At UniCourt, we are committed to helping legal professionals make business decisions rooted in reliable data through legal analytics. As part of UniCourt’s Legal Data as a Service (LDaaS) offerings, our legal analytics dashboard and our Legal Data API allows professionals to easily pull analytics reports on the top lawyers and law firms for particular practice areas and jurisdictions for business development and competitive intelligence tasks from legal recruiting to vetting outside counsel.
Last month in our ongoing Leaders in Litigation series, we recognized the nation’s top attorneys and law firms in the practice area of copyright litigation for all federal U.S. District Courts. Now, we are reviewing the top plaintiff attorneys and law firms and the top defense attorneys and law firms in the area of employment discrimination litigation for 2019. For these reports, we have excluded labor and employment cases beyond the scope of employment discrimination litigation, and we have also excluded the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as our series solely recognizes private law firms and attorneys.
Top Plaintiff Attorney Analytics*
The top plaintiff attorney in the area of employment discrimination for 2019 is Matthew G. Bruce of Spitz Law Firm. A graduate of the University of Akron Law School, Mr. Bruce has nearly a decade of experience representing both individuals and businesses in employment discrimination cases throughout Ohio state and federal courts. With extensive jury trial experience, Mr. Bruce states that he finds his “true passion” fighting for individual employees who have been treated unfairly by their employers.
In addition to Mr. Bruce, we recognize top plaintiff attorneys Ari Risson Karpf of Karpf, Karpf & Cerutti, P.C., Marie A. Mattox of Marie A Mattox PA, Sidney L. Gold of Sidney L. Gold & Associates, PC, and Evan McFarland of Spitz Law Firm.
Top Plaintiff Law Firm Analytics*
With offices in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida, the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC ranks as the top employment discrimination plaintiff firm for 2019. The firm comprises a few dozen lawyers with a broad swath of legal practice experiences and focuses solely on litigating employment discrimination and sexual harrassment cases. In its history, the firm obtained multiple multimillion dollar jury verdicts, including the largest emotional distress verdict in U.S. employment law history.
We also recognize noteworthy plaintiff firms Spitz Law Firm, Phillips & Associates, PLLC, HKM Employment Attorneys LLP, and Karpf, Karpf & Ceruti, P.C.
Top Defense Attorney Analytics*
The top defense attorney for employment discrimination in 2019 is Kimberly J. Doud of Littler Mendelson, P.C. Ms. Doud provides employers with preventive counseling on a range of employment issues, from employee discipline to wage and hour compliance. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Doud worked with a Florida-based law firm, where she worked with employers on all aspects of labor and employment law. During her tenure there, she served as general employment counsel to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, representing the Authority in a broad swath of labor relations matters.
In addition to Ms. Doud, we also recognize honorable mentions Daniel F. Fears and Andrew Keith Haeffele of Payne and Fears LLP, Stefan Hocker Black of Ford & Harrison, LLP, and Kyle B. Russell of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Top Defense Law Firm Analytics*
Littler Mendelson, P.C. ranks as the top defense firm for employment discrimination law in 2019. With more than 1,500 attorneys in 80 offices worldwide, Littler is the largest global labor and employment law firm and is focused solely on representing management. Leveraging an integrated strategy, the firm pulls together practitioners with experience in cross-border labor and employment matters in advising clients globally.
In addition to Littler, we recognize prominent defense firms Jackson Lewis P.C., Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Fisher & Phillips LLP, and Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
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