Award Methodology

AmLaw Litigation Daily Trial Lawyer Kingpings
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American Association for Justice David S. Shrager President's Award
The David S. Shrager President’s Award recognizes an AAJ member who has demonstrated former AAJ President David Shrager’s (1983-84) passion for the law and trial bar, and who has made an outstanding contribution to civil justice and to the work of AAJ. 
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American Association for Justice F. Scott Baldwin Award
According to the AAJ, "the F. Scott Baldwin Award was established to honor and recognize F. Scott Baldwin of Marshall, Texas, a world-renowned trial lawyer, whose efforts have produced outstanding damage awards for injured victims and their families. The F. Scott Baldwin Award is presented in recognition of the legendary degree of excellence and compassion that Scott Baldwin has brought to the profession and the significant time he has invested in training, preparing and encouraging lawyers to the profession of trial law.” 
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American Association for Justice Hall of Fame Award 
According to the AAJ, the Hall of Fame Award is "presented posthumously to an AAJ member (no sooner than three years after his or her death) whose career made a significant and positive impact on the civil justice system. The Hall of Fame Award honors those who were active, long-time members of AAJ as well as active members of their state trial lawyer associations. Honorees are nominated and evaluated by AAJ’s Stalwarts Hall of Fame Committee for their contributions to the civil justice system; integrity and character; contributions to the public good and welfare; contributions advancing AAJ’s mission and growth; contributions to trial advocacy; and contributions to the legal profession generally. The Stalwarts Committee votes upon and forwards the names of prospective honorees the AAJ Board which votes on the recommended nominations."
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American Association for Justice Minority Caucus Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Soaring Eagle Award
According to the AAJ, "the Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Soaring Eagle Award was established in 1997 and symbolizes the struggle of lawyers of color as they travel the road to personal and professional success. The AAJ Minority Caucus presents this award annually to an attorney who, despite the challenges of his or her own journey, pursues excellence and has made outstanding efforts and contributions to the legal profession in paving the way for others. This award symbolizes the struggles of lawyers of color as they travel down the road to personal and professional success."
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American Association for Justice Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an AAJ member of at least 20 years standing whose courtroom advocacy has, during a distinguished career, significantly advanced the rights of the wrongfully injured, and who by substantial service to AAJ and the trial bar, has significantly furthered the cause of justice and the mission of the Association. 
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Benchmark Litigation
The results of Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Canada, and Benchmark Mexico stem from the culmination of a research period (lasting from four to six months, depending on region) where researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers. Firms cannot pay to be recommended for the guide. Instead, firms have been independently offered the opportunity to take a professional listing regardless of editorial content. Recommendations are based on interviews with the nation’s leading private practice lawyers and in-house counsel.
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Benchmark Plaintiff
The research methodology behind Benchmark Plaintiff mirrors Benchmark Litigation. The rankings and editorials cover all 50 states. The guide’s results are the culmination of a six-month research period that allows our researchers to conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients. 
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Best Lawyers®
The Best Lawyers list is based on a national survey involving more than 4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.
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2012 - 2019 Connecticut Best Lawyers® methodology

U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"
Best Lawyers works with U.S. News & World Report to rank U.S. law firms. The U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on an evaluation process that includes collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers as part of the annual peer review assessment.
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2013 - 2019 Connecticut U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" methodology

Chambers and Partners
Lawyers and law firms are ranked based on several factors and considerations, all of which are investigated by their team of more than 140 researchers.
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Charleston Business Magazine's 50 Most Influential 
According to Charleston Business Magazine, every year the publication honors the 50 Most Influential individuals in the Charleston, S.C., community based on their impact specific to business, government, education, legal, economic development and non-profit sectors. Selections are based on a nomination process and by interviews with key players in an array of business sectors. The Magazine seeks to honor the contributions of these individuals whom have been important in the shaping of the Charleston community landscape now and the future.  
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Charleston Business Magazine's Legal Elite of the Lowcountry
Winners are chosen not by the magazine’s staff but by Charleston area lawyers. According to the magazine, Legal Elite is the only program in the region that gives every active attorney the opportunity to participate. Attorneys are allowed to nominate members of their own firm, but for each in-firm nomination there must also be an out-of-firm nomination. Voters are not allowed to vote for themselves.
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The Connecticut Law Tribune
2018: The Connecticut Law Tribune’s “New Leaders in Law” award, presented through the Tribune’s annual Professional Excellence Awards, was open to law firms of all sizes. The award aimed to spotlight lawyers under the age of 40 who have excelled in a combination of areas, including the courtroom, in client service and cultivation, in service to bar associations and in performing pro bono work or community service in a volunteer capacity. It’s important to note that nominees need not excel in every one of these areas; just a one or two will suffice.
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Corporate Legal Times: The Five Most Respected (And Feared) Plaintiffs’ Attorneys
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Elite Trial Lawyers
2014: The National Law Journal and based their selection of America's Elite Trial Lawyers on a number of factors, including the firm's willingness to take on large cases and persevere in the face of adversity, as well as the impact that the litigation results had on government or business practices. Firms must have had at least one significant win between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, with "significant win" being defined as "prevailing in a bench or jury trial or in a major settlement where the stakes were high." Additionally, firms must have devoted at least half of their efforts to plaintiffs' litigation and activities. More information.

2015: According to the National Law Journal, the 2015 ALM honorees were derived from research, analysis and nomination vetting, including examining ALM’s Verdict Search to identify the top verdicts and settlement amounts, as well as the firms that represented the most cases from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. The qualifications are as follows: over $40 million in awards during this period; or 4 or more cases totaling over $15 million in awards during this period. The editorial staff of The National Law Journal also vetted numerous nomination submissions, including self-nominations for accomplishments from the same time period across seven categories of plaintiff lawyers, based on particular types of cases. Those practice areas were: Employment; Medical malpractice; Products liability; Special litigation; Securities; Motor vehicle. More information.

2018: According to the National Law Journal, the 2018 finalists devote at least 50% of their litigation resources representing plaintiffs and should have received at least one significant plaintiffs win between January 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018, and possess an impressive record of success within 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. The finalists were selected after thorough research, analysis, and vetting by editors and reporters at and The National Law Journal. Editors and reporters from ALM and The National Law Journal reviewed more than 300 submissions across 23 categories to arrive at this list. The lawyers and law firms selected as finalists have demonstrated exemplary performance in cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs over the last 18 months. View the finalists. More information.

2019: According to the National Law Journal, the 2019 “the competition recognizes U.S.-based law firms that have performed exemplary and cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs. To be eligible for this honor, law firms should devote at least 50 percent of their litigation resources representing plaintiffs.” Firms should have received at least one significant plaintiff’s win between January 1, 2018, and April 1, 2019, and possess an “impressive record of success within 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. Examples include matters where a substantial amount of money is involved or the outcome could impact the litigation strategy or results in similar cases. View the finalists. View the winners and more information

Irish Legal 100
According to the Irish Legal 100, the awards were founded in 2008 by the Irish Voice newspaper in New York. The list, “is an annual compilation of the most distinguished legal professionals in the United States who share one common bond: pride in their Irish roots. Our list includes attorneys, legal scholars and members of the judiciary who have distinguished themselves in their fields of endeavor.” The Irish Legal 100 accepts nominations, including self-nominations. Learn more. 

ISS Securities Class Action Services’ Top 50 Report
The Securities Class Action Services Top 50 is based upon historical settlement data from ISS’ proprietary database, which tracks, among other information, federal, state, and international shareholder class and group actions. Each law firm was contacted by ISS to verify settlement data pertaining to that firm. The Securities Class Action Services 50 does not include data on ERISA or derivative lawsuits.
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Law360 2018 Consumer Protection Practice Group of the Year
According to Law360, "with an eye toward landmark matters and general excellence, Law360 selected 176 winning groups across 35 practice areas. In the awards program's eighth year, the Practice Groups of the Year hailed from 80 law firms and rose to the top of 747 submissions." Additionally the publication states, "Law360's Practice Groups of the Year are groups that have distinguished themselves from their peers over the past year through high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters. A team of Law360 editors selected the 2018 Practice Groups of the Year winners after reviewing nearly 1,000 submissions." The 2018 awards considered work done from Oct. 1, 2017 and Oct. 1, 2018. 
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Law360 "Most Feared Plaintiffs' Firm"
To be considered for this ranking, a law firm must apply to Law360 and detail its major litigation wins in the past two years, explain the significance of these wins and specify key dates and the role the firm played in each matter. Submissions must include contact information for three references—clients or opposing counsel—that are willing to be interviewed should the firm be selected for a profile. The primary factor considered in selecting the winners was the firms' performance in high-profile or complex cases between the designated timeframe, including significant court rulings, trial victories and settlements.
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Law360 Product Liability Groups of the Year
Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year highlights up to five practice groups that notched the biggest litigation victories or deals of the year. Winners are recognized for the size, complexity and significance of the deals or litigation they worked on.
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Law360 “Product Liability MVP”
According to Law360, the 2015 class of MVPs included 189 attorneys from a record 86 firms, spanning 31 practice areas. Law360 editors reviewed more than 850 submissions, including self-nominations, to arrive at the winners, who they call, “attorneys whose successes in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters earned them a spot on this year’s list.”
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Lawdragon 500
The Lawdragon 500 guides are selected from a combination of editorial research by Lawdragon staff; submissions from law firms; and an online nomination form that allows Lawdragon website visitors recommend and comment on their favorite lawyers. Lawdragon states, “editorial research is the most important factor in the selection process, but firm submissions and online nominations are both extremely helpful.”
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Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers
According to Lawdragon, the Guide “presents our curated look at the best of the U.S. plaintiff bar who specialize in representing individuals who have suffered injuries from accidents, pharmaceuticals, civil rights abuse and other torts. The 500 lawyers selected bring their cases as individual matters as well as in class actions that are increasingly going global.” Methodology according to Lawdragon is, based on researching “top verdicts and settlements, and talk nonstop to lawyers nationwide about whom they admire and would hire to seek justice for a claim that strikes a loved one. From opioids to Roundup and sex abuse to medical malpractice, these 500 lawyers are those to whom they’d turn.” Learn more.

The Legal 500
The Legal 500 rankings are based on a series of criteria, highlighting the practice area teams providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. Research is based on feedback from 250,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers. Although it endorses this lawyer, The Legal 500 United States is not a Motley Rice client. 
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The National Law Journal: “Washington’s Most Influential Women Lawyers”
The listing recognizes women who set the legal agenda in the nation’s capital and includes 33 lawyers from private firms, government, and advocacy and trade groups. Awardees were selected by the editors of The National Law Journal, based upon reporting over the past year and nominations from peers in the D.C. legal community.
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National Law Journal’s Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers
2014: The “Top 50 Trailblazers & Pioneers” in the U.S. for 2014 were nominated by a group of their legal peers and were selected for recognition based on their use of innovative strategies and techniques to promote significant change in the way cases are litigated and the type of cases that were brought to court.
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2017: The top 25 attorneys featured in the fourth annual issue of The National Law Journal’s Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers were nominated by a group of their legal peers for having made an impact in their respective practice areas. The publication’s editor selected the 2017 honorees based on their display of deep passion and perseverance while achieving “remarkable successes along the way.”
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National Law Journal's Plaintiffs' Lawyers Trailblazers
2018: Each year, The National Law Journal features several Trailblazer issues and accepts nominees from readers for who they believe made an impact in their respective practice areas. The publication’s editor reviews the nominees and selects 20 to 25 nominees for each practice area. A profile for each honoree is included in The National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazers.
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The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers™ 
An invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.
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The Plaintiffs' Hot List
The National Law Journal's annual take on “the firms in the United States that have done exemplary, cutting-edge work on the plaintiffs’ side.” It it looks for firms that scored at least one significant win between the designated timeframe, and that devoted at least 50 percent of their litigation resources to plaintiffs work.
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Public Justice Trial Lawyers of the Year
Each year, Public Justice presents its Trial Lawyer of the Year Award to the attorney(s) who made the greatest contribution to the public interest within the past year by trying or settling a precedent-setting, socially significant case.
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The Roundtable: America's 100 Most Influential Trial Lawyers
Each year, The Trial Lawyer magazine identifies a select group of remarkable trial lawyers who have met the challenges of the legal profession and achieved extraordinary success in the courtroom. Nominations are accepted from readers, and each lawyer is evaluated for their professional achievements, trial results, and ability to affect change in the legal community.
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South Carolina Association for Justice Founders Award
The Founders Award recognizes a lawyer who has demonstrated great skill and confidence as a trial advocate. Criteria includes: a lawyer who is a trial advocate of great skill and confidence demonstrated over a period of a least thirty (30) years; a trial lawyer who is recognized as a leader of the trial bar; a trial lawyer who is recognized as one of South Carolina's great teachers of trial advocacy; a trial lawyer of the highest reputation in terms of ethics and honesty in his or her legal community; and a trial lawyer looked upon by his or her colleagues as one of the great characters/personalities of our times. 
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South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Hall of Fame
According to South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, its first edition of Hall of Fame in 2018 recognizes South Carolina’s most significant senior lawyers with the establishment of the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Hall of Fame. This program recognizes lawyers aged 60 and older. Criteria for selection include: career accomplishments, contributions to the profession, contributions to the development of the law, contributions to the bar and the state of South Carolina and efforts to increase access to justice. Learn more.

South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Award
The Leadership in Law Award honors licensed and practicing legal professionals in the state of South Carolina who have gone above and beyond in their profession and their community. Honorees are nominated by their peers and represent the most influential leaders in the state’s legal community. An independent panel of legal professional leaders selects the honorees based on their professional and personal accomplishments, and community involvement.

  • 2018: All nominees were asked to complete a questionnaire and provide supporting documentation that could include resumes, recommendation letters, news stories, previous awards and any other pertinent accolades. Judges reviewed the provided materials and scored each nominee based on legal organizations and positions held, community organizations and positions held, achievements in the practice, leadership achievements, and what made the nominee stand out. A class of 30 honorees were selected from the group of nominees, and an overall “Lawyer of the Year” award was presented to the honoree with the highest overall score.  
  • 2017: The award recognized a class of 30 attorneys from across South Carolina who had achieved success in their law practice, made contributions to society and had an impact on the legal profession. A top “Lawyer of the Year” award was selected out of the 2017 class of honorees.
  • 2016: The award recognized attorneys from across South Carolina who achieved success in their law practice, made contributions to society and had an impact on the legal profession. A top “Lawyer of the Year” award was selected out of the 2016 class of 30 honorees.
  • 2012: The award honored 23 select members of the South Carolina legal community for their leadership, local involvement and professional accomplishments, and for making noteworthy contributions to South Carolina's justice system, the legal profession and their communities.
  • 2011: The annual award was bestowed upon 14 honorees within the legal community who, through their local involvement and professional accomplishments, had consistently worked to better the legal profession.

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Super Lawyers®
Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas throughout the United States.
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Connecticut selection criteria 

The Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame 
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University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association Compleat Lawyer Award 
The Compleat Lawyer Awards were established in 1992 by the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Council (formerly the Alumni Association) to recognize alumni for outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. Recipients are individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and exemplify the highest standards of professional competence, ethics and integrity.
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