Surveys & Rankings

Current Years

Health Care: A Special Report

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains the big news for health care practitioners, and we explore two aspects of the law in this special report — how it could expand access to mental health care and how employers can take advantage of a reprieve from the legal mandate to provide health insurance. We also examine the long struggle to ensure equal access to medical trials for women and minority groups.

Map of ChevronTexaco's Ecuador operations, Chevron counsel Randy Mastro (top), and plaintiff's attorney Steven Donziger

A Win for Chevron in Dispute with Ecuador

Following up on a six-week trial this fall, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan ruled Tuesday that U.S. attorney Steven Donziger corruptly orchestrated the environmental litigation that resulted in a $9.5 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron, violating racketeering laws.

Plaintiffs' Hot List

The firms on this year's list landed groundbreaking verdicts, negotiated big settlements and, in many cases, paved the way for the resolution of other disputes.

The Go-To Law Schools

Our annual report on the law schools that supply the largest numbers of new associates to NLJ 250 law firms.

Innovations in Law Firm Technology

The past few years have been momentous for law firms and their use of technology. In the electronic discovery area alone, innovations including predictive coding have found acceptance by the courts.

Seattle In-House Legal Departments of the Year

Corporate counsel leading the way in compliance, outside counsel management, diversity and deal work.


The number of lawyers increased just slightly in 2012. Most of the gains were among partners, and associate results were flat.


Our annual report on law firms and lobbying shops in the nation's capital.

Closed Until Further Notice

For the first time since 1996, the U.S. government has ground to a halt. The House of Representatives and the Senate are at odds over funding and all signs point to a continuing bitter fight. The National Law Journal and its sister publications at ALM will provide coverage throughout the shutdown.