Top 100

Lawyer of the Year

As independent practitioners, advocates and advisers, members of the Bar influence the functioning of the country’s legal industry and contribute to the evolution of law.

Sub Categories

  • Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption
  • Anti-Trust & Competition Law
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets & Securities Laws
  • Consumer Protection
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Corporate Governance
  • Anti-Dumping
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Defence & Aerospace
  • E-Commerce
  • Energy (Renewable & Conventional)
  • Environment
  • Fintech
  • Foreign Investment
  • Franchising / Licensing Agreements/ Distributorship Agreements
  • Immigration
  • Joint Ventures
  • Labour & Employment
  • Infrastructure & Projects
  • Insolvency & Bankruptcy
  • Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
  • Litigation
  • Media & Broadcasting
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Oil & Gas
  • Outsourcing Arrangements
  • Telecommunications
  • White Collar Crime
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Privatization & Divestment
  • Project Finance
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Sports & Entertainment
  • Start-ups practice
  • Taxation (Direct & Indirect)
  • Technology Law
  • Workplace Discrimination and POSH
  • Academics


  • The nominations are open to all lawyers in India.
  • The nominee should be a licensed lawyer enrolled in any State Bar in India.
  • The nominee should be an Indian citizen.
  • The date of the nominee’s enrolment with any State Bar should be less than 10 years ago as on 31st October, 2020.

Assessment Criteria

Submissions will be judged on the basis of responses to the following questions along with the supporting and additional material. Kindly answer each question in 500 words max:

  • Provide details of your professional achievements/outstanding work in your area of practice/specialization from 1st April, 2019 to 30th September, 2020.
  • What sets you apart as a leader in your field of practice? In addition to positive client outcomes, what does being a successful lawyer mean to you?
  • How have you contributed to the growth and progress of the wider legal community?

Mandatory Information

Kindly provide the following details to enhance your submission:

  • Upload a high-resolution picture, preferably a headshot.
  • Upload a high-resolution company logo, if applicable.
  • Name of the organization you work at. Mention the size of the company/firm.
  • In which year did you enter the legal industry?
  • Which State Bar are you registered with? Provide registration number.
  • Kindly mention the current and past practice areas of law that you have specialized in.
  • List all your professional qualifications, courses and degrees (can be in any field, not just legal).
  • Are you currently a member of any law association(s)? If yes, then kindly specify the name(s).
  • Kindly list any external groups, associations, boards or bodies that you are a member of.
  • Have you done any pro-bono work? If yes, then kindly provide details

Optional Supporting Material

You could provide the following supporting documents:

  • References, testimonials
  • Media coverage, statistics and data reports and/or financial or business metrics to support your nomination.
  • Submit an optional short video, up to 30 seconds long, in which you talk about “What Featuring in the Top List of Forbes means to me.”