Membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is meant to identify and highlight the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled litigators in high stakes legal matters. To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake (i.e. bet-the-company litigation valued in excess of $2,000,000). These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration. Thereafter, only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state* will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®. While selection for any award, honor, or exclusive membership organization is always subjective in nature, we have developed a comprehensive multi-phase selection process involving propriety algorithms and Qualitative Comparative Analysis in an effort to help ensure that only the most skilled and exceptional attorneys in the community are selected for membership.
Candidates for membership are initially identified through third-party research or peer nominations by other elite attorneys in the community. Once a candidate is identified, they are carefully screened first to determine that they meet the minimum requirements as a “High Stakes Litigator” through third-party research and analysis. Thereafter, all data regarding qualifying candidates is evaluated using our proprietary algorithms applying multi-criteria decision making methods to create a Pareto efficiency frontier.
These algorithms assess a broad array of criteria and data for each candidate, including (but not limited to) the attorney’s lifetime legal achievements, professional experience, significant case results and/or verdicts, peer reputation, client satisfaction, other notable honors, media notoriety, and community impact, among many other proprietary factors. The Pareto efficiency frontier created by the analysis of these criteria establishes a measure for each attorney that indicates the relative effectiveness of the attorney in comparison to other attorneys in the community. Through Qualitative Comparative Analysis, the most efficient and effective High Stakes Litigators among the community are then identified for selection among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®.
Every attorney selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® must pass through this multi-phase screening process and be found among the Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in their community based on our screening criteria. Attorneys cannot buy or “peer nominate” their way into membership. If an attorney does not meet the standards established by our criteria to be selected among the Top 100 in their community, then there is no amount of money (or peer nominations) that will change that.
The integrity of our multi-phase selection process is paramount in achieving our objectives and ensuring that all attorneys selected for this great honor reflect the highest ideals and ethical standards of the legal profession.