Published biannually since 1983, “The Best Lawyers in America” is the widely regarded as preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. The thing about this publication is that in order to be in it, one has to be nominated by someone who is already a member. To put it plainly, they call you, not the other way around.

The Best Lawyers list represents 135 practice areas in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. These lists are compiled through a very exhaustive peer review survey in which thousands of the top lawyers in the U.S. confidentially evaluate their professional peers.  The 2005 (18th) edition of Best Lawyers is based on 3.9 million incredibly detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. This referral guide is subscribed to by more than 4,000 of the leading law firms in the U.S and by more than 1,000 of the world’s largest corporations abroad.

Every case and every client is different, and while Best Lawyers is a useful source that can help you find the right lawyer for your case, it doesn’t mean that every lawyer in it is the right lawyer for you. However, it’s worth noting that Best Lawyers has gained the respect of the media, the legal profession, and clients as the most reliable and unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

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Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney