Categories & Criteria

New Leaders of the Bar

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. Achievements as a practitioner, businessperson, organization leader and member of the legal community in New Jersey all are considered.
 

Lifetime Achievement

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. Send a brief letter (up to 500 words) introducing the candidate, and explaining why he or she deserves the recognition.
 

Law Firm of the Year

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. 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 categories.
 

Attorney of the Year

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. 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.
 

Dealmakers of the Year

While New Jersey boasts excellent litigators, it is also home to talented and hardworking transactional lawyers. 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 2019.
 

Innovators

New to the 2020 awards program will be two categories under the Innovators heading. 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.
 

Mentors

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. 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.
 

Unsung Heroes

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.
 

In-House Impact

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 2019. 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).
 

Litigation Departments of the Year (Midsize and Small Firms)

Law firms, tell us why your litigation groups excelled in 2018, 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 zealous and effective advocate. Submission in one or multiple categories is welcome. Categories are: General, Class Action, Insurance, Labor & Employment, Product Liability, and Intellectual Property. Open to law firms with up to 200 attorneys.