U.S. News & World Report. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America list. Earlier this year NARF Executive Director John E. Echohawk and Staff Attorney Melody McCoy were recognized in the 21st Edition of Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Native American Law. The Best Lawyers publications annually highlight attorneys who are highly respected in their fields. Selection is made though surveys in which attorneys confidentially evaluate their peers, and attorneys are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the annual lists.