HOW A FIRM IS SELECTED AS A GO-TO LAW FIRM FOR THE TOP 500 COMPANIES
Go-To Firms for the company’s law firms are extracted from the Who Represents Corporate America feature that appears in the September issue of Corporate Counsel magazine and an October issue of The National Law Journal.
To determine which law firms represent America's largest corporations, ALM Legal Intelligence searches public records such as Lexis CourtLink to find outside counsel used by the Fortune 500 across key litigation areas (with corresponding NOS codes):
•Contracts Litigation (110-196)
•Labor Litigation (710-791)
•Torts Litigation (240, 245, 310-385)
•Intellectual Property Litigation (820, 840)
•Patent Prosecution (830)
•Securities Law (850)
•Labor / Employment law (442, 445)
PACER data includes access to U.S. district civil courts. For contracts litigation we included categories such as insurance and contract product liability, while for torts litigation, we included personal injury and personal property. Included in our labor litigation search categories were the Fair Labor Standards Act and other labor-related suits, while intellectual property litigation encompassed copyrights, patents, and trademarks.
Research for Go-To law firms is conducted in July, and looks at a calendar year time period (January to December) for the previous year.