Appellate: Stuart Singer of Boies Schiller Flexner represented Florida Power & Light in two big-money cases for the state's largest utility company.
Bankruptcy: Paul Keenan Jr. and John Dodd of Greenberg Traurig kept on eye out for Hurricane Irma while negotiating an on-again-off-again bankruptcy reorganization plan.
Class actions/Mass torts: Peter Prieto, Matthew Weinshall, John Gravante and Alissa Del Riego of Podhurst Orseck led a national plaintiffs' team on a series of settlements with automakers that used recalled Takata air bags.
Complex/Business litigation: Michael Piscitelli and Brad Copenhaver of Vezina, Lawrence & Piscitelli and Lawrence Silverman and Gerald Cope Jr. of Akerman represented a company fighting Miami-Dade County over its toll-by-plate program.
Corporate securities: Jaret Davis and Drew Altman of Greenberg Traurig negotiated a $475 million merger with financing on the side.


Criminal: David O. Markus, Margot Moss and Todd Yoder of Markus/Moss obtained a rare directed verdict and an appellate reversal in separate health care fraud cases.
Employment: Jason Alderman, Kristy Johnson and Troy Tolentino of The Alderman Law Firm and Carmen Manrara Cartaya and Beatriz Biscardi Andre of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pursued litigation on behalf of a team of Haitian dishwashers who claimed they were victims of discriminatory firings. 
Family/Probate: Jeff Fisher of Fisher Potter Hodas is a master of cross-examination, which he uses to the financial advantage of his clients in divorce cases.
Government relations/Regulatory: Yolanda Cash Jackson of Becker helped lead an effort to install a statue of Mary Bethune in the U.S. Capitol.
Government relations/Regulatory: Robert Lewis of LewisFox Law coordinates alcohol licensing and regulatory disclosures on two major M&A deals, one valued at $3.6 billion.


Insurance: Rory Jurman and Steven Cula of Fowler White Burnett defeated an insurance coverage claim after a hotel chain's payment network was infected with malware.
International litigation: Gregory Baldwin, Eduardo Ramos and Ilene Pabian of Holland & Knight swept away a default judgment for the Dominican Republic.
Intellectual property: Mark Raymond, Francisco Armada, Sara Klco and Kimberly Freedman of Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel defeated a copyright case in a battle between two companies over starkly similar telenovelas.
International transactions: Colleen Grady of Alvarez & Diaz-Silveira coordinated the work of several law firms on an $875 million marine industry merger.
Medical malpractice: Stephan LeClainche of Cohen Milstein reached multimillion-dollar settlements with three hospitals facing malpractice claims.


Personal injury: Stuart Ratzan of Ratzan Law Group represented the family of a medical student who was killed when a heavily loaded flatbed truck made a U-turn in front of him in an Interstate 75 construction zone.
Privacy/Data security: Al Saikali of Shook, Hardy & Bacon is one of those go-to experts when companies realize they've had a data breach.
Pro Bono: Diana Martin of Cohen Milstein helped lead cases to restore the civil rights of Florida's ex-felons and defeated a solitary confinement policy for juveniles jailed in Palm Beach County.
Products liability: John Uustal, Michael Hersh and Catherine Darlson of Kelley/Uustal reached a $27 million settlement for a severely burned toddler injured by an explosion caused by a defective pressure cooker.
Products liability: Pete DeMahy and Orlando Cabeza of DLD Lawyers defeated a lawsuit on behalf of a textile company after a corporate jet crashed into a tall tower on its property.
Public interest: Randall Berg, Dante Trevisani and Erica Selig of Florida Justice Institute won court orders to treat state prison inmates with drugs that cure hepatitis C.
Real estate litigation: Robert Brochin, Clay Carlton and Ann Kerr Stewart of Morgan and Lewis & Bockius won a federal appellate victory to end a long-running multidistrict case over mortgage robosigning.

The Daily Business Review’s 14th annual Most Effective Lawyers special report recognizes attorneys based on one overriding benchmark — tangible results and impact.

Recognition goes to about 50 attorneys in 20 categories. Some of the legal professionals distinguished themselves with their work on settlements involving Takata air bags, fired Haitian dishwashers and medical malpractice at hospitals. In other categories, everything from transactions to divorce came into play.

Here are the honorees.