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Updated FAQs For They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40, 2022 Edition

Dec. 9, 2021, 2:00 PM

We look forward to receiving your nominations for the 2022 edition of “They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40.” Here are some answers to frequently asked questions that you may find helpful.

Can Candidates Who Have Been Featured in the “They’ve Got Next” Editorial Series Be Considered for the “40 Under 40?” Are Their Chances Impacted?

The “They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40” submission process is distinct from the selection of candidates for the recurring, practice-focused editorial series. Firms, companies and non-profits may nominate a candidate for “They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40” who has been featured in the editorial series if they prefer. Being featured in the former will not impact consideration for the latter.

To apply for “They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40,” send your submissions to To suggest young lawyers for the ongoing editorial series only, please reach out to Lisa Helem (

How Many Attorneys Can We Nominate For This Award?

A firm, company or non-profit may nominate one attorney. A second attorney from the same firm, company or non-profit may be nominated by a peer, a client or self-nominate. That nomination should come directly from the nominator. We will consider a maximum of two attorneys per employer for this contest.

Will Late or Incomplete Submissions Be Considered?

Yes, late applications will be considered in a limited instance for 2022. On Friday, March 4, we extended the deadline for this contest from the original deadline of 8 p.m. on Monday, March 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 14. Nominations received after the original deadline, but before the extended deadline will still be considered timely.

We will not consider incomplete submissions. For nominations to be considered complete, they must conform to the criteria and arrive in completed form (meaning with all recommendation letters) in the submissions inbox on or before 8 p.m. EST on Monday, March 14.

How Should We Submit Recommendation Letters?

Two recommendations for “They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40” candidates should be submitted with the nomination package on or before the deadline. Once nominations are complete, please send all materials to at the same time.

Will Nominations With Less Than Two Letters of Recommendation Be Considered?

No. We will only consider completed submissions that contain two letters of recommendation.

Will Recommendation Letters Be Weighted Differently Depending on the Source?

Nominators should send their two strongest letters of support on behalf of nominees. Firms and companies may choose to provide two letters from clients, a mix of letters (i.e. one client and one attorney mentor) or some other combination. The judges will evaluate all recommendation letters – whether they come from clients, partner mentors, practice group leaders or other attorneys – in the same way.

If a Colleague or a Client is the Nominator, Must That Person Write One of the Two Letters of Recommendation?

No. There’s no requirement on this. We just encourage nominators to submit the two strongest letters of recommendation they can obtain on behalf of nominees.

Can We Provide Confidential Information?

We ask that nominators refrain from including confidential information in submissions. All materials submitted for the nomination, including letters of recommendation, will be considered on the record, with the exception of personal details like birth dates. Bloomberg Law editors retain the right to use any materials submitted, with the exception of birth dates, for publication, should a candidate be selected as an honoree.

When Will They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40 Run?

The special report is slated for summer 2022. Further details will be provided to prospective honorees and their nominating firms, companies or non-profits just ahead of publication.

For any other questions, please only email A member of our team will respond within 24 hours. Thank you.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lisa Helem at