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The Recorder’s 2017 Legal Department of the Year Awards recognize the standout legal departments among emerging and large companies (annual revenue > $1 billion).

We are looking to honor innovative and effective approaches to continuing and emerging in-house challenges and seek nominations in these seven areas:

  • Data and Security
  • Patent Strategy
  • Product Counseling
  • M&A
  • Litigation
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Legal Operations

We will also name an overall Legal Department of the Year in the emerging and large company categories. Past winners are eligible. But you must make a strong case for the work handled in the contest period, which runs July 2016 to June 2017.


1. Fill out the survey, being sure to include specific examples and details that can help you make your case.

2. If you don’t work at the company you are nominating, skip any questions you can’t answer.

3. Remember: The contest year runs from July 2016 through June 2017. Please focus your nomination on achievements in that period. Include specific examples of the outcomes and/or cost savings obtained.


Nominations Open – June 15

Nominations Close – July 28

Winners Announced – September 15

Awards Reception – October 17 in San Francisco

Questions? Email Bureau Chief Ross Todd at

*Note: If you’re having trouble accessing or filling this form, please contact Pearl Wu