Hare Wynn has been selected for inclusion in the National Law Journal’s inaugural Elite Trial Lawyers list. The list identifies the top fifty law firms nationwide that have demonstrated the most creative and substantial work on the plaintiff’s side.

To create the Elite Trial Lawyers list, more than 100 of the country’s top firms were vetted with the understanding that successful trial work is usually the result of a team effort.

“It is a high honor for our trial lawyers and staff to be recognized for their accomplishments by the National Law Journal,” said Leon Ashford, the firm’s Managing Partner. “Trying cases to verdict is not a lost art at Hare Wynn. We feel strongly that the best way to see justice done is to bring the case to twelve citizens for a decision. We are committed to remaining on the cutting edge of plaintiff’s work and continuing to aggressively pursue the interests of the business, governmental and individual clients we are honored to represent.”

To qualify for inclusion, firms had to have secured at least one significant plaintiff’s win between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, 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 — for example, a substantial amount of money was at stake or the outcome could have affected litigation strategy or results in similar cases nationally. 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. Firms with higher percentages of plaintiffs-side work were considered.

In the last year, plaintiffs’ lawyers helped their clients win billions of dollars in awards — in fact, the 100 largest verdicts of 2013 yielded more than $10 billion in recoveries. That sum is likely to be equaled or surpassed in 2014. The ripple effects of these wins reach beyond dollars, with plaintiffs’ efforts helping in many cases to reshape public policies or reform corporate behavior.

The 50 firms selected pulled in big victories in complex cases that have a wide impact on the law and legal business.

Among the factors National Law Journal considered in selecting firms were:

  • Performance in significant cases, including key rulings, victories at trial and settlements
  • Verdict dollar amount, size of punitive damages penalties, cash settlements
  • Complexity of procedure and substantive law
  • Duration of case, and/or number of class members
  • Willingness to take on large cases and to persevere in the face of adversity
  • Volume of cases handled in a particular time period (sum of accumulated verdicts or settlements)
  • Novelty of the claim, cause of action or theory of recovery
  • Impact of litigation results that changed a government or business practice
  • Feedback or acknowledgment from the bench
  • Firm size in relation to impact or recovery amount.