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Our special sections and events that recognize professional excellence in the law have evolved over the years. We started with one section, On the Rise, in 2002, and we have added events and other sections since then. We used to spread these out over the year, but this week we have combined them into one big event and this big web feature, where we list our Attorney of the Year finalists (the winner to be announced at our reception Thursday evening; we’ll report the result on Friday online) and honorees for Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Leaders, Litigation Departments of the Year, In-House Department of the Year, GC Impact and On the Rise.


SLIDESHOW: Daily Report Presents Annual Professional Excellence Awards


Our profiles of these honorees will show you a wide range of excellence in the law. They include advocating for a win at the U.S. Supreme Court for an indigent client, coaxing a billion-dollar patent verdict, negotiating settlements from massive data breaches and reversing a judge who said two transgender people couldn’t change their names to reflect their identies.

What these matters have in common is that the honorees were doing the best work they could do for their clients, and through such efforts, the justice system is served.

At the links below, you’ll find full profles of our Attorney of the Year finalists and Q&A interviews with our honorees for Lifetime Achievement, Distinguished Leaders, Litigation Departments of the Year and In-House Department/GC Impact. We also have mini-profiles of our On the Rise picks, compiled by freelance writer Adina Solomon.

—Jonathan Ringel


ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Stephen Bright

Stephanie Parker

Brian Steel

Steve Bright Wins Daily Report’s Attorney of the Year Award


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

 

DISTINGUISHED LEADERS

 

IN-HOUSE LEGAL DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR
& GC IMPACT AWARDS

Legal Department of the Year: The Coca-Cola Co.

GC Impact Awards:

Heather Calhoun and Brennan Stewart

Peter Carter

Nathan Harwell

Heather Munday

Ashoo Sharma


LITIGATION DEPARTMENTS OF THE YEAR

General Litigation (large firm): King & Spalding

General Litigation (midsize firm): Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial

Insurance: Dentons

Intellectual Property: Baker & Hostetler

Labor and Employment: Greenberg Traurig

Mass Torts: Greenberg Traurig

Specialty Practice: Georgia Department of Law Medicaid Fraud Control Unit


ON THE RISE