The research for IFLR1000 United States 2020 has begun and we invite all firms working in relevant areas to participate. Please read these guidelines and follow the steps in the 'How to submit your information' section to be considered for our 2020 rankings and awards.
If you are interested in participating in this year's research, please register through the link below if you have not already done so.
IFLR1000 researches and ranks law firms and lawyers on the basis of transactional advice. Each annual research process culminates in the publication of law firm rankings, individual lawyer ratings, and editorial content.
IFLR1000 United States ranks firms and lawyers in every US state in up to six practice areas, depending on the volume of mandates available*:
• Capital markets
• Project development
• Real estate
• Restructuring and insolvency
Please read our practice area definitions to view what type of work can be submitted for each practice area.
*If we do not currently produce a ranking table for an area in the state where your firm is based, you can still provide us with a submission. We are consistently trying to expand our coverage and will produce ranking tables for any area we have sufficient evidence to.
Leading Lawyers and Notable Practitioners
Alongside our firm rankings we also recognise the work of outstanding individuals at state level. 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 transactional record and positive client feedback.
'Ones to watch' these are lawyers who are building their reputations in the market.
We also recognise lawyers who have advised on one or more deals featured in IFLR1000 Deal Data. These are categorised as Notable Practitioners.
This year we will be running state level awards research in tandem with our ranking research. Any firm that participates in the ranking research will be considered for the awards.
The award ceremony will take place at Essex House in New York in September 2020. The IFLR1000 United States awards will follow a similar format to our renowned international awards but with the focus on promoting domestic firms, lawyers and law firms. Photos from one of our 2019 international awards held at the same venue can be seen here.
The domestic award categories will be:
There is no fee to participate in the research or to be ranked.
If you work for a law firm that advises on transactional work relevant to our ranking categories you can participate in the research by completing the research form.
The research form asks for basic information on the structure and focus of the practice, recent changes to the team, and up to 20 highlight deals per practice area. In the 2020 research cycle, highlight deals should be mandates which the firm has done substantial work on since January 1, 2019, or which closed after this date.
We also ask firms to provide client referees in support of deal examples. While this is not essential, client feedback is used to asses firms (see 'Research methodology' section).
For each state submission you should submit deal examples that have been executed by attorneys based within the state. Deals involving two or more states can be submitted in each individual state submission.
Firms can submit one research form for each state and practice area, or a combined research form covering multiple practice areas for one state.
Firms can provide an unlimited number of client referees in support of submissions. All referees provided by the submission deadline will be contacted by e-mail to ask for feedback on firms' and lawyers' work.
There are three steps to the submission process:
The submission deadline for the awards and ranking research is: February 14, 2020
Our law firm rankings and lawyer ratings are based on three key criteria:
In each research cycle we ask firms to provide transactional highlights from a designated period.
Transactional evidence is the decisive factor we use to determine a firm’s ranking. For a firm to be ranked, it must have a track record of advising on transactional work relevant to our ranking categories.
The same applies to the ratings of individuals; lawyers must have been working on significant deals in some capacity to be rated.
Primarily firms submit deals to us via the research form. Our research team also monitors daily deal news and updates to complement this.
We also analyse statistical evidence of transaction values and volumes produced by external publications.
We survey corporate and in-house contacts provided to us participating firms to get their opinions on the firms and lawyers they use.
Client feedback is used in support of transactional evidence when determining a firm’s ranking or lawyer’s rating. What this means is good feedback alone will not ensure a firm or lawyer is ranked or rated – a firm or individual must be experienced in advising on significant transactional work.
We ask for feedback on attributes including:
• Accessibility and communication
• Client/lawyer relationship
• Depth of team
• International network
• Technical ability
• Value for money
• Peer feedback
We conduct an annual Lawyer Survey of lawyers to get their thoughts and feedback on their markets. All lawyers active in the relevant research categories are invited to take part.
We also conduct a significant number of phone and face-to-face interviews with practitioners, where we ask for feedback on firms.
Peer feedback is secondary to client feedback and we only take this type of feedback into account where it is supported by deal evidence.
Can I submit information in a different format?
Certainly, as long as the relevant information is provided in a well-organised format.
Why should we submit?
Sending submissions makes the strongest possible case for your firm’s inclusion in the rankings. Firms that submit are guaranteed editorial coverage.
Is IFLR1000 United States pay-to-play?
No. Our editorial coverage is independent and all firms that submit relevant work receive the same consideration and guarantee of editorial coverage.
We’re a smaller local firm - is it worthwhile us submitting?
Yes. Although our publication includes many of the largest national firms, the United States guide’s rankings are made at state level, which means there is plenty of opportunity for firms to be recognised that are based outside of main financial centres of New York, San Francisco and Chicago.
If you have any questions, please contact the editor, Ben Naylor.