Annual Award


Please note:

  • The nomination process for the 2016 Top 40 Young Lawyers closed on March 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET.  There will be no extensions.
  • If information was marked confidential, the selection committee will not disclose the information outside of the closed selection process.  However, nominators are solely responsible for determining the types of information they are permitted to disclose to the selection committee.
  • UPDATED - Recipients (and their nominators) of the 2016 award will notified and announced in late May/early June.
  • The nomination process for the 2017 On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers Award will open December 1, 2016.


The Annual On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers provides national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service.

Selection of the Top 40 Young Lawyers:

A selection committee comprised of practicing attorneys in private practice and in-house positions will review completed nominations.  The strength of the nomination will be subjectively based upon the reputation of the nominator, the professional relationship between the nominator and the nominee, and the nominator’s first-hand knowledge of the nominee’s experience, skill, and character.


Please email your questions to the Young Lawyers Division.