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December 3, 2019

Motley Rice recognized in 13 “Elite Trial Lawyers” categories

ALM and The National Trial Lawyers recognized Motley Rice in 13 categories for its 2020 Elite Trial Lawyers award. Among the categories, Jodi Westbrook Flowers was included as one of 11 Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar. Motley Rice co-founder Joe Rice was also announced as a winner of the Elite Trial Lawyers Lifetime Achievement, along with Paul Hanly of Simmons Hanly Conroy. The winners of the remaining categories will be announced during a ceremony in January.

Motley Rice was recognized as a finalist for Law Firm of the Year in the following categories: 

  • Antitrust
  • Class Actions
  • Consumer Protection
  • Financial Products
  • Insurance Liability
  • Mass Torts
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals Litigation
  • Privacy/Data Breach
  • Products Liability
  • Securities Litigation

The award considered achievements from August 1, 2018 to October 1, 2019. View all the finalists.

About the 2020 Elite Trial Lawyers

According to ALM,  the 2020 finalists “demonstrated repeated success in cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs over the last 15 months. They also possess a solid track record of client wins over the past three to five years.” A “significant win” means prevailing in a bench or jury trial or in a major settlement in which the stakes are high; for example, a substantial amount of money is involved or the outcome potentially affects litigation strategy or the results in similar cases.

Additionally, according to ALM, “While the categories are very similar to past years, 2020 marks the official launch of a strategic partnership between ALM and The National Trial Lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers is a membership organization of civil plaintiffs and criminal defense attorneys, offering education and networking as well as recognition programs for the top lawyers in the plaintiff and criminal defense bar across the country. ALM’s new 2020 partnership with NTL allowed the company to expand its reach to new organizations and geographies. Our Elite Trial Lawyers awards maintain the same prestige as they’ve always had, spotlighting industry-leading plaintiffs lawyers and firms.”

The Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar Award “celebrates women lawyers who have consistently excelled in high-stakes matters on behalf of plaintiffs across their careers and within the last year.”

The Elite Trial Lawyers Lifetime Achievement Award “recognizes the outstanding trial lawyer who has made a significant impact on the legal community and the practice of law over an entire career.” The award’s recipients have also “helped shape the legal industry through visionary leadership and have had an extraordinary impact on society and the profession on behalf of plaintiffs year in and year out.”