My email brought a note from a website called Best Attorneys Online congratulating me on my new rankings as a “Best Attorney” and inviting me to download a “winners seal” to add to my website and email signature. I was honored, particularly because I was ranked as among the best in three different states — not one of which I am admitted to practice in or have ever set foot in.


My rankings on Best Attorneys Online

According to Best Attorneys Online, I am the:

  • 9th best Internet lawyer in Arkansas.
  • 12th best Internet lawyer in Alabama.
  • 13th best Internet lawyer in Alaska.

As far as I know, all I have in common with these states is that our names all start with the letter “A.” For that reason, I am somewhat offended not to also have been rated a best lawyer in the only remaining A state, Arizona. At least I’ve been to Arizona, although it’s been a few years.

I wondered how this site arrives at its rankings. The only explanation I could find was this:

[W]e rank law firms based on what we have found in our research to be some of the most respectable and dedicated law teams in the United States.

OK, that explains it. Their research led them to conclude that I am a top attorney in Arkansas, Alabama and Alaska. Apparently, their research skipped right over the part where I say that I am a “Massachusetts lawyer.”

At any rate, I am honored by this ranking. Now that I am among the best lawyers in Arkansas, I will have to look into getting admitted and starting a practice there. At least my winners seal will give me a head start in my marketing.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.