Seventh annual rating features new tool for identifying central Ohio's premier lawyers and their practice specialties.

A good lawyer is one of the best tools a business can have, and often more than one is needed.

Specialization allows attorneys to get really good in a particular kind of practice, while limiting their expertise in other areas. That means the lawyer you used last year to finesse a merger is probably not the right one to help collect your overdue accounts. The good news is Columbus is teeming with great lawyers, providing lots of options for finding just the right one for all your business and personal needs.

>>Download our 2015 Top Lawyers listing


Just as the lawyers themselves are great business tools, luckily, there are also a variety of tools to help sort through the voluminous listings to find the right lawyer for the task at hand. Some of those tools rate and rank lawyers using various criteria.

In this seventh annual Top Lawyers feature, Columbus CEO has opted to use a new tool to identify highly skilled attorneys across central Ohio.

This year, we turned to Avvo, a Seattle-based company that rates and profiles attorneys nationwide. Avvo uses a proprietary algorithm to rate attorneys on a 10-point scale, factoring in peer endorsements as well as experience, education, training, speaking, publishing and awards. These dynamic ratings are continuously refreshed based on new information gleaned from attorneys as well as from licensing and disciplinary authorities.

While the list in the pages that follow is wide-ranging and carefully researched, many good attorneys don't appear on the list. This reference is best used as just one step in the careful journey toward finding the attorney who is right for you and your business.

Our alphabetical listing by firm name shows one or two primary practice areas for each lawyer. This year's Top Lawyers were rated at 8 and above on Avvo's 10-point scale at the time of our publication deadline, but the ratings may change as new information becomes available. More information can be found at Avvo.com.

To the lawyers on our list-congratulations! Your Avvo rating puts you in elite company.