- Attorney of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement
- Distinguished Leaders
- On the Rise
- Best Mentors
- Most Effective Deal-makers
- Legal Innovators
- Diversity Initiative (New in 2022)
- In-House Legal Departments of the Year
- In-House Impact
Attorney of the Year Award
The Daily Report seeks nominations for Attorney of the Year. Our criteria for Attorney of the Year is intentionally broad. This award goes to a Georgia lawyer who in 2021 had the biggest impact on the law or the Georgia legal community, or who did the most to advance the cause of justice. (To be sure, some of this work may have originated before 2021 and/or extended into 2022.)
Please submit up to 500 words explaining why a nominee meets these criteria. With the help of a panel of esteemed lawyers, the Daily Report will recognize three finalists and name one Attorney of the Year at the awards ceremony.
Lifetime AchieversOpen to Anyone in the Georgia Legal Community
This award honors anyone living who has left a lasting imprint on the legal community of Georgia. Please submit up to 500 words explaining why a nominee meets these criteria.
This award recognizes lawyers who achieved impressive results in 2021 and demonstrated clear leadership skills that helped them achieve those results. Examples include—but are not limited to—leading a team that won a big case, helping a firm grow, managing a big deal or getting a key piece of legislation passed (or defeated).
Please submit an essay of up to 500 words that describes the leader’s role in achieving noteworthy results.
On the Rise
The Daily Report’s On The Rise program recognizes Georgia’s most promising lawyers under the age of 40 as of June 1, 2022. This year the Daily Report will be assisted in the selection process by a panel of esteemed lawyers. To qualify, the lawyers must work in Georgia. 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. Please submit an essay of up to 500 words, a high resolution color photo, and two references.
This category recognizes lawyers who have helped less-experienced colleagues become better lawyers. The relationship between mentors and mentees need not be formal. Please submit an essay of up to 300 words that describes the mentor’s role and results.
Quantity or dollar volume are not the only criteria. These deal-makers get repeat business for how they achieve their clients’ goals so that both sides sign on the dotted lines. Please submit an essay of up to 500 words that describes the nominee’s deal-making skills, strategies and results.
Legal InnovatorsOpen to Anyone in the Georgia Legal Community
This award seeks to honor innovative efforts by individual lawyers and legal professionals. Their innovation could be technology-oriented, but it doesn’t have to be. We want to hear about attorneys and legal professionals who have come up with game-changing ideas for their practices or organizations and who were then able to turn that vision into reality. Please submit an essay of up to 500 words describing this person.
Litigation Departments of the Year — Small and Midsize Firms
These awards are open to law firms of between 1 and 200 attorneys total, with any-sized Georgia presence. We would like you to submit matters led by Georgia attorneys, but their cases could be litigated anywhere. We plan to name winners in each sub-category but, depending on the quality of the entries, multiple winners may be named in one group and none in another.
Please compose separate submissions for each sub-category:
- General Litigation
- Intellectual Property
- Labor and Employment
- Personal Injury
- Products Liability
- White Collar
- Other Specialty Practice
For each sub-category, please submit the following:
Two client references, including phone numbers or email addresses.
List four or five of your top litigation successes in which the result occurred in 2021. Limit description of each case to no more than 500 words.
Each result must have been achieved by lawyers while they were members of your firm based in a Georgia office. Do not include results achieved by lateral hires when they were working for a different firm.
For each result, please include the names of clients, lead partners and opposing counsel, as well as contact information for all involved whenever possible.
Descriptions of results should include specific dollar amounts where relevant, but should focus on why the result demonstrates the excellence of your department. Unless otherwise marked, all information submitted will be considered on the record. If your client was represented by more than one firm, please specify your firm’s role.
Briefly describe your firm’s biggest litigation loss in the past two years, with names of opposing counsel.
Give a brief description of three upcoming matters for your firm.
An essay of no more than 500 words explaining why your firm deserves the award. Factors we’re looking for are the importance and difficulty of the matters handled, the quality of opposing counsel, ingenuity and diligence. This is no place for false modesty!
Most Innovative Law Firms
Law Firm of the Year
This award will go to the firm that has the best and most meritorious submissions across multiple categories. The purpose of the award is to recognize the Georgia firm that has demonstrated a broad spectrum of achievements in the past year and talent depth. In order to be considered, firms must enter submissions across multiple categories. At a minimum, firms must submit in the following categories: Attorney of the Year, Lifetime Achievers, Distinguished Leaders and/or On the Rise AND Mentors, Legal Innovators/Most Innovative Firm, Litigation Departments and/or Dealmakers categories.
What is the biggest challenge in maintaining its Atlanta ties as it aims for prominence in the global legal market?
What changes do you foresee as clients and the firm endure the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic effects?
Diversity Initiative (New to 2022 Awards Program)
The Diversity Initiative award goes to a firm (any size) that has embraced diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
In-House Impact: This recognizes an in-house lawyer or legal professional who had a significant accomplishment in 2021. Please submit an essay of up to 500 words that should describe the nominee’s skills, strategies and results.