Sure, awards are nice, but they shouldn’t mean much to you when selecting an attorney to handle your serious personal injury case. The only true measure of a personal injury lawyer is winning cases, because at the end of the day, our job is to change lives the only way the law allows: convincing insurance company lawyers to voluntarily (and fairly) pay our client before trial, or convincing a jury to deliver a verdict forcing insurance company lawyers to pay our client. That’s what good trial lawyers do: they get the maximum amount of money for their deserving clients. Indeed, it’s what we do at Davis Adams every day, and it’s why we’ve earned a reputation for excellence.
A natural result of doing good work for clients is public recognition. Jess has won virtually every award available to a trial lawyer practicing in the State of Georgia. He has been named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” in Georgia by The National Trial Lawyers, a Georgia “Super Lawyer,” one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend Magazine, one of the “Top Young Attorneys in Georgia” by Atlanta Magazine, one of Georgia’s “Legal Leaders: Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers” by American Legal Media, and was nominated for the 2014 “Litigator Awards” by the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents. But the truth is that it’s unclear exactly how most of these honors are earned. They just show up in the mail from time to time. And while marketing consultants love this type of fluff, it’s really just that: fluff.
The three awards below are different. They are earned. And they each mean something that should be important to anyone choosing a personal injury attorney.
Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating
According to Martindale-Hubbell®, its Peer Review Ratings™ “are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment, a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”
This Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating confirms that Jess has earned the highest levels of trust and respect among judges and other attorneys in Georgia. What a lawyer’s peers say about him is important.
Avvo Top Attorney: Medical Malpractice (10.0/Superb Rating)
Avvo calculate’s ratings “based on background data we’ve collected on each lawyer. That data may come from various sources, including public records (such as the state bar associations, regulatory agencies, and court records), published sources on the Internet (including lawyers’ websites), and information that lawyers choose to supply to Avvo. This information is then considered and weighted by our mathematical model to arrive at a numerical rating from 1 – 10. The Avvo Rating takes into account factors that we believe are relevant to an assessment of a lawyer’s qualifications, including the attorney’s experience, professional achievements, and disciplinary sanctions.
This Avvo 10.0/Superb Rating confirms that Jess consistently provides exceptional client service. What a lawyer’s former clients say about him is important.
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Lifetime Member)
Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
This Lifetime Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum confirms that Jess has a track record of winning the biggest cases. A lawyer’s proven ability to win large and complex cases is important.