The 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers annual includes two components: reports on the 35 firms recognized as finalists in nine categories; and, here, 50 firms with the largest total recoveries over a 12-month period, compiled by ALM’s VerdictSearch, an affiliate of The National Law Journal.
 
In this year’s report, the top 50 firm 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 Top 50 recoveries 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.
 
RANK LAW FIRM AWARDS TOTAL
1 Powers Law $2,640,000,000
2 Caldwell Cassady & Curry $625,633,840
  Law Office of T. John Ward Jr. $625,633,840
  Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth $625,633,840
5 Ernest Cannon & Associates $502,043,868
  Lanier Law Firm $502,043,868
  Neblett, Beard & Arsenault $502,043,868
  Simmons Hanly Conroy $502,043,868
9 Bailey & Glasser $239,000,000
  Morris, Haynes, Hornsby & Wheeles $239,000,000
11 Irell & Manella $234,277,669
12 The Buzbee Law Firm $200,261,611
13 Werner Ayers $197,793,098
14 Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo $189,695,000
15 Fish & Richardson $168,715,600
16 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman $127,078,256
17 Jones Day $125,751,233
18 Crane Flores $125,168,202
  Gary A. Dordick L.C. $125,168,202
20 The Law Offices of Fidel Rodriguez Jr. $124,496,994
  Wigington Rumley Dunn & Blair $124,496,994
22 Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank $115,239,988
23 Kline & Specter $112,219,504
24 Baker & Hostetler $108,913,521
  Woods & Aitken $108,913,521
26 Gordon & Doner $105,577,994
27 Law Offices of Frank L. Branson $104,750,563
28 Bernadette Panzella P.C. $95,971,644
 
Law Office of Michael G. O’Neill
$95,971,644
  Susan M. Karten & Associates $95,971,644
31
Beckmen Law
$93,807,651
  The Hall Law Firm $93,807,651
33 Tom Rhodes Law Firm $84,531,517
34 Alexander Law Group $79,823,557
35 Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice $79,129,905
36 The Alvarez Law Firm $77,955,000
37 Arnold & Itkin $77,807,899
38 Kirkland & Ellis $74,600,000
39 PPGMR Law $71,744,675
40 Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys $68,100,473
41 Block O’Toole & Murphy $63,755,043
42 Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles $63,000,000
43 Greenberg Traurig $61,678,070
44 Dorta & Ortega $58,431,076
45 Winston & Strawn $56,572,252
46 Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson $55,000,000
  Smith Law Firm $55,000,000
48 Law Offices of James J. McCrorie $54,761,219
49 NIRO McANDREWS $54,074,815
50 Panish Shea & Boyle $53,961,748