Annual Award


Please note:

  • Honorees (and their nominators) of the 2016 award were notified via email on June 16, 2016.
  • Information for the 2016 Honorees will be posted online this summer and included in the August issue of the ABA Journal and the Summer issue of the YLD's TYL.
  • The nomination process for the 2017 On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers Award will open December 1, 2016 and close on March 1, 2017.


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.