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 2018 Award

  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • A licensed attorney in the U.S. or one of its territories
  • On August 30, 2018 nominee will be 36 years old or younger or admitted to practice for five years or less
  • Individuals cannot nominate themselves

Nomination and Notification Process

  • Nominations must be submitted via the online nomination form.
  • The deadline to submit nominations is March 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET.  The deadline will not be extended.
  • Nominees may be asked for additional information during the selection process, if deemed necessary.
  • 2018 honorees and their nominators will be notified and names published to the website by mid-July 2018.


Please email your questions to the Young Lawyers Division.