The National Law Journal’s annual Plaintiffs’ Hot List attempts to provide a snapshot of the most successful plaintiffs’ practices of the moment. To identify them, we asked firms to provide us with a year’s worth of representative cases, verdicts and settlements from June 2010 to June 2011. From there we sifted through dozens of potential firms, reporting on and researching each to come up with our list. In this special report, you’ll find the results: We profile 20 firms that are at the cutting edge of plaintiffs’ work — and that are giving defense players a run for their money.
The firms selected for this year’s honors are: Baron & Budd | Berger & Montague | Bernstein Liebhard | Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman | Boies, Schiller & Flexner | Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll | Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy | Dickstein Shapiro | Grant & Eisenhofer | Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro | Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton | Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check | Korein Tillery | Labaton Sucharow | Lieff Cabraser Heiman & Bernstein | Milberg | Pomerantz Haudek Grossman & Gross | Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan | Strook & Strook & Lavan | Whatley Drake & Kallas

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