By: Chris Reynolds
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What Does “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” Mean?
“The National Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7.”
Most attorneys have never set foot in a courtroom. A recent survey by the American Bar Association indicates that about 95% of all attorneys have never tried a case in front of a jury. Insurance companies know what attorneys file lawsuits and the ones who settle every case with no lawsuit. When an insurance company knows that a law firm doesn’t litigate or try cases, the threat of a big jury verdict is gone, so they make a much lower offer. On the other hand, attorneys who do try cases and litigate tend to get much higher offers to settle. If 95% of the attorneys out there have never tried a case, then only 5% of the attorneys available will get you the highest offer. Chris Reynolds is a trial attorney who has litigated thousands of cases and who is a member of the National Association of Trial Lawyers and has been awarded the top 100 Trial Lawyers designation. Regardless of who you hire, please hire a trial attorney to maximize the offers you get from an insurance company, and then if you don’t like the offer and want to litigate the case and possibly go to trial, you will already have one of the 5% of attorneys who have experience in litigation.