ALM is pleased to announce its 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers report, recognizing law firms that achieved high-dollar recoveries for clients and that did some of the most creative and significant work on the plaintiffs side.
The 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers report includes two components: a list of the 50 firms with the largest total recoveries over a 12-month period, compiled by ALM’s VerdictSearch; and a separate list of 35 firms recognized as finalists in nine categories (listed below) reflecting a range of plaintiffs work. The category winners will be named later this month. And a complete report on the total recovery amounts for the 50 firms will be published in December.
The honorees were selected after thorough research, analysis and nomination vetting by editors and reporters at VerdictSearch, Law.com and The National Law Journal. For the category finalists, we closely reviewed submitted nominations and reported on accuracy and performance. Since teamwork contributes to successful trial work, we recognized the work of firms as a whole.
The top 50 firms’ recoveries totaled $11.2 billion. This doesn’t approach the $35 billion in total recoveries on last year’s list. However, last year’s rankings were skewed by a $23 billion verdict won by a Florida woman in a suit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
For inclusion on the list, rankings are based on verdicts and settlements submitted to VerdictSearch, with disposition dates between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016. Given the complexity of the process, we were not able to consider cases submitted after July 13, 2016.
In addition to ensuring that their cases fell within the required date range, firms on the Top 50 list also had to meet these qualifications:
• Have a total of more than $40 million in awards during this period.
• Have four or more cases totaling more than $15 million in awards during this period.
Here is the ALM selection of 50 firms based on largest 12-month recoveries:
|Alexander Law Group, LLP||Arnold & Itkin LLP|
|Bailey & Glasser, LLP||Baker & Hostetler LLP|
|Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.||Beckmen Law|
|Bernadette Panzella, P.C.||Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP|
|Caldwell Cassady & Curry||Crane Flores, LLP|
|Dorta & Ortega PA||Ernest Cannon & Associates|
|Fish & Richardson||Gary A. Dordick, A Law Corporation|
|Gordon & Doner P.A.||Greenberg Traurig|
|Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank, LLP||Irell & Manella LLP|
|Jones Day||Kirkland & Ellis LLP|
|Kline & Specter||Lanier Law Firm|
|Law Office of Michael G. O’Neill||Law Office of T. John Ward Jr.|
|Law Offices of Frank L. Branson P.C.||Law Offices of James J. McCrorie, P.C.|
|Morris, Haynes, Hornsby & Wheeles||Neblett, Beard & Arsenault|
|NIRO McANDREWS, LLC||Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC|
|Panish Shea & Boyle LLP||Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth|
|Pillsbury Winthrop||Powers Law|
|PPGMR Law, PLLC||Simmons Hanly Conroy|
|Smith Law Firm, PLLC||Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C.|
|Susan M. Karten & Associates, LLP||The Alvarez Law Firm|
|The Buzbee Law Firm||The Hall Law Firm|
|The Law Offices of Fidel Rodriguez Jr.||Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys|
|Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C.||Werner Ayers, L.L.P.|
|Wigington Rumley Dunn & Blair||Winston & Strawn LLP|
|Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLC||Woods & Aitken LLP|
For our recognition of the 35 practice-area finalist firms, reporters and editors at The National Law Journal and law.com vetted nomination submissions for accomplishments from the same time period as the Top 50 recoveries list, across these nine categories:
To qualify for inclusion, firms had to have scored at least one significant plaintiffs win during the time period and possess an impressive track record of wins within the past three to five years.
A “significant win” meant prevailing in a bench or jury trial or in a major settlement where the stakes were high. Also, firms had to devote at least 50 percent of their litigation resources to plaintiffs work and derive half or more of their revenue from plaintiffs-side activities.
Honorees will be recognized at a dinner in New York City on Dec. 6. Stay tuned for details and follow-up reports about the Top 50 list and on which finalists are the leading honorees in the nine categories.
Here are the NLJ selections for category finalists:
Arnold & Itkin, Pharmaceuticals
Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles P.C.—Products liability
Berger & Montague—Special litigation (environmental)
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann—Financial institutions; securities
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP—Antitrust
The Buzbee Law Firm—Employment
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll—Class action; antitrust
Girardi | Keese—Special litigation (environmental)
Gordon & Doner—Products liability
Grant & Eisenhofer—Securities
Greene Broillet & Wheeler—Employment
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro—Class action
Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales—Products liability
Kanner & Whiteley—Pharmaceuticals
Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman—Financial institutions
Kline & Specter—Medical devices
Korein Tillery—Financial institutions
The Lanier Law Firm—Medical devices
Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman—Antitrust
Levin Papantonio—Special litigation (environmental)
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein—Class action; employment
McNicholas & McNicholas—Employment
Motley Rice—Medical devices
Podhurst Orseck—Class action
Reid Collins & Tsai—Financial institutions
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd—Securities
Robinson Calcagnie—Products liability
Schlichter Bogard & Denton—Employment
Simmons Hanly Conroy—Medical devices
Terris, Pravlik & Millian—Class action
Tycko & Zavareei—Class action
Editor’s note: The story was updated to reflect the nine categories in which the 35 finalist firms were recognized. An earlier version of the story referred to eight categories.
The editors, in reviewing a strong collection of submissions for Elite Trial Lawyers, will occasionally use their discretion to move a submission from one category to another.