The American Lawyer Hall of Fame
Corporate Counsel Best Legal Department
Each year, Corporate Counsel decides to ask a really big question: Which department among the Fortune 500 is the best? For this exercise, we look at an entire department, not just the achievements of the general counsel or other recognized in-house leaders. We invite the legal departments themselves to make a pitch for their lawyers and what they have accomplished in the last two years. We send each of the Fortune 500 companies' general counsel a detailed questionnaire and asked all sorts of intrusive questions: How big are their budgets? What is their litigation strategy? How much time do their lawyers devote to pro bono? Below are the legal departments who stood out from the rest.
The American Lawyer Awards
The American Lawyer celebrates the distinguished careers of individuals whose world-class practice and commitment to public service make them an inspiration to the rest of the legal profession.
Each year 20 firms are named whose economic, pro bono, workplace satisfaction and diversity performance set them above the rest.
Corporate Counsel magazine names the best in-house law department and finalists, based not only on the achievements of the general counsel, but on an in-depth look at the entire corporate legal department.
The American Lawyer celebrates the Litigation Department of the Year, as named in the January 2010 issue of The American Lawyer. Am Law 200 firms were invited to compete for the overall title as well as laurels in one of three specialties: Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, and Product Liability.
Each year we recognize a managing partner or chairperson who led his or her firm to the highest professional distinction.
Equal Justice Works
The American Lawyer proudly supports Equal Justice Works - the leader in creating summer and post graduate public interest jobs for law students and lawyers.
A portion of the proceeds from The American Lawyer Awards dinner will be donated to sponsor an Equal Justice Works Fellowship.