All submissions must be received by June 24, 2022
 

It’s time again for the New Jersey Law Journal’s Professional Excellence project, where we set out to recognize great lawyers and lawyering. 

For our Litigation Departments of the Year honors, we are once again targeting midsize and smaller firms in New Jersey (those with up to 200 lawyers total, firmwide).

Our other honors are open to firms of any size: Attorney of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Mentors, Unsung Heros, Dealmakers, Innovators and New Leaders of the Bar. 

Please note that for all Individual Attorneys, we are requiring that attorneys submit a Certificate of Good Standing, Certification of Court of Last Resort or alternative letter (see here for more information). You can upload a copy in the awards portal. If you do not have a copy of this letter upon submission, you need to certify that one will be sent if the nominee is selected. 

And of course, we have a special category, to recognize the work that New Jersey’s talented in-house attorneys do. Our refocused awards, In-House Impact, seek to recognize individual in-house attorneys at all levels, up to and including General Counsel, as well as groups, up to and including full legal departments.

We want to hear from you. Send us submissions in the following categories, and please read and follow all pertinent instructions carefully.

Eligibility
This award will go to the firm that has the best and most meritorious submissions across multiple categories. The purpose of the award is to recognize the NJ firm that has demonstrated a broad spectrum of achievements in the past year and talent depth.

To Enter
In order to be considered, firms must enter submissions across multiple categories. At a minimum, firms must submit in the following categories:

  • New Leaders of the Bar
  • Lifetime and/or Mentors
  • Litigation and/or Dealmakers.

There is also a Q&A portion of a few short responses that will be published if the nominee is selected. Please register and log into the awards portal to view these questions.

Eligibility
Attorneys yet to reach the age of 40 who bring both notable achievements and outstanding potential to the table. Nominees can be from law firms, corporate legal departments, or other types of organizations. 

Judging Criteria
Achievements as a practitioner, businessperson, organization leader and member of the legal community in New Jersey all are considered. Nominees are judged on a scoring system of 1-5 for their: 

  • Development of the Law
  • Advocacy/ Community Contributions
  • Service to the Bar
  • Peer/Public Recognition


Online Submission Form
Nominee First Name
Nominee Last Name
Nominee Job Title
Nominee Email
Firm/Organization Name
City
Firm/Organization Contact Name
Firm/Organization Contact Email
Firm/Organization Headquarters

To Enter
Please register and log into the awards portal to view all nomination questions.

Eligibility
Recognizing a single attorney who has left a mark on the profession through consistent excellence in his or her career by moving the law forward, achieving significant litigation results, or otherwise making an impact. 

To Enter
Please register and log into the awards portal to view all nomination questions.

Online Submission Form
Nominee First Name
Nominee Last Name
Nominee Job Title
Nominee Email
Firm/Organization Name
City
Firm/Organization Contact Name
Firm/Organization Contact Email
Firm/Organization Headquarters

Essay
Please submit a brief letter/essay of up to 500 words on why this nominee should win in this category.

There is also a Q&A portion of a few short responses that will be published if the nominee is selected. Please register and log into the awards portal to view these questions.

Eligibility
The name speaks for itself, but the ideal candidate will have made his or her mark on the profession, and in the law, with an achievement in the past year that goes beyond service to the client. Attorney must be a practicing lawyer in New Jersey.

To Enter
Send a brief letter (up to 500 words) introducing the candidate, and explaining why he or she made the greatest impact of all during the year. Please register and log into the awards portal to view all nomination questions.

Online Submission Form
Nominee First Name
Nominee Last Name
Nominee Job Title
Nominee Email
Firm/Organization Name
City
Firm/Organization Contact Name
Firm/Organization Contact Email
Firm/Organization Headquarters

Essay
Please submit a brief letter/essay of up to 500 words on why this nominee should win in this category. Please register and log into the awards portal to view all nomination questions.

Eligibility
While New Jersey boasts excellent litigators, it is also home to talented and hardworking transactional lawyers. Attorney must be a practicing attorney in New Jersey.

To Enter
Send a letter (up to 500 words) nominating a practitioner or group in corporate, M&A, real estate, bankruptcy or another transactional practice explaining how that practitioner or group achieved excellence in 2021. Please register and log into the awards portal to view all nomination questions.

Online Submission Form
Nominee First Name
Nominee Last Name
Nominee Job Title
Nominee Email
Firm/Organization Name
City
Firm/Organization Contact Name
Firm/Organization Contact Email
Firm/Organization Headquarters

Essay
Please submit a brief letter/essay of up to 500 words on why this nominee should win in this category.

There is also a Q&A portion of a few short responses that will be published if the nominee is selected. Please register and log into the awards portal to view these questions.

Eligibility/Description
It takes talent and determination to become an excellent practitioner, but teaching others is a talent unto itself. Good mentors can take those around them to the next level, whether through formal mentorship programs or simply serving as good leaders and guides.

To Enter
In a brief letter of up to 500 words, tell us about someone at your firm or organization who takes the time and effort to be a true mentor, and why he or she excels at it. Please register and log into the awards portal to view all nomination questions.

Online Submission Form
Nominee First Name
Nominee Last Name
Nominee Job Title
Nominee Email
Firm/Organization Name
City
Firm/Organization Contact Name
Firm/Organization Contact Email
Firm/Organization Headquarters

Essay
Please submit a brief letter/essay of up to 500 words on why this nominee should win in this category.

There is also a Q&A portion of a few short responses that will be published if the nominee is selected. Please register and log into the awards portal to view these questions.

Eligibility/Description
Whether it’s drafting an important brief or contract, working with experts or other witnesses, arguing a case that went unreported, or being a strong business generator or firm leader, much of the excellent work done each day in New Jersey is a credit to those working long hours behind the scenes. Nominate an individual practitioner who is indispensable to the efforts of the firm or organization by sending a nomination letter up to 500 words. Please register and log into the awards portal to view all nomination questions.

Online Submission Form
Nominee Last Name
Nominee Job Title
Nominee Email
Firm/Organization Name
City
Firm/Organization Contact Name
Firm/Organization Contact Email
Firm/Organization Headquarters

Essay
Please submit a brief letter/essay of up to 500 words on why this nominee should win in this category.

There is also a Q&A portion of a few short responses that will be published if the nominee is selected. Please register and log into the awards portal to view these questions.

Description
Awards will go out to both solo practitioners/small firms and larger firms/corporate in-house legal departments that have made strides in innovation. This can include technology and communications, business or cultural innovations, including such improvements as renovations, remodels and consolidations. We are looking for people or firms that are tackling legal and/or business of law issues creatively, be that through technology, networking, design, communications or other areas. 

Online Submission Form
Nominee First Name
Nominee Last Name
Nominee Job Title
Nominee Email
Firm/Organization Name
City
Firm/Organization Contact Name
Firm/Organization Contact Email
Firm/Organization Headquarters

Essay
Please submit a brief letter/essay of up to 500 words on why this nominee should win in this category.

There is also a Q&A portion of a few short responses that will be published if the nominee is selected. Please register and log into the awards portal to view these questions.

The work of in-house lawyers is often unheralded, but those lawyers are impacting the practice of law, and those around them, every day. This honor recognizes a general counsel, legal department or in-house attorney who had a significant accomplishment in 2021. Categories include, but are not limited to, outside counsel management, diversity, pro bono and community service, and general excellence. (Please note that we do not identify nominators to the nominees).  Please register and log into the awards portal to view all nomination questions.

Categories

  • General
  • In-House Legal Work
  • Outside Counsel Management
  • Pro Bono and Community Service
  • Diversity and Quality of Life
  • Technology and Information Systems
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Other


Online Submission Form 
Company/Organization Name
City
Company Contact Name
Company Contact Email
Company Headquarters
Firm/Organization Headquarters
Industry
Number of Attorneys in New Jersey
Number of Attorneys Worldwide (Including New Jersey)
General Counsel Name (or Legal Department Leadership names)

Essay
Please describe what makes your department stand out in this particular category.

There is also a Q&A portion of a few short responses that will be published if the nominee is selected. Please register and log into the awards portal to view these questions.

Eligibility/Description
Law firms, tell us why your litigation groups excelled in 2021, by resolving matters for clients, working on significant appeals, handling cases that lead to impactful court decisions or other changes in the law, and otherwise achieving the status of strong and effective advocate. Submission in one or multiple categories is welcome. Open to law firms with up to 200 attorneys. Please register and log into the awards portal to view all nomination questions.

Categories

  • General
  • Class Action
  • Insurance
  • Labor & Employment
  • Products Liability
  • Appellate
  • Intellectual Property
     

Online Submission Form
Firm/Organization Name
City
Firm/Organization Contact Name
Firm/Organization Contact Email
Firm/Organization Headquarters
Number of Attorneys in New Jersey
Number of Attorneys Worldwide (Including New Jersey)
Office(s) represented in this submission
Number of litigators in New Jersey as of Dec. 31, 2021
Client Reference(s), including contact info
Briefly describe your firm’s biggest litigation loss in the past two years, with names of opposing counsel 800 words
Give a brief description of three upcoming matters for your firm. (800 words)

General Litigation Category List of Cases: Describe 5-10 litigation results that demonstrate your department’s excellence.

  • This list can and should include trial and appellate results and could include pro bono results.
  • The results must have occurred between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Keep descriptions of each individual case under 500 words.
  • Each result must have been achieved by lawyers when they were members of your firm. Do not include results achieved by lateral hires when they were working for a different firm. Please highlight work done by New Jersey lawyers.
  • For each result, please include the names of clients, lead partners and opposing counsel.
  • Descriptions of results should include specific dollar amounts where relevant, but should focus on why the result demonstrates the excellence of your department.


Please copy/paste your 5-10 litigation results here, or upload a Word doc/PDF in the next question. You only need to complete this section if you are entering in the General Litigation category.

General Litigation Category (File Upload):
Describe 5-10 litigation results that demonstrate your department’s excellence.

  • This list can and should include trial and appellate results and could include pro bono results.
  • The results must have occurred between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Keep descriptions of each individual case under 500 words.
  • Each result must have been achieved by lawyers when they were members of your firm. Do not include results achieved by lateral hires when they were working for a different firm. Please highlight work done by New Jersey lawyers.
  • For each result, please include the names of clients, lead partners and opposing counsel.
  • Descriptions of results should include specific dollar amounts where relevant, but should focus on why the result demonstrates the excellence of your department.


General Litigation Essay
Write an essay explaining why your firm should be a finalist. Essay should be no longer than 1,000 words.
Describe what makes your firm stand out. Did you face specific challenges over the past two years? Did your litigation department have specific goals that it achieved? How is your firm pushing litigation in a new direction?

There is also a Q&A portion of a few short responses that will be published if the nominee is selected. Please register and log into the awards portal to view these questions.

Law firms, tell us why your litigation groups excelled in 2021, by resolving matters for clients, working on significant appeals, handling cases that lead to impactful court decisions or other changes in the law, and otherwise achieving the status of strong and effective advocate. Submission in one or multiple categories is welcome. Open to law firms with up to 200 attorneys.
Categories are: 

  • General
  • Class Action
  • Insurance
  • Labor & Employment
  • Products Liability
  • Appellate
  • Intellectual Property

The New Jersey Law Journal’s New Jersey Litigation Departments of the Year (midsize and small firms) contest will have two distinct portions: a general contest to award the top department in general litigation, as well as a contest to determine the top specialty practice departments. The competition is open to law firms of up to 200 attorneys, with a New Jersey presence; New Jersey lawyers must have had a significant impact on the work being presented, though the work does not need to have been done in New Jersey.

Specific and verifiable information is expected whenever possible to help in the decision process. If your client was represented by more than one firm, please specify your firm’s role in the matter and why it was helpful to the client. Adding color helps paint the picture of why your department stands apart. We would like as much information as possible, even if some is confidential and can’t be published. Clearly mark any confidential information, but please do not make the entire submission confidential.

Specialty Practice Area Contest
The specialty contest will award departments focused in each of six areas:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Products Liability/Mass Torts
  • Labor and Employment
  • Insurance (subrogation, reinsurance, etc.)
  • Professional Liability (medical malpractice, legal malpractice, etc.)
  • Class Action
  • Other

You are welcome to compete in more than one specialty category, but separate submissions will be expected for each. Submission instructions and deadline are the same as for general submissions. Please see above.

Describe 5 to 10 litigation results that demonstrate your department’s excellence in this specialty.

  • This list should include both trial and appellate work.
  • The results must have occurred between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Keep descriptions of each individual case under 500 words.
  • Each result must have been achieved by lawyers when they were members of your firm. Do not include results achieved by lateral hires when they were working for a different firm. Please highlight work done by New Jersey lawyers.
  • For each result, please include the names of clients, lead partners and opposing counsel, as well as contact information for all involved whenever possible.
  • Descriptions of results should include specific dollar amounts where relevant, but should focus on why the result demonstrates the excellence of your department.

Online Submission Form
Firm/Organization Name
City
Firm/Organization Contact Name
Firm/Organization Contact Email
Firm/Organization Headquarters
Number of Attorneys in New Jersey
Number of Attorneys Worldwide (Including New Jersey)
Office(s) represented in this submission
Number of litigators in New Jersey as of Dec. 31, 2021
Client Reference(s), including contact info
Briefly describe your firm’s biggest litigation loss in the past two years, with names of opposing counsel. 800 words
Give a brief description of three upcoming matters for your firm. 800 words

Specialty Category List of Cases
Describe 5 to 10 litigation results that demonstrate your department’s excellence in this specialty. Please copy/paste text below. If you'd prefer to upload a file, please write "file upload" in this section and skip to the next question.

  • This list should include both trial and appellate work.
  • The results must have occurred between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Keep descriptions of each individual case under 500 words.
  • Each result must have been achieved by lawyers when they were members of your firm. Do not include results achieved by lateral hires when they were working for a different firm. Please highlight work done by New Jersey lawyers.
  • For each result, please include the names of clients, lead partners and opposing counsel, as well as contact information for all involved whenever possible.
  • Descriptions of results should include specific dollar amounts where relevant, but should focus on why the result demonstrates the excellence of your department.

Specialty Practice Essay
Write an essay explaining why your firm should be a finalist in this specialty area. Essay should be no longer than 1,000 words.
Describe what makes your firm stand out in the given specialty. Did you face specific challenges over the past two years? Did your litigation department have specific goals that it achieved? Why does your firm excel in this specific area?

There is also a Q&A portion of a few short responses that will be published if the nominee is selected. Please register and log into the awards portal to view these questions.
 

All submissions must be received by June 17, 2022

If you have questions, please contact Recognition Events Desk Manager, Pearl Wu, at pwu@alm.com or 212-457-9646.

Winners for the various recognitions will be announced in the coming months, leading up to publication of our awards magazines and our Professional Excellence event, slated for September 29, 2022. Details will follow as the time draws nearer.

We sincerely look forward to hearing from you and to reviewing these submissions. 

If you start your nominations now you will receive notifications so you don't forget the deadline! You can also go in just to check out the form and complete at a later date.