The A-List, published annually in July, is based on rankings taken from four ALM surveys conducted throughout the year. Both revenue per lawyer and pro bono ranks are taken from the Am Law 200 (The American Lawyer), while the Diversity Scorecard (The Minority Law Journal) and the Mid level Associates Survey (The American Lawyer) provide the diversity and associate satisfaction ranks, respectively. The A-List formula provides a collective measurement of the most successful and committed firms in the United States. Data fields include:
* A-List Rank
* Firm Name and Location
* Overall A-List Score
* Revenue Per Lawyer Score and Rank
* Pro Bono Score and Rank
* Midlevel Associates Score and Rank
* Diversity Score and Rank
To be named of the 20 firms on the prestigious A-List, The American Lawyer starts with the rankings from four different surveys that rated firms' performances for the previous fiscal year. Firm rankings are converted to points by inverting the score. The values are then weighted to find the overall scores. The following are the four components of The A-List: Revenue Per Lawyer, Pro Bono, Associate Satisfaction, and Diversity.
NB: The true A-List consists of the first 20 ranked firms as published in The American Lawyer. Entire list comprises 200 firms and is available in the ALM Legal Intelligence database, however firms 21-200 are listed as relative ranking and shown for illustrative purposes only.