While awards for excellence in the field of personal injury law should not necessarily be the sole criteria for hiring one lawyer over another after you are injured or a death of a loved one following a traumatic event, it is one indication that the law firm has established itself as a quality provider of legal services. Here are some of the additional awards that Steven M. Sweat, APC has received in the last 20 years as accolades for excellence in representing persons injured or the families of persons killed in personal injury related matters:
“Best Attorney’s of America” This is a national award that is sent to attorneys throughout the U.S. by invitation only. The criteria for selection to this distinguished group of legal advocates includes, “experience, reputation, honors, legal activities, involvement in State Bar Associations, published articles and/or other insightful information.” profile here(See our). This is an honor bestowed upon less than 1% of attorneys in the U.S. and demonstrates that the lawyer has, “an extraordinary level of legal expertise, competency, professional reputation and ethical standards.
“National Trial Lawyers Top 100” The stated goal of the National Trial Lawyers Association is to, “promote excellence and foster diversity in the legal profession through advocacy training, networking and education of trial lawyers.” As described by the organization, it is a “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 . . ..” (See our listing here).
“American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys – Top 10 in California” This is an “impartial third party rating organization” that compiles and exclusive list of the “10 Best” attorneys in different fields of law in each state. In order to receive this award, a lawyer must
- “Be formally nominated by the Institute, client, and/or fellow Attorney;
- Have attained the highest degree of professional achievement in his or her field of law; and
- Having done so with an impeccable Client Satisfaction rating.”
“Ethical Lawyers of America” This organization has a simple and straightforward mission states as follows: ”
(1) Assist the public in their search for an ethical attorney by
(2) Only listing ethical lawyers who have demonstrated a proven history of honesty, integrity and civility in the legal profession.”
As stated on their website, “There are numerous peer review publications that rate lawyers based upon their “professional” accomplishments, however we believe an attorney’s objectively verifiable “ethical” accomplishments are just as important (and perhaps more important) then the subjective results obtained through peer review submissions.” Steven M. Sweat, APC is proud to be a member of this organization and agrees that hiring an ethical attorney is just as important if not more important that hiring a lawyer who has demonstrated excellence in the practice of law.
“Million Dollar Advocates Forum” This is an organization that was founded in 1993 to distinguish personal injury attorneys who had obtained million plus dollar awards for their clients. A strict application process is required where the organization vets each lawyer to confirm that they have, “acted as Principal Counsel (as that term is defined in the membership application) in one or more cases which resulted in a final judgment (not subject to appeal or modification), award or settlement in favor of his or her client in the amount of one million dollars or more.”
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charity – Honorary Board Member The Los Angeles Trial Lawyer’s Charity is an organization of trial attorneys in L.A. that formed a non-profit group to assist and help those in need including homeless and battered women. Steven Sweat is proud to be an honorary board member of this organization.
Better Business Bureau of Los Angeles – A+ Rating: Steven M. Sweat, APC holds and A+ Rating with the BBB of Southern California in the category of “Attorneys and Lawyers – Personal Injury and Property Damage”. See our listing here .
“Lead Counsel” Rated Lawyer: “Lead Counsel” is a rating service that attempts to find “professionals” with “relevant experience” who meet “strict quality assurance standards”. In order to be selected as a “Lead Counsel” lawyer, an attorney must apply and verify their credentials regarding the following:
- Professional Experience
- Peer Recommendations
- Spotless Record (i.e. no record of public discipline)
Steven M. Sweat, APC is proud to hold this distinction as yet another affirmation of our dedication to providing quality legal representation in personal injury cases. (listing here)