Most Effective Lawyers 2013
A number of defense lawyers also took their places on the winning side, such as the trio that successfully led an effort to deflect litigation against corporate clients, getting a securities class action dismissed.
On the pro bono front, a legal team persuaded the state Supreme Court to allow public defenders overburdened by heavy caseloads to decline appointments in noncapital felony cases.
In the public interest sector, a child advocate successfully compelled a state agency to provide enhanced care for a young girl who had a life-threatening respiratory condition.
A large majority of these selections were brought to the DBR’s attention by lawyers, their clients and colleagues and by members of the public.
The nominees’ work was evaluated by the DBR editorial staff and based on tangible results, the degree of involvement in bringing about those result and the impact on public policy and business interests.
The editors conducted a three-month selection process that focused on not only the outcomes but the complexity of cases.
Only South Florida lawyers qualified and the results had to be achieved between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013, which was the deadline for submissions.
An initial cut was made to eliminate nominations that were incomplete, did not meet the criteria or clearly did not belong in the program.
The DBR’s research director reached out to many of the nominees for information to buttress the nominations. The editors then scored the nominees before meeting to select the semifinalists. Later, the editors met to select the finalists.
Some of the categories that proved to be the most competitive were appellate, business litigation, real estate and product liability.