If you made the list, congratulations. If you didn't, well, better luck in the next edition.

The biennial survey of "The Best Lawyers in America" will be published next month, but the Deseret News has been given a sneak preview of the ranking, which its publishers contend has become "a widely respected resource used by both lawyers and clients to identify the nation's top legal talent."First published in 1983, the national listing - actually a book - has swelled to include 11,501 lawyers of whom 97 practice in Utah.

The authors, Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, both Harvard-educated lawyers, contend their survey of the best and the brightest has high credibility because the evaluations of the attorneys are done by their peers.

Polling for the 1991-92 edition involved some 29,000 pieces of correspondence and 13,500 phone calls. Lawyers were asked to evaluate the best attorneys in their geographic area practicing the same legal specialty - a total of 16 categories.

Some lawyers who were in previous editions of the book are, for various reasons including death and retirement, no longer listed. The list, say the authors, "is designed to be a current reference work - a picture of the legal profession at a given moment - not a monument to reputations."

In Utah, the firm of Parsons, Behle & Latimer appears most often, 13 times, followed by Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy, nine times, and Watkiss & Saperstein, six times. Some attorneys are cited in more than one category. Unless otherwise noted, all firms are based in Salt Lake City.

Bankruptcy Law - Peter W. Billings Jr. - Fabian & Clendenin; William G. Fowler - Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy; Ralph R. Mabey - LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae; Robert D. Merrill - Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy; Herschel J. Saperstein - Watkiss & Saperstein; Alan L. Smith - private practice.

Business Litigation - Daniel L. Berman - Berman & O'Rorke; Robert S. Campbell Jr. - Campbell, Maack & Sessions; Harold G. Christensen - Snow, Christensen & Martineau; Stephen G. Crockett - Giauque, Crockett & Bendinger; Richard W. Giauque - Giauque, Crockett & Bendinger; Gordon L. Roberts - Parsons, Behle & Latimer; David K. Watkiss Sr. - Watkiss & Saperstein.

Corporate Law - Don B. Allen - Ray, Quinney & Nebeker; Robert M. Anderson - Anderson & Watkins; Peter W. Billings Jr. - Fabian & Clendenin; Edward W. Clyde - Clyde, Pratt & Snow; Donald B. Holbrook - Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough; Wilford W. Kirton Jr. - Kirton, McConkie & Poelman; James B. Lee - Parsons, Behle & Latimer; David E. Salisbury - Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy; Alonzo W. Watson Jr. - Ray, Quinney & Nebeker; M. Scott Woodland - Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy.

Criminal Defense - Brian R. Florence - Florence and Hutchison, Ogden; John Blair Hutchison - Florence and Hutchison, Ogden; D. Gilbert Athay - private practice; Stephen R. McCaughey - Hatch and McCaughey; G. Fred Metos - Yengich, Rich, Xaiz & Metos; Ronald J. Yengich - Yengich, Rich, Xaiz & Metos.

Family Law - Brian R. Florence - Florence and Hutchison, Ogden; James P. Cowley - Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy; B.L. Dart - Dart, Adamson & Kasting; David S. Dolowitz - Cohne, Rappaport & Segal; Frank J. Gustin - Gustin, Green, Stegall & Liapis; Kent M. Kasting - Dart, Adamson & Kasting; Clark W. Sessions - Campbell Mack & Sessions.

First Amendment Law - Robert M. Anderson - Anderson & Watkins; Randy Dryer - Parsons, Behle & Latimer; D. Miles Holman - Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough; Thomas R. Karrenberg - Anderson & Watkins; David B. Watkiss - Watkiss & Saperstein.

Immigration Law - Arnold G. Gardner Jr. - Littlefield & Peterson; David E. Littlefield - Littlefield & Peterson; Oscar W. McConkie III - Kirton, McConkie & Bushnell.

Intellectual Property Law - William S. Britt - Trask, Britt & Rossa; Allen R. Jensen - Workman, Nydeger & Jensen; Rick D. Nydeger - Workman, Nydeger & Jensen; David V. Trask - Trask, Britt & Rossa; H. Ross Workman - Workman, Nydeger & Jensen; Calvin E. Thorpe - Thorpe, North & Western, Sandy.

Labor & Employment Law - Stephen W. Cook - Cook & Wilde, Midvale; David A. Anderson - Parsons, Behle & Latimer; Elizabeth Dunning - Watkiss & Saperstein; Nathan J. Fullmer - private practice; Gordon L. Roberts - Parsons, Behle & Latimer; A. Wally Sandack, private practice; Janet Hugie Smith - Ray, Quinney & Nebeker; Ronald F. Sysak - Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler; Keith E. Taylor - Parsons, Behle & Latimer; Charles H. Thronson - Parsons, Behle & Latimer; Robert M. Yeates - Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler.

Natural Resources & Environmental Law - Stephen G. Boyden - private practice; Edward W. Clyde - Clyde, Pratt & Snow; Patrick J. Garver - Parsons, Behle & Latimer; Oliver W. Gushee Jr. - Pruitt, Gushee & Bachtell; James A. Holtkamp - Davis, Graham & Stubbs; Dallin W. Jensen - Parsons, Behle & Latimer; Lee Kapaloski - Parsons, Behle & Latimer; James B. Lee - Parsons, Behle & Latimer; Joseph Novak - Snow, Christensen & Martineau; Clayton J. Parr - Kimball, Parr, Waddoups, Brown & Gee; Robert G. Pruitt Jr. - Pruitt, Gushee & Bachtell; Richard K. Sager - Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy; Gregory P. Williams - Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy.

Personal Injury Litigation - Richard W. Campbell - Campbell & Neeley, Ogden; David S. Kunz - Kunz, Kunz & Hadley, Ogden; Jackson B. Howard - Howard, Lewis & Petersen, Provo; Harold G. Christensen - Snow, Christensen & Martineau; Ray R. Christensen - Christensen, Jensen & Powell; Glenn C. Hanni - Strong & Hanni; Carman E. Kipp - Kipp and Christian; Stephen B. Nebeker - Ray, Quinney & Nebeker; Gordon L. Roberts - Parsons, Behle & Latimer; David K. Watkiss Sr. - Watkiss & Saperstein; W. Brent Wilcox - Wilcox, Dewsnup & King.

Public Utility Law - Gregory B. Monson - Watkiss & Saperstein; F. Robert Reeder - Parsons, Behle & Latimer.

Real Estate Law - Charles L. Maak - Maak & Maak; Reed L. Martineau - Snow, Christensen & Martineau; Denis Roy Morrill - Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler.

Tax & Employee Benefits Law - K. Jay Holdsworth - Holdsworth, Vogel & Swenson; David E. Salisbury - Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy; William Vogel - Holdsworth, Vogel & Swenson.

Trusts & Estates - Clark P. Giles - Ray, Quinney & Nebeker; K. Jay Holdsworth - Holdsworth, Vogel & Swenson; David E. Salisbury - Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy; William Vogel - Holdsworth, Vogel & Swenson.