Recognizing outstanding young lawyers in the North Texas area

Best Lawyers Under 40

2021

Nominations open from June 29, 2020 – August 3, 2020

D Magazine is excited to honor our city’s up-and-coming attorneys. To compile our list of the Best Lawyers Under 40, we ask lawyers with a valid Texas Bar number to nominate up to two lawyers outside their firm and one within their firm, keeping the following question in mind: “Which 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 in these areas here.
  • Have practiced law for five years in Texas as of December 31, 2020
  • Be 39 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2021
  • 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. If you nominate yourself, your entire ballot will be discarded. 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.

Nominations are now closed.

STEP 1

+ NOMINATIONS

D Magazine mails and emails letters to thousands of local lawyers from our online directory and email database, inviting them to nominate their peers on dmagazine.com.

Nominating doctors must:

  • Have a valid Texas Bar number.
  • Currently practice within our geographic boundaries (view here).
  • Limit their nominations to a maximum of three lawyers per category (up to two lawyers outside their firm and one within their firm).

STEP 2

+ VETTING PROCESS

Votes are tallied and sorted by D Magazine’s editorial staff.

The staff does not count:

  • Self-nominations
  • Duplicate ballots
  • Nominees outside of our geographic boundaries (view here).

STEP 3

+ INDEPENDENT PANEL REVIEW

The remaining votes are vetted by an anonymous panel of esteemed lawyers. The panel changes every year to ensure consideration is impartial.

D Magazine editors finalize the list by verifying each doctor’s:

  • Law license
  • Disciplinary status
  • Age (all winners must be under the age of 40 throughout the calendar year of the award)
  • Length of practice (lawyers must have a minimum of five years’ experience)

STEP 4

+ NOTIFICATION

We mail and email congratulations letters to the Best Lawyers Under 40.

After notification, our sales team is allowed to view the list and offer advertising opportunities to winners.

We play fair:

  • Advertising dollars have zero impact on the creation of this list.
  • Best Lawyers Under 40 are featured in our January issue and marked as a Best in our online directory whether they advertise or not.

2021 Winners

FAQ

Who is eligible for this award?

Nominees must be under the age of 40 through December 31, 2021. 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 as of December 31, 2020.

Who can nominate the Best Lawyers Under 40?

Any licensed lawyer (of any age) within these listed areas. Link to Geographical Boundaries.

How do I make a nomination?

Click here to nominate.

When will winners be announced?

Winners will be notified by mail and email in late September of 2020 and featured in the January 2021 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 2021 issue regardless of advertising purchase.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, contact Aileen Jimenez here.

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