Lexpert and American Lawyer Release 2014 Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

ALM_CoverLexpert is excited to announce the release of the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

The ALM 500 is designed to provide buyers of legal services – including corporate counsel, US law firms, senior professionals, and management – with a qualified resource regarding the selection of Canadian counsel.

Published since 1997, the ALM 500:

  • Profiles the “most frequently recommended lawyers” across Canada in approximately 40 practice areas, identified via an extensive, annual peer survey.
  • Features firm and journalist written articles on legal issues touching business enterprises on both sides of the border
  • Reports the largest firms in Canada by region

The identification of leading practitioners and firms is based upon comprehensive survey work across the country, which has been ongoing since 1994. The process targets lawyers acknowledged as leaders in their respective fields, lawyers prominent in professional organizations, and lawyers otherwise enjoying significant recognition from their colleagues.

Certain surveys also canvass corporate counsel. Again this year, corporate counsels were formally surveyed in the following practice areas: Banking; Computer & IT Law; Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Finance & Securities; Litigation – Corporate Commercial; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Mergers & Acquisitions; and Property Development.

On our surveys, Lexpert sets out a list of the lawyers represented in the previous year’s directories, with room for write-in votes. Lawyers on the list who garner insufficient votes are not named in the surveys in the following year, while write-ins who receive sufficient support do appear as named nominees on the following year’s surveys.

The surveying does not proceed by way of random, unsolicited mailings. Lexpert follows up on unanswered surveys and also conducts personal interviews with senior members of the profession.

These methods have produced an unusually high response rate. In 2013, Lexpert made 10,830 requests for completed surveys from lawyers at law firms, and 7,093 additional requests were sent to corporate counsel. We received 8,776 completed surveys from law firm practitioners representing a response rate of 81.03 per cent. Our response rate from corporate counsel was 2.97 per cent.

An Evolving Approach

In keeping with extensive consultations conducted with stakeholders in 2013, Lexpert has revised the practice groups embraced by its various rankings to accord with the realities of an evolving legal market.

It is important to remember that these changes reflect the market as it is today. Our rankings do change and evolve, year after year.

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