Best Law Firm Websites, 2014 Edition

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We have a winner! After more than 10,000 votes, the winner (by just 161 votes) is Kith + Kin. Congratulations!

Out of over 50 nominations, we have narrowed the field down to the ten best. There were many good nominations, but the top ten are some really excellent, responsive websites.

Responsive web design turned out to play a big factor in getting to the top ten. A responsive website should look good on any screen, from a big desktop display to a smartwatch. Law websites still have a way to go on this, though. Many great-looking nominations — including some websites built in the last year — wound up in the discard pile because they are not responsive.

Apart from responsiveness, however, I will not explain the criteria I used to pick these ten websites. Great website design is in the eye of the beholder, and it is up to you to take a look and decide which you like best, according to whatever criteria is meaningful to you. Lobby for your favorites in the comments, or tell us why we’ve done a horrible job coming up with this year’s top ten.

Without further ado, the top ten …

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  • Luis

    I would go for the 1 st three websites.

  • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

    I’m quite certain that not everyone would place SEO qualities — if it were even possible to rate such a thing — as the most-important quality of a website. I certainly don’t.

    What do you mean by “ease this challenge by showing their www address?” You can visit each site by clicking on the thumbnail image of the site or the name of the firm. (FYI, all red text on Lawyerist is a link.)

  • Inez Petersen, J.D.

    Regarding Dickstein Shapiro’s website – Instead of 2 flags, I suggest the scales of justice.

    • Cyndy M

      I think scales of justice would be too cliche. (Maybe you were kidding?)

      • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

        I sure hope she was kidding.

  • qning

    Rather than clicking through the slides can you just make all the sites pop up in different windows? And by all I mean all 50.

    • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

      I don’t know how to do that.

  • Larry Port

    Low bar. None of these are that awesome, IMO.

    • Luke Rubenstein

      Can you show us which ones you think are awesome?

      • John

        I came across this on on LinkedIn…. I think it should of been considered for top 10. http://www.scarincihollenbeck.com

        • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

          That’s pretty! I hope someone nominates it next year.

          • John

            Looks like they went live a day late for this competition. Interesting law firm, they do all their development in house. I noticed they won and award for their constitutionallawreporter.com too.

    • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

      Then nominate some better ones next year, Mr. Snootypants.

  • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

    I think I need to clarify something, here. There are over 1.2 million licensed attorneys in the United States. About 75% of those are in private practice, and about half of those — or about 450,000 lawyers — are solos (source). I’m guessing that means there are somewhere around half a million law firms out there.

    Even if we assume only half of those have a website, that means there are hundreds of thousands of law firm websites. We cannot possibly comb through so many.

    Instead, we rely on our readers to nominate websites for our contest. From the nominations, we pick the top ten.

    In other words, these are the top websites from those that were nominated by our readers. If these are not the ten best law firm websites, overall, it is because our readers did not nominate better ones.

    So if you don’t think these are the best, nominate better ones next year.

    (By the way, despite your belief that you can do better on your own, your website would not have made the top ten.)

    • Michael Haltman

      A little bit snarky Sam particularly since I think you misunderstood my comment.

      What I said, and I believe what you did not understand, is that we can all improve upon our own websites (‘we can all do better on our own’ meaning improve our own websites)

      My comment, in other words, was meant as supporting the idea that we can all learn something from others.

      Read the comment a little bit more slowly and this time go for comprehension!

      And not for nothing I think your comment was meant only as an insult with no redeeming qualities that I can find.

      • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

        I agree that your comment was as clear as mud.

        • Michael Haltman

          I accept your apology.

          • John

            Typical response from Sam Glover. He runs a decent website here, but I only assume he is a pain in practice given his consistently demonstrated wrong assumptions and sneer.

            • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

              Wrong assumptions and sneer?

              Well, okay, I do sneer a bit. Here is the link Mr. Haltman wanted to include with his original comment. I think it is sneer-worthy, but maybe you differ.

              As for wrong assumptions, Mr. Haltman’s comment was hardly clearly-worded. “… we can all do better on our own” is ambiguous, at best. I assumed he meant “we can all do better on our own, without a designer” rather than “we can all do better on our own websites” because the tone of his post suggests he considers himself something of an authority on website design.

              My bad, I guess.

              Please link me to my other wrong assumptions and sneer that lead you to call those “consistently demonstrated.” I’d like to collect them in one place.

  • Anne Catherine Harvey

    Modus & Kilth Kin. The others didn’t even deserve a click. K& K is pared down. I would hope they have a meaty blog somewhere. Modus dares to ditch the pretense that lawyers are intellectuals. Guess what? Nwe’re not.

    • Jef Moddejonge

      Thanks! Alas, there isn’t no meaty Kith + Kin blog as of yet. That’s set to be launched on March 1st. We are definitely not all high brow, thankfully. “Accessibility” was something we made a strong effort to convey in our branding, so far it seems to have worked.

    • guest-lawyer

      Really you didn’t like Bradley M. Collins??? I was wondering your opinion on that site :)

      • http://Www.lawfirmanneharvey.com/ Anne Catherine Harvey

        I hope this isn’t Mr. Collins & I’ve managed to insult him!
        It’s a nice site. The Spanish is an excellent idea. I just like the others better.

        • guest lawyer

          No it is not him. :)

  • Dennis Hernandez

    Thanks for review Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA’s website. The site didn’t make it to the top 10, but we are honor for being nominated.

    • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

      Three things.

      1. Dropping a spammy link in your comment is lame. I removed it.

      2. I’m going to assume you’ve hired a foreign “SEO” company to handle your online marketing, given the errors in this comment and the spammy link.

      3. I’m guessing your website was nominated the the same online marketing company. If so, that was a violation of our (really, quite simple) contest rules. Extra lame.

      That’s too bad, because while your website probably would not have made our top ten (it’s not responsive, for one thing, and it’s also pretty template-y), there is nothing much wrong with it.

  • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

    It’s a good-looking site. The main reason it didn’t make it to the top 10 is that the Windows 8 / Metro style was done in our contest last year.

    It’s also pretty busy, though. It’s hard to see just what you want a visitor to do.

    So I think it’s a good-looking site, but it could use some refinement. If it’s not converting visitors like you would hope, it’s probably worth doing.

    • http://www.LawyerMarkJones.com/ Mark Jones

      Thanks for the feedback, Sam!

      I actually set out to make a better metro site than last year’s metro site. So it’s funny you should mention last year’s site, which is a great site by the way.

      As far as conversions, I have not had any problem with that. But I do tend to agree it needs refinement. I just launched it last November and like anything, it takes some polishing. Again, I appreciate the feedback!

      Mark

  • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

    Overall, I just think the design is a bit off. Partly it is dated, and partly it is because the logo and color scheme, the font choice, those buttons — everything feels just a bit off.

    If you wanted to improve it, I would start with a new color scheme and a re-think of your website’s design. A new logo (or just a refresh) wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.

  • Jonathan Kleiman

    Kleiman law! (biased)

    • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

      It’s a nice site based on ZigZagWP, but I think you missed an opportunity by not picking a big, beautiful “hero” image for the front page.

      • Jonathan Kleiman

        Thanks Sam! I had one, but I ultimately got rid of it to focus on the other content. I really appreciate your comment!

      • JK

        Ok so I added an image for the front page. Does it look silly?

        • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

          I must have missed it. Sorry for my lateness in getting to your comment.

  • static

    The contest is fixed. Fixed!!! How is it possible my website didn’t make the top ten. It’s the best website ever. It’s cool. It’s hot. It’s happening. It’s spiffarooni. There is nudity and scratch and sniff, emitting a different odor every time. Plus, it’s uber responsive, and can sense when the person looking at it isn’t really a client with suitcases of money, in which case it reverts to this lame, circa 1987 website to scare the cheapskate away. It won’t even let you see the nudity. Ha! Like I’m going to waste nudity on a deadbeat.
    Now tell that that’s not the most awesome website ever? Yes, it is, and Sam sucks for ignoring me just because it would humiliate all the other law firms who aren’t nearly as cool as I am.

    • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

      You’re just sore because we didn’t invite you to speak at our Reinvent the Future of New Normal Conference.

    • http://gyitsakalakis.com/ Gyi Tsakalakis

      spiffarooni – added to dictionary.

  • http://stephanhov.com/ Stephan Hovnanian

    Which sites have the best conversion? I’ll vote for them. Otherwise I’m seeing only homepages, which I might not see if I came to the site through search or a blog post.

  • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

    It’s a nice-looking site. Well done.

    And it looks like you’ve got a plugin that reformats the site on phones. That’s part of the way to being responsive, and it’s a good option for a DIY site.

    So yeah, nice job.

    • http://www.rcmlawgroup.com/ Emily Hall

      Thanks Sam! I used wix’s mobile optimization option for the site and I thought the site looked pretty good on mobile, though it is a bit clunky to get around in. Looked at the nominated sites on my phone and I now have a better understanding of responsive design. I really like the mobile look at Kith & Kin.

      • Mark

        Nice Job Emily, likewise I use Wix and the mobile thing works pretty good. The Wix editor can be a pain but it also lets me test design approaches quickly too.

  • CyndyMcC

    Kudos to Kith + Kin! And thank you, Sam, for holding the contest. It is great to see law firms moving past the boring gray and blue.

  • Hailie Durrett

    These websites are great to look at and use as inspiration! I am in the process of working on Durrett Law Firm’s online presence (website, social media, engagement, etc), and this list is giving me some great ideas. Here’s what we have so far: http://www.durrettlaw.com/

    I’ve used squarespace as the host and I have loved everything about it thus far. It’s great and very user friendly.

  • Rachel

    How do you nominate a site for this competition?

    • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

      Keep an eye out for our call for nominations next January.

  • http://www.LawFirmAnneHarvey.com Anne Catherine Harvey

    Told you so told you so told you so! I knew K&K rocked the moment I saw it! I’ve got a good eye. Wonder why my website (http://www.lawfirmanneharvey.com) is so bad?

    Great real estate here in Rightsville!

  • http://www.defendingdefenders.com Russell Shinn

    I’m a little late to the corner, but would welcome comments about my site, http://www.defendingdefenders.com. I launched it on 3 March (but imported some blog posts from my old personal site), as I just retired from the Marine Corps and opened my own practice. I’ll definitely be tweaking it in the future, using some of these sites as inspiration. Thanks!

  • http://www.duilawdefense.com Jonathan Blecher

    What is your opinion of the Scorpion Design company from California? I changed over to them after PPH (Pengiun, Panda, Hummingbird) and am holding on to see results.

  • floppyfluke

    I also think this competition is rigged. How can http://kithandkinlaw.com/ be the best thats out there? Holy mother its horrendous.

    • http://samglover.net/ Sam Glover

      It’s definitely not “rigged,” but since voting determined the winner, it’s possible that Kith + Kin won due to its massive push for votes rather than the greatness of its website.

      I’m not sure we’ll use voting in the future. Or at least it won’t be the only way to win.

    • http://www.barkingbirdmedia.com Greg Borchardt

      Agreed – kit and kin law is horrible. How anyone can determine that it is the best on any list is beyond me.