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Top 50 Firms Represent America’s Elite Trial Lawyers

Summary: The National Law Journal and have created a list of the top 50 plaintiff’s law firms.

It was a profitable year for plaintiffs’ attorneys and their clients, the National Law Journal Reports. Billions of dollars in recoveries were reported, with the 100 largest verdicts of 2013 in excess of $10 billion. 2014 is expected to meet or surpass that level. Such massive settlements will have significant effects on public policies and corporate behavior.


The National Law Journal and collaborated to choose firms that are performing the most creative and substantial plaintiffs’ work. The top 50 firms were chosen and incorporated into the first list of America’s Elite Trial Lawyers. These firms obtained major victories in complex litigation cases that will have tremendous impacts on both the law and businesses.

Over 100 firms were analyzed before compiling the list. The firms were required to have had at least one favorable result for plaintiffs between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. An successful track record in the last three to five years was also required. To qualify, a “significant win” meant prevailing in a bench or jury trial or in a settlement that carried high stakes—such as a substantial amount of money, or an effect on litigation strategy or case law nationwide. Further, at least half of these firms’ litigation resources must have been dedicated to plaintiffs’ work, and at least half of all revenue generated by the firms was required to be derived from plaintiffs’ activities.

Some of the factors used in creating the list were complexity of procedure and substantive law; impact of litigation results; verdict dollar amount; performance in significant cases; feedback from the bench; willingness to take on large cases; duration of the case and/or number of class members; novelty of the claim or cause of action; firm size in relation to impact or recovery amount; and volume of cases handled in a specific time period.

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The firms are listed in alphabetical order below. The ranking will be announced on September 29.

Baron & Budd

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles

Berger & Montague

Bernstein Liebhard

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann

Buzbee Law Firm

Clifford Law Offices

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

Eglet Law

Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward

Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz

Gibbs & Bruns

Girardi Keese

Grant & Eisenhofer

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro

Hare Wynn Newell & Newton

Hausfeld? Herman Herman & Katz

Hilliard Munoz Gonzales

Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer

Kline & Specter

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto

Korein Tillery

Labaton Sucharow

The Lanier Law Firm

The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson

Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman


Morgan and Morgan

Motley Rice

Nagel Rice

Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik

Neufeld Scheck & Brustin

Nichols Kaster

Panish Shea & Boyle

Podhurst Orseck

Provost Umphrey Law Firm

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi

Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis

Sanford Heisler

Seeger Weiss

Simmons Hanly Conroy

Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo

Susman Godfrey

Tycko & Zavareei

Weitz & Luxenberg

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