To come up with The A-List, we start with the rankings from four surveys that rate Am Law 200 firms’ performances in several areas for 2006. We convert the firms’ ranks to points by inverting the score. Then we weight their values to find the overall scores. These are the four components of The A-List:

Revenue per lawyer (RPL) ranks come from our Am Law 100 and Am Law 200 reports that appeared in the May and June issues this year. The financials are based on fiscal year 2006. We take a firm’s rank and invert it to come up with its points. For example, the No. 1 firm gets 200 points, and the No. 200 firm receives one point.