In mid-January 2020, we mailed surveys to 6,700 licensed lawyers who are currently practicing in Hillsborough County. We obtained this list from the Florida Bar in late December 2019.
We asked the lawyers to nominate the peers they believe to be the best in 86 different practice areas, then return the surveys in anonymous prepaid return envelopes or online using their randomly assigned, unique survey number. The online surveys require the unique survey number, and each survey number can be used only once. We then tally the votes from the mail-in and online surveys to compile this list.