program run through a certain practice area or firmwide, to a full revamping of the firm’s processes. This award will honor a law firm that has changed the way it does business to better deliver value to the client.

Deadline: June 2, 2020

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Who Should Apply: Any Am Law 200/Global 100 law firm

Award Description: This award, which is different from our Legal Services Innovation award, is focused on the implementation of technology within a law firm to either improve the delivery of legal services, improve efficiency in internal or client-facing operations, improve work-life balance, etc. The technology can be public facing or only used within the law firm.

Deadline: June 2, 2020

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Who Should Apply: Any provider of legal services outside of the traditional law firm model.

Award Description: This award will honor a player in the alternative legal services space that has made a significant impact since Jan. 1, 2019, on how legal services were delivered.

Deadline: June 2, 2020

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Who Should Apply: Any Am Law 200/Global 100 firm or legal department (likely in conjunction)

Award Description: This award honors a relationship and arrangement between a law firm and client that exemplifies a true partnership that drives value for both sides. Examples may be related to fee arrangements, secondments, training, or the many other ways the pair may have creatively structured their working arrangement.

Deadline: June 2, 2020

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Who Should Apply: Any combination of providers who worked on behalf of the same client on the same matter(s). This could be multiple law firms, law firms and law companies, etc.

Award Description: This award honors the type of collaboration clients are seeking to most effectively and efficiently handle their matter(s). The winning entry will showcase how the providers came to work together on a matter and how they best brought forward their particular capabilities to jointly solve the client’s problem.

Deadline: June 2, 2020

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Who Should Apply: Am Law 200/Global 100 Firms Only

Award Description: The role of the business professional within a law firm is growing in number and importance. This award honors those teams that have been allowed to, and have had, an identifiable impact on their organization, from how it is run to the client work they have brought in and anything in between. It covers their work from January 2018 through the present.

Deadline: June 2, 2020

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Who Should Apply: Any lawyer or staff professional within an Am Law 200/Global 100 firm.

Award Description: This award will honor someone who has dedicated a significant portion of their time and energy to mentoring younger professionals. This could be demonstrated through the lawyer or professional’s deep commitment to an individual or through mentoring a litany of younger professionals over their career.

Deadline: June 2, 2020

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Who Should Apply: Any lawyer or staff professional working in an in-house legal department.

Award Description: This award will honor someone who has dedicated a significant portion of their time and energy to mentoring younger professionals. This could be demonstrated through the lawyer or professional’s deep commitment to an individual or through mentoring a litany of younger professionals over their career.

Deadline: June 2, 2020

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Who Should Apply: Any lawyer under 40 at a law firm, client or law company

Award Description: This award honors a young lawyer who has made an impact on their organization, the profession, clients or beyond through their work, service to the law firm, service to the industry or service to the community. The honoree will be profiled in The American Lawyer

Deadline: June 2, 2020

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Who Should Apply: Any litigator

Award Description: This award honors a litigator who had an exceptional run of results for their client over the contest period. The honorees will be profiled in The American Lawyer.

Deadline: June 2, 2020

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Am Law 200/Global 100 law firms can apply for our regional Litigation Department of the Year Awards for work performed by lawyers in the following jurisdictions: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Connecticut. These awards recognize the best litigation department in each jurisdiction, but the work can be done outside the jurisdiction as long as lawyers from the jurisdiction were substantially involved. Their roles should be explained in the submission. 

There is one survey for all 7 regions. Please submit a separate survey for each region your firm enters.

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020

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This award is for national boutique/specialty firms focused on litigation, including IP litigation. This award recognizes the best boutique firm litigation department for work handled from August 1, 2018 through the contest submission period of May 30, 2020.

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020

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Deadline: September 2

Essay:
Write an essay of no more than 750 words to describe the corporate department and why it is a go-to for clients and worthy of this award. Explain the types of deals, industries and clients you represent, how you overcome complex matters, what specialty areas you have within your department, any creative ways you staff or bill matters, and just generally ways your department is able to have the biggest impact on the deal scene, whether it be through novel approaches to getting things done, regulatory or other hurdles overcome, an expertise or geographic footprint that serves clients well, the formation of new legal concepts around dealmaking, etc. Deals can include M&A, private equity, financing, corporate governance, tax and out-of-court bankruptcy/restructuring work. 

Stats:
  • How many lawyers are in your corporate department:
  • How many other timekeepers are in your corporate department:
  • What percentage of total firm attorney headcount do the corporate lawyers comprise:
  • What percentage of firm revenue is derived from your corporate department:
  • How many deals did you complete between Jan. 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
  • How many announced deals did you represent the principle?
  • What was the total value of those deals during that time frame?


Technology: 
What technology tools do you use, if any, to aid in deal work?

Matters:
Describe up to 7 deals the department closed in the submission time period of Jan. 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Up to two of the deals can be announced deals that have not closed yet but for which substantial work was done in the submission time period. All other deals should have closed in the submission time period. For each deal, please name the client, type of deal, role your firm played and any other firms that represented your client, the deal value, the date it was announced, the date it closed and the lead lawyer(s) involved. The brief description of each deal outside of those details should be no more than 300 words and should describe why the deal was novel or unique, what challenges the deal team overcame, why the result was so impressive or important to the client or industry and/or why your firm’s team was the one to get this deal done. Deals have to have been closed within the submission period. Work done by laterals at their previous firm should not be included. Please mark clearly any piece of an entry that needs to be kept confidential. Submissions that are heavily marked as confidential will be difficult to write about, and therefore difficult to award, so please bear that in mind.

Client References:
Please list 2 client references who can comment on specific deals in this submission period or the firm’s corporate department in general. Please include their name, company, position and contact info.

Client Relationships:
Describe two client relationships where the firm has been go-to deal counsel for a period of time at least as long as the submission period, but can extend well beyond it. Describe each relationship in 200 words or less, explaining how the firm has become a valued outside provider, how it works with the client, and any significant matters it has handled.

Corporate Lawyer of the Year (Optional):
You may enter a 500-word essay to nominate one attorney from your corporate department who had an exceptionally strong practice during the submission period. Unlike our Dealmakers honors written up in our April issue which focus on a single matter, this is for a lawyer who has been heavily involved in several important matters or through crucial client counseling during the submission period. 

Regardless of whether a firm submits for the general category, firms can submit for up to two of the specialty category awards. 

The specialty categories this year are:
  • Best Corporate Practice -- Health Care
  • Best Corporate Practice -- Tech/Telecom
  • Best Corporate Practice -- Energy
  • Best Corporate Practice -- Pharmaceuticals/Life Sciences
     
For these categories, please include:
  • 500-word essay on why your department is exceptional at representing clients in the corresponding industry, including the types of matters handled, the creativity shown in your work, any unique ways matters are staffed or billed, technology that is used, etc.

  • Up to 6 examples of deals handled during the submission period (Jan. 1, 2019 to June, 30, 2020) for the corresponding industry. Up to two of these deals can yet to be closed. The rest should have closed in the submission period. Name the client the firm represented, the uniqueness/import of the deal for the client or broader industry, the lead lawyers on the matter, the deal value, the date announced/closed. Please keep each matter’s description to no more than 300 words.

  • Two client references to speak about either one of the deals listed or just the practice’s work in general.

Corporate Counsel Best Legal Departments

There is one survey for all 9 subcategories. You only need to fill out the survey for the category or categories in which you are submitting a nomination.
 

Nine Subcategories:

1. U.S. Legal Dept. of the Year (for U.S. companies)

Who Should Apply: Legal department leader/GC, in-house attorney or in-house staff member Award Description: This prestigious award goes to the legal department that surmounted extreme challenges the past year, was innovative in its thinking and achieved measurable successes in 2019.

Deadline: June 15, 2020

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Winner Announced: September
 

2. Compliance Dept. of the Year (in-house compliance departments)

Who Should Apply: Legal department leader/GC, in-house attorney or in-house staff member Award Description: An award recognizing an in-house team that has developed or implemented creative innovative compliance plans to achieve success.

Deadline: June 15, 2020

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Winner Announced: September
 

3. Startup Solo GC of the Year

Who Should Apply: General Counsel of a startup company

Award Description: An award recognizing the challenges a startup GC has and acknowledges the achievement of successfully overcoming those obstacles by innovation and determination.

Deadline: June 15, 2020

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Winner Announced: September
 

4. Best Use of Technology

Who Should Apply: General Counsel or in-house counsel teams

Award Description: This award recognizes the legal department that showed innovative uses of technology to solve issues and enhance productivity.

Deadline: June 15, 2020

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Winner Announced: September
 

5. General Counsel of the Year

Who Should Apply: General Counsel

Award Description: This award is focused on the significant positive impact a GC has had on their business and broader industry.

Deadline: June 15, 2020

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Finalists Announced: September

Winner Announced: At the awards dinner in December 2020


6. Best Deputy or Associate GC

Who Should Apply: Associate or Deputy General Counsel

Award Description: As the role of the GC shifts more to business strategist, this award is to recognize the work of an Associate or Deputy GC in helping a GC with their new responsibilities.

Deadline: June 15, 2020

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Finalists Announced: September

Winner Announced: At the awards dinner in December 2020

 


7. Champion of Diversity Award

Who Should Apply: General Counsel

Award Description: This award is focused on the work a GC has done to move the needle for women and people of color in the legal industry.

Deadline: June 15, 2020

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Finalists Announced: September

Winner Announced: At the awards dinner in December 2020

 


8. Best Legal Ops Team

Who Should Apply: Legal Ops professionals

Award Description: This award is focused on legal ops teams that through their efforts have had a significant impact in helping to create a more effective and efficient department.

Deadline: June 15, 2020

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Finalists Announced: September

Winner Announced: At the awards dinner in December 2020

 


9. Outstanding Community Service Award

Who Should Apply: General Counsel and team

Award Description: This award is focused on the work by a GC or legal department team outside of their day job that truly has an impact in their community.

Deadline: June 15, 2020

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Finalists Announced: September

Winner Announced: At the awards dinner in December 2020