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2011 FLORIDA TREND'S LEGAL ELITE

Esteemed, Endorsed, Elite Peer recognition program garners awards for top 2% of lawyers practicing in the state. This eighth annual edition of Florida Legal Elite recognizes a prestigious list of esteemed attorneys chosen by their colleagues. The 1,352 lawyers listed here exemplify a standard of excellence in their profession, and by doing so have received endorsement from their peers in voting for the 2011 Florida Legal Elite. Balloting began in October 2010 when Florida Trend invited in-state members of the Florida Bar to participate. Announcements in The Florida Bar News publicized the ballot deadline and voting guidelines. Lawyers were asked to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. They were also asked to name three “Up and Coming” attorneys and Government/Non-Profit attorneys. The ballots were tabulated by Bradenton-based Outsource America and Suncoast Opinion Surveys in St. Petersburg. Each lawyer was given a score based on the number of votes received: one point for votes from within their firm or three points for votes from outside their firm. Only lawyers who are currently licensed and practicing in Florida were eligible for selection. The list of top vote-getters was further examined using membership status and histories provided by the Florida Bar. A panel of elite attorneys representing different practice areas in cities across the state, reviewed the selection process and the list of finalists. The resulting list represents approximately 2% of the more than 66,000 active Florida Bar members practicing in Florida. Source: Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, July 2011

2010 FLORIDA TREND’S LEGAL ELITE

The seventh annual edition of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite includes lawyers from 584 different firms and 64 cities around the Sunshine State. This year’s honorees represent 1.8% of Florida attorneys with a 16% increase in votes from 2009. Lawyers were asked to name attorneys they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. The ballots were processed, checked and tabulated by Bradenton-based Outsource America and Suncoast Opinion Surveys in St. Petersburg. The list of finalists was further examined using membership status and histories provided by The Florida Bar. Source: Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, July 2010

2009 FLORIDA TREND’S LEGAL ELITE

This year’s list of 918 Legal Elite attorneys represents less than 2% of the nearly 63,000 Florida Bar members practicing in Florida. Balloting for this year’s list began last October when Florida Trend invited in-state members of the Florida Bar to participate. Announcements in The Florida Bar Journal and The Florida Bar News publicized the ballot deadline and voting guidelines. We also notified last year’s Legal Elite, the lawyers who participated in last year’s balloting, the top contact at 148 law firms, local bar associations and Florida members of the Association of Corporate Counsel by postcard and e-mail that balloting had begun. Lawyers were asked to name attorneys they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. The ballots were processed, checked and tabulated by Bradenton-based Outsource America and Suncoast Opinion Surveys in St. Petersburg. Each lawyer was given a score based on the number of votes he or she received and whether the votes came from within their firm (one point) or outside their firm (three points). Only lawyers who are currently licensed and practicing in Florida were considered eligible. Attorneys were also invited to submit names of lawyers for recognition in a separate Government Attorney category. The list of top vote-getters was further examined using membership status and practice histories provided by the Florida Bar. A panel of previous Legal Elite winners, representing a variety of practice areas in cities across the state, reviewed the selection process and the list of finalists. Source: Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, July 2009

2008 FLORIDA TREND’S LEGAL ELITE

The fifth annual edition of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite names the top 1,170 attorneys who have earned the trust and endorsement of their peers-those who know their work best. This prestigious roster represents 1.9% of the approximately 61,500 active Florida Bar members who practice law in the State of Florida. Florida Trend sends ballots to all in-state members of The Florida Bar. Lawyers were asked to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard—attorneys with whom they have worked or would recommend to others. The ballots were processed, checked and tabulated by Bradenton-based Outsource America and Suncoast Opinion Surveys in St. Petersburg, Florida. The list of finalists was further examined using membership status and histories provided by The Florida Bar. Source: Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, July 2008.

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