The Best Lawyers In America
Mr. Katz named to Best Lawyers in America consecutively since 2012.Read More
Published biennially since 1983. The Best Lawyers lists, representing 57 specialties in all 50 states and Washington, DC, are compiled through an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of the top lawyers in the U.S. confidentially evaluate their professional peers.
This unique referral guide is subscribed to by more than 4,000 of the leading law firms in the U.S. and abroad, and by more than 1,000 of the world’s largest corporations. For twenty years, they have used Best Lawyers to locate counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions for major legal matters.
Only subscribers see all of the lawyers listed in a particular city and specialty in The Best Lawyers in America. Non-subscribers see only the names of lawyers who have arranged links to their firm pages or to bio pages that we have constructed for them. Lawyers are allowed to pay for these links, but they are not required to do so, and lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee for a basic listing.Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee for a basic listing, Best Lawyershas gained the respect of the legal profession, the media, and clients as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. It has received accolades from presidents of the American Bar Association, been frequently featured in the U.S. media and excerpted in more than 50 major metropolitan newspapers and magazines.
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Mr. Katz was voted a New Jersey Super Lawyer by his peers consecutively since 2007.Read More
Super Lawyers Selection Process Blessed by Courts and Bar Associations Across the United States
Bar associations and courts across the country have recognized the legitimacy of the Super Lawyers selection process. Most recently, the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld the findings of a Special Master assigned by the court to, among other things, examine the details of our process. In his July 2008 report, the Special Master lauded our lawyer-rating process, stating:
“[The Super Lawyers selection process] is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained high peer recognition, meet ethical standards, and have demonstrated some degree of achievement in their field.”
“Suffice to say, the selection procedures employed by [Super Lawyers] are very sophisticated, comprehensive and complex.”
“It is absolutely clear from this record that [Super Lawyers does] not permit a lawyer to buy one’s way onto the list, nor is there any requirement for the purchase of any product for inclusion in the lists or any quid pro quo of any kind or nature associated with the evaluation and listing of an attorney or in the subsequent advertising of one’s inclusion in the lists.”
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.
The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. Since Super Lawyers is intended to be used as an aid in selecting a lawyer, we limit the lawyer ratings to those who can be hired and retained by the public, i.e., lawyers in private practice and Legal Aid attorneys.
The Super Lawyers selection process involves three basic steps:
- Creation of the candidate pool
- Evaluation of candidates by the research department
- Peer evaluation by practice area
Step One: The Candidate Pool
Lawyers enter the candidate pool by being formally nominated by a peer or if identified by the research department during the research process.
Once a year, we invite lawyers in each state to nominate the top attorneys they’ve personally observed in action. Lawyers may nominate attorneys in their own firm, but these nominations count only if each in-firm nomination is matched by at least one out-firm nomination.
Each nomination carries a point value. An out-firm nomination has substantially greater point value than an in-firm nomination. Lawyers cannot nominate themselves, and must limit their nominations to others who practice in the same state.
Our procedures and database have several safeguards that prevent lawyers from “gaming” the system. For example, we track who nominates whom. This helps us detect any excessive “back-scratch” nominations (lawyers nominating each other) and “block nominations” (where members of the same law firm all cast identical nominations). We also prohibit lawyers from engaging in “campaigning” or solicitation of nominations from other lawyers.
While important, the nomination phase is simply the first step in our process. It puts lawyers on our radar for further research and evaluation, and awards points in our rating system. But we limit the value of those points so that no matter how many nominations one receives, it will not guarantee selection.
Our attorney-led research staff searches for lawyers who have attained certain honors, results or credentials, which indicate a high degree of peer recognition or professional competence. For example, certification as a specialist in a particular area of practice, or admission to prestigious colleges or academies, e.g., The American College of Trial Lawyers. The staff identifies these credentials by reviewing a proprietary list of database and online sources, including national and local legal trade publications.
Most of the lawyers we identify in this process have also been nominated by their peers. Occasionally, however, we find outstanding lawyers who have been overlooked in the nomination process. These may include: lawyers with national litigation practices who rarely appear in the courts of their home jurisdiction; lawyers in smaller firms or from smaller communities; and lawyers practicing in less visible or highly specialized practice areas.
Throughout the year, readers, clients and attorneys who are not eligible to formally nominate (that is, actively licensed to practice in the same state as the nominee) send us names of lawyers we should consider for inclusion. Though no points are awarded, we add these lawyers to the candidate pool for further research and evaluation.
Step Two: Evaluation of Lawyers in Candidate Pool
Our research department evaluates each candidate based on these 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement: verdicts and settlements; transactions; representative clients; experience; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; position within law firm; bar and or other professional activity; pro bono and community service as a lawyer; scholarly lectures and writings; education and employment background; and other outstanding achievements.
These indicators are not treated equally; some have a higher maximum point value than others.
Step Three: Peer Evaluation by Practice Area
In this step, also known as the “blue ribbon review,” candidates are grouped according to their primary areas of practice. The candidates in each practice area with the highest point totals from steps one and two above are asked to serve on a blue ribbon panel. The panelists are then provided a list of candidates from their practice areas to review, rating them on a scale of one to ten.
Candidates are grouped into four firm-size categories. Those with the highest point totals from each category are selected. This means solo and small firm lawyers are compared with other solo and small firm attorneys, and large firm lawyers compete with other large firm lawyers. Five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.
The research staff checks each candidate’s standing with the local licensing authority. Each candidate is asked to aver that they have never been subject to disciplinary or criminal proceedings.
Final Internet searches are performed on each candidate to ensure there are no outstanding matters that would reflect adversely on the lawyer. We also contact each lawyer to ensure accuracy of all published information.
The final published list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state. The lists are published annually in state and regional editions of Super Lawyers magazines and in inserts and special advertising sections in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers. All attorneys selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, regardless of year, can be found on superlawyers.com.
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Mr Katz received this award due to his multiple million dollar settlements on behalf of his clients.Read More
The Top Trial Lawyers In America
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements who pay a fee to be included.
The organization has begun in 1993 and now approximately has 3000 members throughout the country (and several members in Canada and England). Many of our members have achieved numerous million and multi-million dollar results (several members have won billion dollar cases). Their practice areas include most areas of litigation, including: major personal injury, products liability, malpractice, construction, environmental, employment, insurance and business litigation. The common fact is that they have each demonstrated, in an objective and tangible way, their ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases. Certification by the Million Dollar Advocates Forum provides recognition of such accomplishment and a national network of experienced colleagues for information exchange, assistance and professional referral.
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Certified Civil Attorney
Mr. Katz is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a status held by only 2% of New Jersey attorneys.Read More
Certified Civil Attorney
Why Should You Use a Certified Civil or Criminal Attorney?
- What is a “Certified Trial Attorney?”“Certified Trial Attorney” is a designation granted by the New Jersey Supreme Court to attorneys who are able to demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge and skill in criminal and/or civil trial practice. The Supreme Court, through its Board on Attorney Certification, designates only those lawyers who apply for certification and who are able to meet the standards set by the Board and approved by the Court.
- What are the requirements for Board Certification?An attorney must meet the following requirements to become Board Certified:
- Must be a member in good standing of the New Jersey bar for at least 5 years.
- In the 3 years prior to filing an application, must have taken continuing legal education courses.
- Must show a substantial involvement in preparation of litigated matters and demonstrate primary responsibility for a specific number of completed trials in New Jersey Superior Court.
- Must demonstrate an unblemished reputation by submitting a list of attorneys and judges who will attest to the applicant’s character and ability.
- Must pass written examination covering various aspects of trial practice.
- Why does New Jersey have a program for Certification in trial law?The certification program helps consumers find attorneys who have a recognized level of competence in specialized fields of the law. Certification also helps lawyers by giving them a way to make their experience known to the public and to other lawyers.
- How many attorneys are certified in New Jersey?As of December 31, 1997, out of approximately 65,150 lawyers in New Jersey, 1,300 were Board certified.
- How does the consumer know if an attorney is Board certified?Although many practicing trial attorneys now advertise in newspapers, on television and in the Yellow Pages, only attorneys certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court are entitled to use either the designation “Certified Civil Trial Attorney” or “Certified Criminal Trial Attorney” on their letterhead, business cards, Yellow Pages listings or in their advertisements.
- What if I have more questions or need to find out more about Certification?Anyone in need of more information regarding the certification program should address his/her questions to:
Board on Attorney CertificationP.O. Box 970
Trenton, NJ 08625
Law Dragon 3000
Mr. Katz is one of only 3000 lawyers in the U.S. selected for this prestigious award.Read More
The Lawdragon 3000 represents less than one percent of the legal profession and is the most elite group of legal professionals compiled in the country. Lawdragon creates its guides to the best lawyers in the United States through a unique combination of online balloting and independent research. Its reporters and editors interview thousands of lawyers to get their input on the top ‘Dragons’ in any region or practice field. They also collect votes through their online ballot, which democratizes such lists, allowing lawyers who might be overlooked through traditional surveying techniques, to be identified. Those submissions are then researched and vetted by their editorial staff. To select their guide, they survey the quality of the votes an individual receives (more weight, for instance, to the vote of a corporate counsel than to a partner in the nominee’s firm) while acknowledging the quantity of votes. Based on that combination as well as vetting of recent cases and activity, they assemble a guide that reflects geographic and practice diversity while always underscoring excellence.
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