How important is legal industry recognition when selecting an injury attorney? How can anyone who isn’t an attorney know which awards genuinely honor excellence in the legal profession, and which awards are more for show?
My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years of experience I can share it is most important to understand that not all personal injury attorneys are alike. There are unfortunately many attorneys who take on personal injury cases who have never successfully tried a personal injury case in a Court of Law to a jury verdict. They settle every one of their client’s cases with the insurance companies.
Payment on an injury claim essentially comes down to three essential issues for the liable insurance company: the amount of the policy, the severity of the injuries (and the impact this has on a person’s life) and the associated monetary risk to the insurance company itself. Juries are the source of greatest monetary risk for any insurance company. They know if an injury case is placed before a jury they face a much stronger risk of paying a higher amount than if an attorney simply settles the case.
Insurance companies monitor every personal injury attorney and know the lawyers with proven trial skill who are willing and able to put your case before a jury if necessary. The legal industry monitors this as well.
The most exclusive awards the legal industry offers honor a small percentage (top 5 – 10%) of attorneys for excellence in their work. Recognition such as Super Lawyers and ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) are based upon exceptional skill and achievement and require an invitation to join. Each recognizes top attorneys in their field based upon an exclusive selection process.
The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates honors those who have actually achieved a multi-million dollar verdict for a client. Martindale Hubbel’s “AV Peer Revew Rated” “signifies that a large number of the lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. Distinguished: An excellent rating for a lawyer with some experience.”
AVVO is a popular directory for legal consumers and bases their awards upon the feedback of actual clients.
Now that you know more about how important legal industry recognition when selecting an injury attorney we invite you to review the awards and recognition the Law Firm of Rivers Morrell has received from the legal industry, as well as the strong recommendations of our clients. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident contact us or call 949-305-1400 for a free consultation.