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The American Lawyer's Lifetime Achiever Honorees

Our 14th annual awards honor lawyers whose remarkable careers have shaped the legal profession.


The 2017 A-List

By McKenna Moore

Our ranking recognizes the most elite law firms in America, as measured by their financial strength, pro bono commitment, diversity, associate satisfaction—and now a new factor, the percentage of women in the equity partnership.

Maxim Levinson, of Baker Botts, in Moscow.

The Global Law Firm's Survival Guide to Russia

By Chris Johnson

In a market rocked by sanctions and sagging oil prices, U.S. and U.K. firms are finding new ways to adapt—even though it means competing with Russian firms on their own turf.

Group of happy business people in a meeting at office

Hit or Miss: The Associate Salary Hike, One Year Later

By Katelyn Polantz

Will law firms look at 2016's salary hikes as a blip or a tidal wave they couldn't stop?

Will a Tax to Cut Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reduce Litigation Work, Too?

By Miriam Rozen

It's a proposal to curb carbon dioxide emissions that even Exxon can love, and it could have big implications for lawyers who counsel clients on energy and environmental matters.

Bar Talk

What's the Next Hot Market for Law Firm Mergers?

By Roy Strom

In recent months, the Midwest has seen a spurt of law firm combinations. Smaller firms are joining forces.


William Johnston of W. Johnston Associates.

Law Firm Leader, Are You Protecting Your Firm's Future?

By William G. Johnston

A look at the one leadership trait law firms often fail to look for—the ability to groom the next generation of leaders.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara.

It's Not Just About the Work

By Vivia Chen

Can minorities really overcome prejudice through sheer excellence?

The Work

Big Suits

By Andrew Denney, Ross Todd and Jennifer Williams-Alvarez