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About Chambers USA

Chambers USA ranks the leading lawyers and law firms across the USA. Our legal rankings are based on in-depth market analysis and independent research, conducted by our experienced team of researchers. For more information on our methodology and insights into our submissions process, please visit our methodology page. Chambers and Partners rankings and research will provide you with all the necessary information, statistics and firm overviews, regardless of whether you are a client, in-house counsel or GC, when needed to make an informed decision when purchasing legal services.

The Chambers USA team continues to work with law firms of all sizes, from boutique to global, during our research to ensure we cover all aspects of the US legal market for clients of all sizes and requirements to assist in their legal needs.

Chambers USA 2021 Webinar
Watch the launch webinar and discover key findings from this year's research and learn what is new in this edition of the guide with an overview from the Chambers USA team.
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Coverage

The Chambers USA guide covers practice areas in all 50 states and Washington, DC. We cover up to 79 individual practice areas in our legal market coverage.

The Chambers USA 2021 guide research ran from August 2020 to February 2021. By having our researchers spend several months in carefully analyzing and researching each submitting firm and conducting several thousands of hours of interviews with referees, our rankings offer the most in-depth and comprehensive coverage of each law firm for those looking to find a lawyer, attorney or law firm for legal advice and work.

New in Chambers USA

8,092
Department Rankings
1,510
Unique Ranked Firms

Trends and developments in USA

Region 1: Northeast

Source: Chambers Business Intelligence

Our legal coverage and editorial of the Northeast contains 1,585 Department Rankings and 3,898 Lawyer Rankings. For New York categories alone, we received 1,068 submissions and ranked 211 different law firms. 

Region 2: Midwest

Source: Chambers Business Intelligence

Our legal market coverage of the Midwest contains 998 Department Rankings and 2,711 Lawyer Rankings. 108 different law firms were ranked across Illinois and 837 of the top lawyers were also ranked. 

Region 3: South

Source: Chambers Business Intelligence

The Chambers USA legal market analysis of the South contains 2,216 Department Rankings and 6,790 Lawyer Rankings. In Texas and Washington, DC we ranked 143 and 142 top law firms respectively. 

Region 4: Western

Source: Chambers Business Intelligence

Our insight into the West contains 1,287 Department Rankings and 3,382 Lawyer Rankings. 187 best law firms were ranked in California along with 1,342 lawyers. 

Recognising Women Lawyers: Gender diversity by jurisdiction

1,000
New Rankings for Women Lawyers

Total number of Female Lawyers Ranked

Source: Chambers Business Intelligence

Chambers and Partners continues to work with all law firms to ensure their women partners and associates are included in the Chambers research process, as diversity and inclusion in the legal market is a key focus for us. In Chambers USA 2021 we added over 1,000 rankings for women lawyers, including 216 in our USA - Nationwide categories. 

Ranked Lawyers

21,868
Lawyer
Rankings
2,933
Newly Ranked
Lawyers
4,411
Lawyers Ranked in USA
Nationwide Categories

Up-and-Coming and Associates to watch

949
Up-and-Comers and 306 Star Associates
or Associates to Watch
573
Newly Ranked
Up-and-Comers
220
Newly Ranked Star Associates
and Associates to Watch

Chambers USA 2021 includes a number of new sections

Nationwide
SPACs and Capital Markets: Convertible Debt
Nationwide
Privacy & Data Security: Incident Response
Energy & Natural Resources Tables in:
Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington,
North Carolina and Pennsylvania
Immigration Tables in:
Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Nevada, Michigan,
Minnesota, Nebraska, Tennessee, Virginia and Illinois

In every state we rank the leading law firms in at least four areas of law: Corporate / Commercial, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate. However, in most states we cover significantly more, meaning that Chambers USA contains over 50 different practice areas/sectors on a state and national level, allowing us to provide the relevant information to those looking for us legal support. 

Rankings at state level are based upon the location in which a law firm or lawyer practices regardless of where their clients are located across the USA or globally, or where their deals and cases take place. 

Our market-leading ranking tables are compiled through assessment of a firm’s work and opinions from external market sources, with an emphasis on client feedback. Firms and lawyers need to demonstrate sustained excellence in order to be ranked in the guide. The Chambers Editorial for each ranked law firm and lawyer are designed to aid clients search for online legal advice and provide the information needed when making decisions on which firm to instruct.

Legal Topics for Chambers USA

New appointments in the USA research team
Read about the updates made to the Chambers USA team and the promotion of Kush Cheema and James Haggerty to the positions of USA Research Director and Head of USA Research respectively.

How-to Chambers: USA 2022 FAQs
Find the answers to questions asked during the How-to Chambers: USA 2022 webinar. The questions cover rankings, referee contacts and submissions.

A Year in Review of the Leisure and Hospitality sector
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the Leisure and Hospitality market but despite the many legal challenges and issues, there is a positive future. Read about how the legal market has had to deal with matters surrounding furlough schemes, management agreements and more.

A look at the state of the Energy market in the US
After a challenging year, the energy market in the US has been analysed with this article providing insights into the industry, a look at what the Biden administrations agenda on energy is and more.

Diversity and Inclusion Highlights for Chambers USA 2021
Discover which state ranked the most number of women lawyers and learn more about the diversity statistics for this edition of the guide.

Ranking statistics for Chambers USA 2021
An overview look at the key law firm and lawyer rankings in the upcoming edition of the Chambers USA guide.

Growth in the Private Equity market
Read about how the market is seeing a growth despite a challenging year and details on key states which have seen growing numbers of expert practitioners in the sector.

What is the Magic Circle and who is in it?
Read the article for an insight into the Magic Circle, analysis of the firms ranking who make up the circle, and a look at what the future may hold for these global firms.

Meet the Research and Editorial Team

Kush Cheema
North America Research Director:
Appellate, Private Equity
Contact Kush
James Haggerty
Head of USA Research:
Energy, Projects
Contact James
Jane Pasquali
Research Manager:
FCPA, Healthcare, International Arbitration, Litigation: General Commercial and Securities, Product Liability, Technology & Outsourcing
Contact Jane
Vian Chowdhury
Research Manager:
Corporate M&A, International Trade, Tax
Contact Vian
Zahra Damji
Research Manager:
EBEC, Government Relations, Labor & Employment, Media & Advertising, Political Law
Contact Zahra
Madeira Vincent
Research Manager:
Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Corporate Crime, White-Collar Crime
Contact Madeira
Alek Quick-Tomasevic
Research Manager:
Corporate Crime, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Securities, White-Collar Crime
Contact Alek
Keavy Hunnigal-Gaw
Research Manager:
Antitrust, Capital Markets, Environment, Insurance, Real Estate
Contact Keavy
Eleanor Dobson
Research Manager:
Banking & Finance, Funds, FSR, Food & Beverages, Privacy & Data Security, REITs, Sports Law
Contact Eleanor
Faiza Jibril
USA Commercial Manager, New York Office
Lindsey Witmer
USA Business Intelligence, Sales Specialist

Chambers USA 2021 e-Edition available to download.

Find the top Lawyer and Law Firms across USA 2021 in our e-Edition, now available to download per chapter.

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