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Best of the Best USA 2017 Methodology

Welcome to the 2017 edition of the Best of the Best USA, a guide to the top legal practitioners in the US across 16 areas of law.

When first published in 1994, the Expert Guides were the first-ever guides dedicated to leading individuals in the legal industry. Since then we have continued to focus on individuals considered by clients and peers to be the best in their field. The Best of the Best USA compiles the top 30 practitioners in 16 areas of law. All the other practice areas we cover are included in the 2016 edition and will be updated in 2018. In the event of a tie on the number of nominations both practitioners are included.

Our research process for each guide involves sending over 4,000 questionnaires to senior practitioners or in-house counsel involved in each practice area, asking them to nominate leading practitioners based on their work and reputation. The results are analysed and screened for firm, network and alliance bias. The list of experts is then discussed and refined with advisers in legal centres worldwide.

Each expert has been independently offered the opportunity to enhance their listing with a professional biography. These biographies give readers valuable, detailed information regarding each lawyer's practice and, if appropriate, their work and clients.

We owe the success of our guides to all the in-house counsel and firms that completed questionnaires and met our researchers. Thank you. We hope you find this guide to be a useful tool.

The research team