In many respects, the Year 2012 was a year of Recovery and Redemption.
The Troubles, as some legal market observers have called it, eased a bit as law firms recalibrated business plans, signed up laterals with strong books of business and in some cases, took the merger route and got married. Some veteran lawyers, meanwhile, abandoned the perceived security of Big Law and started their own new firms from scratch.
Despite all of the changes there has been one constant with the South Florida bar. A vast majority of our legal community did what they were hired to do: In both the private and public sectors, they served their clients well.
To prove it, the Daily Business Review is again recognizing some of the best work delivered by private and public sector lawyers from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties through its eighth Most Effective Lawyers in South Florida.
This year, in its eighth annual special report, the Review is recognizing more than 70 attorneys in 13 categories.
They include: Appellate, Arbitration, Bankruptcy, Business Litigation, Class Action, Corporate Securities, Criminal Justice, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Pro Bono, Product Liability, Public Interest and Real Estate.
As always, the attorneys were measured on one critical benchmark: the results for the client.
This year, there were plenty.
For the long-suffering investors who were pushed off their own fiscal cliff by the Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, litigators obtained stunning verdicts and settlements to place clients on the road to more than just a modest recovery.