For the top lists of “America’s Top Corporate Law Firms 2019” Statista, the independent research institute and statistics platform, conducted a broad survey among lawyers and In-house lawyers in the United States. The survey took place between 1st April 2019 and 17th May 2019. Based on the results, Statista identified the most recommended Corporate Law Firms in America.
Who took part in the survey?
For the evaluation of America’s Top Corporate Law Firms, we invited lawyers ("peers") and In-house lawyers ("clients") to take part in the survey.
How did the survey take place?
The survey was conducted online. All lawyers received a survey invitation via a personalized email. In addition, lawyers were recruited directly via a carefully profiled online-access-panel.
The participants had to specify their professional activity first. Lawyers then had the opportunity to select areas of law where they themselves are involved and have expertise. At the end of the survey, they were also able to indicate how many years they had been active as a lawyer on a voluntary basis.
Subsequently, all participants were asked to make their recommendations for law firms in two steps. First, they selected the areas of law for which they wanted to make recommendations. Then up to 10 recommendations could be made per selected area of law. The recommendation was aided by an autocomplete function, which showed law firms from a preselected longlist of more than 1,000 law firms based on the already entered letters. Of course, it was also possible to freely specify any other law firm.
The top lists
The top lists are based on the number of recommendations each law firm received from peers and clients. Only one recommendation per field of law for each participant was considered for each law firm. Self-recommendations from lawyers were excluded in the analysis.
The law firms that received most recommendations made it into the top lists.
For each law firm, the field of law where it received the most recommendations was identified and highlighted as “most recommended for”. Since some boutique law firms state that they concentrate on a narrow selection of fields of law, specific industries etc. this “exclusive focus” was also highlighted in the final lists.
For the 2019 survey nearly 100,000 lawyers and In-house lawyers were invited to participate in the survey. In total, the answers from 2,500 lawyers and In-house lawyers and 8,000 nominations were considered in the analysis. The final list consists of the 243 most recommended law firms.
The ranking was created through an intricate process. The quality of law firms that are not included in the lists is not disputed.
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