Categories & Criteria

The New York Law Journal is looking to honor the best and brightest among New York’s legal community across several different categories. Those chosen will appear in a New York Law Journal special supplement and be honored at an event in Manhattan in October.

We want to hear from lawyers, law firms, litigation departments and in-house departments who have influenced their practice areas in New York and beyond. They should be innovators, developing unique practice niches, employing creative uses of technology, amassing robust books of business, showing expertise in litigation or transactional work, contributing to the improvement of their institutions, or committing themselves to pro bono, charitable and professional volunteer work. Law firms of all sizes, including solos, are encouraged to apply.

Note about submissions: No more than three attorneys per category can be nominated from any one firm or organization. References to “past year” cover the period between Jan. 1, 2019 and April 1, 2020.

THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS April 30, 2020. Awards will be announced in June.

This award recognizes the region’s most promising lawyers who are no older than 40 by the submission date. Past honorees are not eligible for an additional award. 
This award recognizes attorneys in leadership roles who achieved impressive results in the past year. Strong leaders are hard to come by, and we want to highlight lawyers who had great performances while demonstrating clear leadership skills leading to positive outcomes. Past honorees are not eligible for an additional award.

This award recognizes creative and inspiring approaches and forward-thinking firms and individuals.
Firms: This award seeks to honor law firms that push the envelope to build their businesses.
Individuals: This award seeks to honor innovative efforts by individual lawyers and legal professionals.

This award honors an attorney’s accomplishments and impact on the legal community and the practice of law over an entire career.
This “MVP” award goes to the lawyer who had the most profound effect on the law or legal community in the past year or did the most to advance the cause of justice. Three finalists will be recognized; the winner will be announced at a recognition event in October.
This contest has two distinct sections: the top department in general litigation, and the top specialty practice departments. The competition is open to any law firm with a New York presence; New York lawyers must have had a significant impact on the work being presented, though the work can extend beyond New York.
Specialty Categories: Real Estate, Finance, IP, Products Liability/Mass Torts, Labor & Employment, Insurance, Professional Liability, Class Action
This contest recognizes outstanding work performed by general counsel and in-house legal departments over the past year.