Here at UniCourt, we are committed to helping legal professionals make business decisions rooted in reliable data through legal analytics. As part of our Legal Data as a Service (LDaaS) offerings, our Legal Data APIs allow legal professionals to easily gather the data they need to develop their own custom legal analytics reports. Specifically, our APIs enable them to compile analytics on the top lawyers and law firms for particular practice areas and jurisdictions for a variety of efforts, from business development and competitive intelligence tasks to legal recruitment and 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 employment discrimination 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 insurance litigation for 2019.
Top Plaintiff Attorney Analytics*
The top plaintiff attorney in the area of insurance litigation for 2019 is Anthony G. (“Tony”) Buzbee of the Texas-based Buzbee Law Firm. In the 2013 edition of Benchmark Litigation, Mr. Buzbee was dubbed a litigation star and his firm was named one of five “highly recommended” plaintiffs’ firms. The New York Times has similarly labeled him “one of the most successful trial lawyers in the country.” Among his client roster is famed recording artist Jimmy Buffet.
After college, Mr. Buzbee served in the United States Marine Corps, where he was widely commended for his outstanding service and was awarded a prestigious Navy Commendation Medal. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Houston Law Center and a member of the Order of the Coif, Order of Barristers, and Order of the Barons. He is an adjunct professor at his law school alma mater, a frequent guest lecturer, and an instructor of various CLEs on litigation related topics.
Tied with Mr. Buzbee for recognition as the top insurance litigation plaintiff attorney is Richard D. Daley of Daley & Black, P.C. A trial attorney for more than 20 years, Mr. Daley is licensed to practice in both Texas and Kentucky. Before starting his eponymous firm, Mr. Daley worked for both a large plaintiff firm and a widely-respected defense firm. Mr. Daley is a graduate of UCLA and the University of Illinois Law School. In between his undergraduate and law school years, he played tight-end for the Denver Broncos.
In addition to Mr. Buzbee and Mr. Daly, we recognize top plaintiff attorneys Chad Troy Wilson, Jonathan Shawn Sar, and Sean Bradley Leventhal. Attorneys Sar and Leventhal appeared as partners on all insurance litigation cases included in this review.
Top Plaintiff Law Firm Analytics*
With offices in Florida, Arizona, California, Illinois, Colorado, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Texas, Merlin Law Group ranks as the top insurance litigation plaintiff firm for 2019. Founded in 1985, the firm represents insurance policyholders throughout the United States. Many of the firm’s attorneys – who are collectively licensed to practice in 22 states – previously worked in the insurance industry and as such, bring a strong command of insurance practices to the firm.
We also recognize noteworthy firms Franklin D. Azar & Associates PC, Daly & Black, P.C., The Buzbee Law Firm, and Morgan & Morgan, PA.
Top Defense Attorney Analytics*
The top defense attorney for insurance litigation in 2019 is Rebecca Wagner of Campbell Wagner Frazier & Dvorchak, LLC. A Colorado native, Ms. Wagner holds both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado. Her practice focuses on insurance defense, bad faith litigation, appellate work, and general civil litigation, and she has tried numerous cases in both state and federal courts.
In addition to Ms. Wagner, we also recognize noteworthy defense attorneys John Michael Pennekamp, Brian John Spano, George Howard Arnold, and Andrew P. Rock.
Top Defense Law Firm Analytics*
Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP ranks as the top defense firm for insurance litigation in 2019. Butler’s practice is dedicated solely to defense and insurance litigation, primarily representing corporations, insurance companies, and insured individuals across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Caribbean. With a 40-year track record of success, the firm’s attorneys currently operate in eight offices nationwide.
We also recognize prominent insurance defense firms Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, and Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.
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