The editors sought to recognize those law firms that are on the cutting edge of plaintiffs-side work in the United States and that have achieved exemplary results for their clients. To qualify for inclusion, firms had to have scored at least one significant plaintiffs win between January 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, and possess an impressive track record of wins within the past three to five years.
When making their decision, they considered various factors including:
• Performance in significant cases, including key rulings, victories at trial and settlements;
• Verdict dollar amount, size of punitive damages penalties, cash settlements;
• Complexity of procedure and substantive law;
• Duration of case, and/or number of class members;
• Willingness to take on large cases and to persevere in the face of adversity;
• Volume of cases handled in a particular time period
• Novelty of the claim, cause of action or theory of recovery;
• Impact of litigation results that changed a government or business practice;
• Feedback or acknowledgment from the bench;
• Firm size in relation to impact or recovery amount.
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