On this page we will include selection process or methodology for several honors and awards that our attorneys have received. You can click to expand the award to see the methodology.
40 Under 40 Award issued by NJBIZ
"The NJBIZ Forty Under 40 program recognizes 40 business men and women under the age of 40 for their notable successes and demonstrations of strong leadership in the state. Chosen by an independent panel of judges following an open nomination process, the individuals recognized on this year’s list contribute to their own industries – spanning health care, finance, sports, law, education and more – as well as to the New Jersey community at large." (Source)
"Chosen by an independent panel of judges following an open nomination process, the individuals recognized on this year’s list contribute to their own industries – spanning health care, finance, sports, law, education and more – as leaders and founders, partners, executives and above all trailblazers. And, their achievements and continuing efforts are also felt throughout the Garden State community at large." (Source)
"Each year, NJBIZ recognizes the best and the brightest of the Garden State’s next generation of business leaders with its 40 Under 40 Awards. This year’s class of honorees, representing a diverse range of industries – from health care to the commercial real estate and nonprofit worlds, and even to sports – were chosen by an independent panel of judges following an open nomination process." (Source)
"The annual 40 Under 40 Awards honor the movers and shakers making their mark in New Jersey business. Representing a wide range of industries, these young notables prove age is nothing but a number through their determination, passion and a drive to achieve. Following a nomination process, entries were evaluated by an independent panel of judges to determine 2019 honorees." (Source)
"The NJBIZ 40 Under 40 awards honor young professionals, as you may have guessed, under the age of 40 making moves in the Garden State. Some names you may know, others you may be seeing for the first time – but we’re betting it won’t be the last. Following a nomination process, entries were evaluated by an independent panel of judges to recognize five honorees in each of eight categories." (Source)
Best Women in Business Award issued by NJBIZ
"The individuals recognized in NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business program aren’t just operating in the Garden State’s enterprise environment—they’re leading it, as decision-makers, trendsetters and forward thinkers. Following an open nomination process, a panel of independent judges selected the 2020 Best 50 Women in Business winners using a points system to rate submissions in five categories: Career accomplishments, leadership, vision, community service and mentoring." (Source)
Diverse Attorneys of the Year List issued by The New Jersey Law Journal
"Following a submission and review process, the Law Journal is pleased to announce the 2021 Diverse Attorneys of the Year. These honors are presented biannually—in years alternating with the Top Women in Law awards." (Source)
Lawyers on the Fast Track List issued by The Legal Intelligencer
"The Legal Intelligencer asked the Pennsylvania legal community to submit nominations for our annual Lawyers on the Fast Track honors. The nomination forms and any letters of recommendation accompanying them were then sent to a six-member judging panel composed of evaluators from all corners of the legal profession and the state. After reviewing their results, 32 attorneys have been selected as the 2017 Lawyers on the Fast Track" (Source)
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings
"Historically the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system utilized an “A - B - C” scale to estimate the legal ability and ethical standards of an attorney. To qualify for an “A” rating an attorney had to be reported as “Very High” in their legal ability and had been practicing for at least 10 years, a “B” rating meant an attorney was rated “High” and had to be practicing for at least 5 years, and a “C” rating meant that the attorney was rated “fair” with no limitations on how long they were practicing. A second rating was also given to go along with the “A - B - C” rating and that was a “V,” meaning that the attorney's peers stated they had "Very High" ethical standards. Over the years this transitioned to “AV”, “BV”, and “CV” ratings - with an “AV” rating meaning that the attorney had reached the highest of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
Today, Martindale-Hubbell conducts a thorough review of attorneys who wish to receive a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, through a secure online peer review survey where a lawyer’s ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice is assessed by their peers. Once the review process is completed an attorney may receive 1 of the following Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™:
- AV Preeminent®: The highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers.
- Distinguished: An excellent rating for an attorney who has some experience and is widely respected by their peers for their professional achievement and ethical standards.
- Notable: A rating given to a lawyer who has been recognized by a large number of their peers for their strong ethical standards." (Source)
NJBIZ Leaders in Law Award issued by NJBIZ
An independent panel of judges selects the individuals who receive the NJBIZ Leaders in Law Award. The criteria for selection consider:
- the individual’s level of achievement within their company, industry, and economic region; and
- ways the nominee has helped the New Jersey business community grow and continues to champion their industry through professional creativity, innovation, and leadership.
New Leader of the Bar List issued by The New Jersey Law Journal
"Arguably the Law Journal’s most important recognition, New Leaders of the Bar endeavors to identify attorneys representing the future of the legal profession in New Jersey.
With the indispensable help of a distinguished panel of outside professionals, the Law Journal has chosen the below individuals as ascending leaders. Their practices and backgrounds are varied, but each shows an impressive combination of accomplishment and promise." (Source)
"Arguably the Law Journal’s most important recognition, New Leaders of the Bar endeavors to identify attorneys representing the future of the legal profession in New Jersey. With the indispensable help of a distinguished panel of outside professionals, the Law Journal has chosen 50 individuals as ascending leaders. Their practices and backgrounds are varied, but each shows an impressive combination of accomplishment and promise." (Source)
"The Law Journal sought nominations for its annual New Leaders of the Bar honors. As has been the case each year, the response was fantastic and we received dozens upon dozens of nominations, all of which demonstrated the depth of legal talent in New Jersey and seemed to indicate that the future of the state’s legal community is very bright. The nomination forms were sent to a seven-member judging panel composed of evaluators from all corners of the legal profession and around the state. After reviewing their results, the following 47 attorneys have been selected as the 2016 New Leaders of the Bar." (Source)
"The Law Journal asked the New Jersey legal community to submit nominations for our annual New Leaders of the Bar. The nominations came pouring in, dozens upon dozens of them, all demonstrating the impressive work being done by young lawyers across the state. The nomination forms were sent to a seven-member judging panel composed of evaluators from all corners of the legal profession and around the state. After reviewing their results, the 50 attorneys have been selected as the 2015 New Leaders of the Bar." (Source)
Top 50: Women New Jersey Super Lawyers List issued by Thomson Reuters
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.” “The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.” (SuperLawyers.com).
Every year, Super Lawyers evaluates lawyers across the country for its annual list of top attorneys. Each candidate is measured against 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Nominees from more than 70 practice areas are considered. The patented multiphase selection process is rigorous and methodical. The Top Lists below take exclusivity one step further by featuring selected Super Lawyers attorneys with the most total points earned. (Source)
Trial Bar Award issued by Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ)
- Length of practice (suggested minimum – 10 years)
- Nature of Trial Practice: Broad consideration of demonstrated trial skills should be considered. It is appropriate to consider nominees with established skills in various areas and/or various types of cases. Emphasis in the past seems to have been concentrated in personal injury matters. Equal or greater skills are frequently required in trying difficult chancery matters, tax cases, family law problems, condemnation, criminal law matters, and appearances before certain administrative agencies such as the Public Utilities Commission, etc.
- Service to the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
- Service to the Profession: Meaningful and active participation on committees, sections, assignments, panels, etc., under the aegis of the ABA, NJSBA, County and Local Bar Associations, Trial Organizations, etc.
- Geographic Location: Should not be binding but might be a factor to be considered for a wider distribution of awards throughout the state. If for example, there are 2 or 3 candidates of equal stature, background, geographic location could logically be used in part as a determining factor.
- Teaching: Lecturing at Law Schools, Practicing Law Institute, the Institute of Continuing Education, etc.
- Participation in making law through landmark decisions where it is obvious that highly developed or unusual skills were applicable.
- Writings: Briefs, law review articles, articles for Law Journals, etc.
- Service to Communities: while not an indication of one’s trial ability, it is impressive and important for the public to know of a lawyer’s contributions to the community.
- Professional Discipline
- Reputation and relations with other lawyers.
- Reputation and relations with judges.
- Personal qualities and character, including, but not limited to, originality, courage, participation in the prosecution or defense of unpopular causes, a sense of fairness, etc.
Source: Trial Attorneys of New Jersey