Welcome to the third expanded version of our Best Legal Departments package. This year’s winners:

In an effort to honor the diversity of corporate (and nonprofit) departments, we opened up the process and the results. Entrants now submit a short form, with basic demographic information, plus an essay giving their pitch. We read every one of these—which are now a multiple of what we used to receive—and choose around a dozen finalists. Of these finalists, we choose four top winners. But make no mistake: All of the finalists show a level of excellence.