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Litigation Boutiques Hot List

Our first Litigation Boutiques Hot List features 10 small firms that take second place to no one in courtroom skill. These are the firms important clients turn to for state-of-the-art advocacy in bet-the-company cases.

The Minority 40 Under 40

The lawyers profiled here were all born in the 1970s, a decade when law schools and law firms were just beginning to welcome minorities in significant numbers. The thriving careers of these lawyers — at law firms and in government, academia and public interest — attest to the greater opportunities available to them, as well as to their talents.

Champions & Visionaries

In this fourth annual special section, we honor Washington lawyers in two categories: Champions, those who have upheld the profession's core values through public service, pro bono efforts and advocacy for civil liberties, and Visionaries, attorneys whose business or legal acumen has expanded their firms, improved government or advanced the law.

The Plaintiffs' Hot List

These 20 firms are at the cutting edge of plaintiffs' work — and are giving defense players a run for their money.
Hare Wynn harvests big victory in rice row
In NYSE case, Labaton created a bull market
Whatley Drake finds healthy return in insurance fights

Washington's Most Influential In-House Attorneys

Some on The National Law Journal's list of 20 in-house counsel oversee huge operations. Others are joined by just a few attorneys and work mostly on regional issues. One thing each has in common: They've dedicated themselves to running efficient offices and to providing top-quality service to their clients.


Our annual special report highlights 14 litigators whose innovative trial strategies resulted on a big win in the courtroom.

Litigation Boutiques: A Special Report

Firms with fewer than 50 lawyers can find success as litigators by focusing on a niche practice or adopting shrewd trial tactics in a range of cases. We profile five firms that demonstrate the strength and flexibility of a smaller business model.

West Coast Report

Law firms with the largest offices on the West Coast were back in the black for the most part during 2010, with revenues edging up slightly or remaining flat. Many managed to boost profits per partner, largely due to their reduced headcounts.

The 2011 Appellate Hot List

Our annual Appellate Hot List recognizes firms that made exemplary contributions to appellate practice during the past year. We asked our readers to nominate firms with at least one significant appellate victory since January 2010 and that had demonstrated an impressive track record overall.

Most Influential Lawyers

The NLJ profiles 34 lawyers in 10 categories — ADR, financial capital markets, government affairs, health care, in-house lawyers at private companies, law firm leadership, media and entertainment, real estate, trusts and estates, and white-collar crime — whose work has been so consequential that it helped to push the profession or a practice area substantially forward.