This list is pretty tough to compile. Nonetheless, we give it our best effort every other year.
We begin the process with a survey of the nearly 1,000 attorneys recognized on our 2013 list, asking whom they consider the best among their peers. We then added more research and reporting, contacting still more lawyers and reading up on notable recent successes of the local bar. We’ve trimmed several categories as well as increased and added others since the last go-round, so this isn’t a repeat of what you’ve seen in years past. Though it’s impossible not to miss some deserving folks, what follows is a directory of much of Washington’s top legal talent in 21 practice specialties.