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How does D Magazine determine which lawyers make the list?

To compile our list of the best 502 lawyers in Dallas, we asked lawyers with a valid Texas bar number to visit dmagazine.com and nominate two lawyers outside their firm and one within their firm across all voting categories, keeping the following question in mind: which Dallas lawyers, of those whose work you have witnessed firsthand, would you rank among the current best? Answers may include co-counsel, lawyers observed in court, and opposing counsel. Self-nominations were not counted. Spych Market Analytics processed the votes and created a statistical algorithm to determine the cutoff. Then, a panel of eminent lawyers evaluated the Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014 list. The panel’s anonymity was assured, so the lawyers could speak freely about issues that would only be known within the legal community. Any additions made by the panel are represented with an asterisk. After the list was complete, a copy was turned over to our sales staff. The sales department cannot add 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. No one can buy an ad in the special section unless he or she is included on this list.

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