The Daily Business Review is sponsoring its annual Florida Legal Awards recognizing professional excellence in the legal community in assorted areas of the law. Honorees will be recognized in two special reports to be published in May and June 2021. Awards will be given at an event set in May 2021 in Miami.

We do not accept nominations by email. These category descriptions are meant to be used as a guide, but the exact questions can be found in the nominations awards portal. Please register and log into the Florida Legal Awards nominations portal site to submit your nomination.

Please contact DBR Managing Editor Catherine Wilson at cwilson@alm.com or Recognition Events Manager Pearl Wu at pwu@alm.com if you have any questions.


All nominations are due by February 10, 2021


Open to All Law Firms

Attorney of the Year Award

Open to Law Firms of All Sizes
The Daily Business Review seeks nominations for Attorney of the Year. To qualify, a nominee’s work in 2020 produced a distinct impact in the field of law or the legal profession in Florida. Our criteria for Attorney of the Year is intentionally broad. Nominees accomplished something notable in the law or legal community in the past year or did the most to advance the cause of justice. Please submit a 400-word nomination explaining why you believe special recognition is deserved. The DBR will recognize three finalists and name one Attorney of the Year at a May 2021 event in Miami.

Lifetime Achievers

Open to Law Firms of All Sizes
Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement award will be recognized for having a significant impact on the practice of law in Florida over a notable legal career. Please submit a 400-word nomination explaining why you believe special recognition is deserved.

Distinguished Leaders

Open to Law Firms of All Sizes
This award recognizes lawyers who achieved impressive results in 2020 and demonstrated clear leadership skills that helped them achieve those results. That could be a litigation team leader winning a notable case against unfavorable odds, a managing partner who helped the firm negotiate a key acquisition, a judge who oversaw a large mass tort program, a public interest attorney who helped pass legislation or in-house counsel who revamped the legal department. Strong leaders are hard to come by, and the award is about highlighting South Florida lawyers who demonstrated great performances as well as valuable leadership skills while doing it. An essay of up to 400 words should describe the leader’s role in achieving noteworthy results.

On the Rise

Open to Law Firms of All Sizes

The DBR On The Rise program recognizes the region’s most promising lawyers under the age of 40 as of the nomination deadline. To qualify, the lawyers must work in South Florida. We’re looking for lawyers who have wielded influence in their practice areas in South Florida and beyond. They should be innovators, developing unique practice niches, amassing robust books of business, demonstrating strong leadership qualities, showing expertise in litigation or transactional work, and committing themselves to pro bono, charitable and professional volunteer work. For this contest, we are asking you to provide:

1.  An essay of no more than 500 words describing why the nominee should be selected.
2.  A biography of the nominee, including the following information:
  • Employer, Title, City, Birthdate (confidential), Education
  • Legal work experience including notable cases, transactions and clients, dates and employer names
  • Other relevant information such as awards, affiliations and significant publications

3.  A high-resolution photo of the nominee.
4.  Contact information for two references who can be contacted for an on-the- record conversation about the nominee’s legal work and accomplishments.

We do not accept nominations by email. Please register and log into the Florida Legal Awards nominations site to submit your nomination.

Innovators

Open to Law Firms of All Sizes
The Daily Business Review seeks nominations for Innovation, whether it’s new practice groups or programs, upgrades in internal operations, or technology for use by the firm or clients. To qualify, the bulk of the nominee’s work should have been completed in 2020. Please submit a 400-word nomination explaining why you believe special recognition is deserved based on unique ways of differentiating a practice group in a crowded market.

Best Mentors

Open to Law Firms of All Sizes
Best Mentor awards honors South Florida attorneys who take it upon themselves to prepare the next generation of legal talent. We are looking for someone who passed along valuable knowledge to younger attorneys, paving the way for advancement and stellar contributions to the profession. Please submit a 400-word nomination explaining why you believe special recognition is deserved.

Social Impact

Open to Law Firms of All Sizes
The Daily Business Review seeks nominations for law firms that demonstrate social responsibility through client-focused efforts, pro bono work, charitable drives, special projects or other avenues. Please submit a 400-word nomination explaining why you believe special recognition is deserved.

Real Estate Transactions

Open to Law Firms of All Sizes
The Daily Business Review seeks nominations for Real Estate Transactions. To qualify, the bulk of the nominee’s work should be completed in 2020. Please submit a 400-word nomination explaining why you believe special recognition is deserved.

Unsung Heroes

Open to Law Firms of All Sizes
This is a new category this year. Choose an attorney who has gone unnoticed for or worked behind the scenes on particularly important work. Attorneys must be from firms with fewer than 200 lawyers. To nominate yourself, a friend or colleague, please submit a 400-word nomination.

Diversity and Inclusion — Individual and Firm

Open to Law Firms of All Sizes
Do you know a lawyer or law firm that has made a significant contribution to diversity and inclusion efforts in Florida’s legal community? This is a new category this year and awards will be presented for both individual attorneys and law firms that have made substantial progress in improving their firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

Open to Midsize & Small Law Firms

Litigation Departments of the Year — Small / Midsize Firms

Open to Law Firms With Fewer Than 200 Attorneys
We invite you to participate in the Daily Business Review’s Litigation Departments of the Year awards open to small and midsize law firms. The contest will recognize firms for general litigation and top specialty practice groups. The competition is open to law firms with a Florida presence of fewer than 200 attorneys. We want to identify and reward powerhouse practices in our area, and we understand many lawyers and law firms have regional or national practices. We would like you to submit matters led by Florida attorneys, but their cases could be litigated anywhere.

Please compose separate submissions by category, and multiple submissions are encouraged. Pay special attention to the department’s overall litigation work and cases in specialty areas like commercial, products liability/mass torts, bankruptcy, intellectual property, insurance, labor and employment, real estate, construction, professional regulation, white-collar and all other practice areas. (The American Lawyer has its own contest for larger law firms.)

For each entry, we are asking you to submit a Word document or PDF with the following:
  • A list of 4 or 5 litigation results obtained pretrial, in trial or on appeal in 2020 with brief descriptions of their significance and ranked in order or importance based on the significance of the result for your client and contributions made by your Florida lawyers. The description of results should include specific dollar awards or amounts in controversy where relevant but should focus on why the result demonstrates the excellence of your department. Please include the names of clients, lead partners, opposing counsel and contact information for them. If your client was represented by more than one firm, please specify your firm’s role. (Do not include results achieved by lateral hires when they were working for a different firm.)
  • An essay of up to 500 words explaining why your firm should win. Factors we’re looking at are the importance and difficulty of the matters handled, the quality of opposing counsel, ingenuity and diligence. This is no place for false modesty!

Please submit additional information:
  • A brief description of three upcoming matters for your firm.
  • A brief description of your firm’s biggest litigation loss in the past two years with names of opposing counsel.
  • The size of your firm’s litigation department in Florida and firmwide as of Dec. 31, 2020. (Please specify number of partners, associates and other).
  • The revenue percentage of the litigation department compared to overall firm revenue.
  • Three client references, including phone numbers and email addresses.
  • A contact person at your firm who can respond to questions.
     
Unless otherwise marked, all information submitted will be considered on the record. All nominations are due by Feb. 10, 2021.

We do not accept nominations by email. These category descriptions are meant to be used as a guide, but the exact questions can be found in the nominations awards portal. Please register and log into the Florida Legal Awards nominations portal site to submit your nomination.

Open to Corporate Counsel

GC Impact

Open to Public and Private Corporate Counsel
This recognizes an in-house lawyer who had a significant accomplishment in 2019-20. Aspects to consider include budgeting, corporate compliance, outside counsel management, technology, diversity, quality of life, community service and special performance by solo general counsel. To nominate yourself, a colleague or friend, please submit a 400-word nomination.