This is the New Jersey Law Journal‘s first magazine devoted to ranking the top personal injury recoveries of the year. We combed the verdicts and settlements reported in our weekly Suits & Deals column throughout 2013 to find the highest and second-highest awards in six categories: automobile injury, medical malpractice, premises liability, products liability, public liability and workplace injuries. They are featured in these pages, along with short profiles of the plaintiff lawyers who achieved them.

The awards were chosen solely by the amounts reported at the time, not taking into account that they may have been or might still be altered. Verdicts may have been appealed and postverdict settlements may have occurred. The $166 million verdict against DYFS in the public liability category, for example, is the subject of motions for a new trial or for remittitur.