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It’s that time of year again!

The New York Law Journal is looking to honor the best and brightest in New York’s legal community.

Those chosen will appear in a New York Law Journal special section, have their stories told online and be honored at an event in Manhattan in October.

We want to hear from lawyers, law firms and litigation departments who have influenced their practice areas in New York and beyond. They should be innovators, developing unique practice niches, employing creative uses of technology, amassing robust books of business, showing expertise in litigation or transactional work, contributing to the improvement of their institutions or committing themselves to pro bono, charitable and professional volunteer work. Law firms of all sizes, including solos, are encouraged to apply.

Note about submissions: No more than three attorneys per category can be nominated from any one firm or organization. References to “past year” cover the period between Jan. 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019.

To apply, please use this link:

For more information:

THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE is Tuesday, May 7, 2019, for most categories. The deadline for Litigation Department of the Year, In-House Legal Departments and the GC Impact Award will be Tuesday, May 21st.


Rising Stars: This award recognizes the region’s most promising lawyers who are no older than 40 by the submission date. Past honorees are not eligible for an additional award. Submissions due May 7, 2019.

Distinguished Leaders: This award recognizes attorneys in leadership roles who achieved impressive results in the past year. Strong leaders are hard to come by, and we want to highlight lawyers who had great performances while demonstrating clear leadership skills leading to positive outcomes. Submissions due May 7, 2019.

Lifetime Achievement: This award honors an attorney’s accomplishments and impact on the legal community and the practice of law over an entire career. Submissions due May 7, 2019.

Attorney of the Year: This “MVP” award goes to the lawyer who had the most profound effect on the law or legal community in the past year or did the most to advance the cause of justice. Three finalists will be recognized; the winner will be announced at a recognition event in October. Submissions due May 7, 2019.

An advisory panel of attorneys from across the state will review applications for Rising Stars. A panel of judges will choose attorney of the year finalists and the winner. Other categories will be judged internally.

In-House Legal Departments of the Year and GC Impact: This contest recognizes outstanding work performed by general counsel and in-house legal departments over the past year, including an individual award for GC Impact. Submissions due May 21, 2019.

Litigation Department of the Year: This contest has two distinct sections:  the top department in general litigation, and the top specialty practice departments. The competition is open to any law firm with a New York presence; New York lawyers must have had a significant impact on the work being presented, though the work can extend beyond New York. Submissions due May 21, 2019.

If you have questions, please contact Pearl Wu, Recognition Desk Manager, at