Illustration by Michael Newhouse
We’ll admit, legal dramas like CSI or John Grisham’s latest are entertaining. As for how informative they are when it comes to navigating real-life legal situations, well, we wouldn’t stake our future on it.
When faced with a legal predicament—from applying for a patent to maneuvering through a merger, suing for workers’ comp, or filing a medical malpractice suit—talking to the real experts is the way to go. Search yellowpages.com, however, and you quickly realize that some counseling might be in order just to decide on the appropriate legal counsel.
So to recognize the nation’s most outstanding attorneys and to help with your search, Woodward/White—publisher of Best Lawyers®, the oldest peer-review publication in the profession—confidentially surveys attorneys each year and asks them to rate their peers. St. Louis Magazine then publishes the portion that’s pertinent to our region, both to highlight those deemed outstanding by their colleagues and to help offer guidance.
Now, we know what you’re thinking: “Can lawyers pay to be on this list?” The answer: No. Inclusion means the attorneys’ peers have deemed them to be particularly worthy among the St. Louis legal community.
When it comes to law and order, we play by the book.