Annual Award


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 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.

Eligibility for the 2017 Award

  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • A licensed attorney in the U.S. or one of its territories
  • On August 30, 2017 nominee will be 36 years old or younger or admitted to practice for five years or less
  • Individuals can not nominate themselves

Nomination and Notification Process

  • The 2017 nominaton process closed on March 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET.  The deadline is not extended.
  • 2017 nominees will receive an email notification of their nomination that includes the name(s) of the individual(s) who nominated them.  Nominees may also be asked for additional information during the selection process, if deemed necessary.
  • 2017 honorees will be notified and names published to the website by late June 2017.


Please email your questions to the Young Lawyers Division.