Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Second Annual New York Law Journal Reader Rankings! This program is designed to let you, the New York legal community, tell us which vendors are the best at what they do. Whether it was a crucial service or a time-saving product, if it is an important aspect to the practice of law, there was a category for you to vote on it. Fromtechnology products, to banking and escrow services to dispute resolution, the New York Law Journal Reader Rankings displays the firms who came out on top when it comes to providing you with what is essential to compete in this tough legal market.

Read the Rankings.

Recently I had a rather animated conversation about the Reader Rankings with a long-time partner at a large New York City law firm. When he first saw the survey, he was concerned that we were asking lawyers to vote on other lawyers and saw a lot of pitfalls in that. After I spent a good amount of time walking him through the exhaustive process we undertake to execute Reader Rankings and sent him a list of the voting categories, his attitude changed. “No worries,” he said, “that is fine. The vendors do a wonderful service to the legal community. They really do. “

Clearly you agree with him. Despite incredibly busy schedules and a work load that is enough for probably two people, over 4,200 readers cast votes for your favorite vendors in 51 categories. Given the size and scope of the survey and the time it takes to fill it out, your response again exceeded our expectations by far. Lawyers and legal professionals alike rely very heavily on these companies and that is why we have dedicated a special supplement to highlight the successes of the best.

The Reader Rankings is run by our sales and marketing teams here at ALM. The voting was conducted via online ballot and compiled by the sales and marketing teams of the New York Law Journal. Readers were notified of the ballot through direct emails and online advertisements across ALM’s vast network of websites. Our goal was to make the voting as inclusive as possible. The ballot consisted of 51 categories encompassing the areas of Technology, Research, Accounting, Insurance, Financial Services, Litigation Support, Education and Recruiting/Staffing. In total, over 350 firms were listed on the official online ballot and voters were also given the option of writing in any firms not listed -almost 375 firms received votes via the write-in option.

Please note that we only allowed legitimate end users (attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants etc.) to vote. We took great pains to ensure the voting was fair. Any non-attorney, non-legal-professional or non-validated vote was disqualified.

Read the Rankings.

I would like to extend a special thanks to the entire New York Law Journal sales, marketing and design teams – especially the Law Journal’s Ad Production Manager Susan Ferguson and ALM’s Senior Art Director Francis Kaiven who really made this fantastic supplement come together despite tight deadlines and a lot of changes made by yours truly.

Again, thanks for sharing your voice and your votes. Your opinions are reflected on the pages that follow. If you do not see your favorite firm there this year, please make sure to vote next year. Based on your tremendous response, the Reader Rankings will only grow and expand in 2012 and beyond.

As always, if you have any thoughts on this program or any other program we run here at the New York Law Journal, please drop me a line. I can be reached at fmcmanus@alm.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Warm regards,
Farrell McManus