Best Lawyers
Under 40

Recognizing outstanding young lawyers in the North Texas area

About

D Magazine is excited to launch a new program to honor our city’s up-and-coming attorneys. To compile our list of the best lawyers under 40 in Dallas, we ask lawyers with a valid Texas Bar number to nominate two lawyers outside their firm and one within their firm, keeping the following question in mind: “Which Dallas lawyers under 40, of those whose work you have witnessed firsthand, would you rank among the current best? Answers may include co-counsel, lawyers you have observed in court, and opposing counsel.”

To be considered, a nominee must:

  • Have a valid Texas Bar number with no disciplinary action
  • Do business primarily in the DFW area
  • Have practiced law for five years as of December 31, 2017
  • Be 39 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2018
After the votes are tallied, a panel of esteemed lawyers meets with our editors to evaluate the nominees. The panel consists of lawyers of varying ages and with varying levels of experience.

Self-nominations do not count.

The panel’s anonymity is assured to allow an open discussion of issues regarding their peers that would be known only to the legal community. After the list is finalized, we turn over a copy to our sales staff. The sales department cannot add to or subtract from the list. They, in turn, offer full-profile advertisements to the winners. The editors have no idea who purchases these ads, which are found in a special advertising section somewhere else in the magazine. If lawyers decline to buy an ad, they are still listed both in print and online.

F.A.Q.

Who is eligible for this award?

Nominees must be under the age of 40 through December 31, 2018. They must also be licensed lawyers with no disciplinary action on their record and have a minimum of five years of practice in the state of Texas.

Who can nominate the Best Lawyers Under 40?

Any lawyer (of any age) in the north Texas area may nominate.

How do I make a nomination?

When will winners be announced?

Winners will be notified by mail and email in late September of 2017 and featured in the January 2018 issue of D Magazine.

How does D Magazine determine which lawyers make the list?

To compile our list of the Best Lawyers under 40, we ask lawyers with a valid Texas Bar number to nominate two lawyers outside their firm and one within their firm. After the votes are tallied, a panel of eminent lawyers will meet with our editors to evaluate the list. Self-nominations will not count. The panel’s anonymity is assured to allow the lawyers to speak freely about issues regarding their peers that would be known only to the legal community. After this list is completed, we turn over a copy to our sales staff. The sales department cannot add to or subtract from the list. They, in turn, offer full-profile advertisements to the winners. The editors have no idea who purchases these ads, which are found in a special advertising section somewhere else in the magazine. All winning lawyers are featured in the January 2018 issue regardless of advertising purchase.