Categories & Criteria

Attorney of the Year Award

Open to Anyone in the Georgia Legal Community
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 2018 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 2018 and/or extended into 2019.)

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 June 20 event.
 

Lifetime Achievers

Open 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. 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 June 20 event.
 

Distinguished Leaders

Open to Anyone
This award recognizes lawyers who achieved impressive results in 2018 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 should describe the leader’s role in achieving noteworthy results.
 

On the Rise

Open to Anyone
The Daily Report’s On The Rise program recognizes Georgia’s most promising lawyers under the age of 40 as of June 1, 2019. 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.
 

Best Mentors

Open to Anyone in the Georgia Legal Community
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 should describe the mentor’s role and results.
 

Best Social Mediators

Open to Anyone in the Georgia Legal Community
These aren’t necessarily the lawyers with the most Twitter followers or the most active LinkedIn account. But these honorees will likely have strong followings because their social media educates and, responsibly, entertains lawyers about the practice and the community. Please submit an essay of up to 300 words should describe the nominee’s social media goals and results. Please include links to the nominee’s social media.
 

Most-Effective Deal-makers

Open to Anyone in the Georgia Legal Community
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 should describe the nominee’s deal-making skills, strategies and results.
 

In-House Legal Departments of the Year

Open to Georgia-based Legal Departments from Public or Private Companies and Organizations
The Legal Department of the Year contest recognizes Georgia’s top in-house legal departments. Each essay should be no more than 500 words, and please include Law Department information, as detailed below, to accompany each submission. The awards are based on success stories: how a given corporate counsel’s office, regardless of its size, came up with innovative programs, used ingenuity to solve problems or surmounted a scarcity of resources and still delivered a high quality of client service.

Among the general questions you should try to address in your entry:
 
  • What makes this legal department special? Tell us how it stands out from the crowd.
  • Tell us about any particularly challenging litigation in the last year.
  • How has it managed outside counsel?
  • Has the department had any important developments in its use of technology?
  • Does it have significant pro bono programs? What kind of quality-of-life initiatives has it attempted?
 

In-House Impact

Open to Georgia-based Lawyers from Public or Private Companies and Organizations
In-House Impact: This recognizes an in-house lawyer who had a significant accomplishment in 2018. Please submit an essay of up to 500 words should describe the nominee’s skills, strategies and results.
 

Litigation Departments of the Year — Midsize Firms

These awards are open to law firms of between 31 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
  • Appellate
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • White Collar
  • Other Specialty Practice
 
For each sub-category, please submit the following:
 
  • Three client references, including phone numbers or email addresses.
  • List four or five of your top litigation successes in which the result occurred in 2018. Limit description of each case to no more than 500 words.
  • 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 importance and difficulty of the matters handled, the quality of opposing counsel, ingenuity and diligence. This is no place for false modesty!
 

Litigation Departments of the Year — Small Firms

These awards are open to law firms of between 1 and 30 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
  • Appellate
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • White Collar
  • Other Specialty Practice
 
For each sub-category, please submit the following:
 
  • Three client references, including phone numbers or email addresses.
  • List four or five of your top litigation successes in which the result occurred in 2018. 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 importance and difficulty of the matters handled, the quality of opposing counsel, ingenuity and diligence. This is no place for false modesty!