Throughout the year, Georgia Trend publishes several special lists. Many readers have called and written asking how to nominate candidates for these lists. Here’s the scoop.


Georgian of the Year/100 Most Influential Georgians

Honorees in these annual features, which appear together in January, are selected exclusively by the Georgia Trend editorial staff based on our own knowledge and observations of the state’s power structure. The same holds true for the Notables list that accompanies them.

Although we don’t take nominations for this honor, we’re happy to consider serious suggestions. Feel free to email them to us at

Legacy Leaders

Nominations for Legacy Leaders are now closed.

As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Georgia Trend, we want to recognize leaders from around the state who have had an impact over the past three and a half decades – especially leaders who may have worked behind the scenes or not received the recognition they should.

The ideal Legacy Leader continues to make his or her part of Georgia a better place for all of us to live and work, or, perhaps, is someone whose contribution wasn’t recognized at the time, but it lives on.

We want to hear from you about these leaders, who will be honored in the September 2020 issue.

Nominations will be accepted Monday, Feb. 3 through 5 p.m. Friday, May 15.

The nomination period has now closed. Looks for our honorees in our 35th anniversary issue coming this September.

40 Under 40

The nomination period for the 2021 40 Under 40 will be March 1, 2021 through April 23, 2021 at 5 pm.

Each year Georgia Trend honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2021, we want to hear about them.

The ideal candidate is someone who is successful in his or her profession and is passionate about community service. There are a few cases in which a day job alone is enough of a qualification, but the state is filled with people who excel from 9 to 5. We’re looking for those whose involvement and commitment goes well beyond what they are paid to do.

We do accept multiple nominations for individuals, and nominations may include backup material such as resumes or letters of recommendation.

The nomination period for the 2021 40 under 40 will open March 1, 2021. So mark your calendar to check our website after that date.


Legal Elite

Nominations for the 2020 Legal Elite are now closed.

Who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Each December, Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing highlights the state’s most effective lawyers, as chosen by their peers, in 16 different practice areas.

To vote, you must be an attorney who lives and practices in Georgia and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. You may not vote for yourself, but you may vote for attorneys in your own firm, as long as you vote for an equal or greater number of attorneys outside of the firm.

Nominations for the 2020 Legal Elite are now closed. The Legal Elite honorees will be in our December 2020 issue.

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