The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys uses a thorough selection process to determine the top criminal defense attorneys in each state. With thousands of attorneys in each state, the NACDA's rigorous, independent selection process resolves the challenge of attorneys claiming to be "the best" without basis for such claims. For the accused, finding a well-qualified criminal defense attorney is imperative, and the NACDA's process leaves no doubt as to whom the preeminent criminal defense attorneys are:
- The attorneys who make the NACDA list must first be nominated by a licensed practicing attorney or one of our in-house research staff members.
- Second, the NACDA research staff verifies the nominated individuals meet the minimum requirements of membership in the NACDA.
- The NACDA processing committee selects a portion of the nominated attorneys to advance to the final selection stage.