The National Black Lawyers – Top 100 allows only members to nominate other attorneys who have exhibited outstanding leadership for the following practice areas:
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Law
  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business Formation
  • Business Labor and Employment Law
  • Business Transactions
  • Civil Plaintiff
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Communications Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • District Attorneys
  • Employment Law
  • Energy, Environmental, Public Utilities Law
  • Entertainment, Sports and Arts Law
  • Government
  • Health Care Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Judiciary
  • Law Professor
  • Litigation and Insurance Defense
  • Matrimonial and Family Law
  • Mediation / Arbitration
  • Military Law
  • Real Estate
  • Securities and Antitrust Defense
  • Social Security Disability Law
  • Taxation
  • Trademark and Patents
  • US Attorneys
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates

Eligibility for Top 100:

Membership in The National Black Lawyers – Top 100 is limited to the Top 100 lawyers in each state. Members of The National Black Lawyers are encouraged to nominate their peers for membership. Prospective members are then carefully screened before being invited to join. The criteria for membership include:
  • Outstanding reputation among peers, the judiciary and the public
  • Notable achievements, settlements, and verdicts as specialty lawyers
  • Board certification in their areas of specialty
  • Nominations from other leading lawyers and current NBL members
  • Membership in other national and statewide specialty lawyer organizations
  • Rankings/ratings by leading national evaluation organizations and associations

Eligibility for Top 40 Under 40:

To encourage and recognize distinguished black lawyers under the age of 40, The National Black LawyersTop 40 Under 40 invites its members to submit nominations of outstanding black attorneys younger than the age of 40 for inclusion in our National Black LawyersTop 40 Under 40 section. Only 40 black lawyers from each state or region will be selected for membership each year. Nominees should demonstrate superior leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as a black lawyer. The membership committee will consider:
  • Reputation among peers, the judiciary and the public
  • Achievements, settlements and verdicts as a lawyer
  • Nominations from leading lawyers, current members and Executive Committee members
  • Leadership and membership in other national and state specialty lawyer organizations
  • Rankings and ratings by leading national evaluation organizations
Nominees must be lawyers actively practicing in the areas of law listed above. Memberships are reviewed annually to assure that the membership of The National Black Lawyers – Top 100 is made up of only the top attorneys from each state or region. All members are automatically reconsidered for membership but not guaranteed acceptance. Note: The nomination is confidential.