Awards & Recognition
The National Law Journal Plaintiffs’ Hot List is based on the NLJ’s survey of the litigation scene over the 12 months leading up to the announcement of the list. The NLJ asks its readers (primarily attorneys) to nominate plaintiffs’ firms with at least one significant win within the period, plus an impressive record of victories over the preceding five years, which means “prevailing in a bench or jury trial worth lots of money or testing a legal theory with the potential to shape future litigation.” Based on this criteria, the NLJ has named BL to its annual Hot List for the past nine years. To read more about the NLJ’s recognition of Bernstein Liebhard, click here. In 2012, Bernstein Liebhard LLP was named for the fifth consecutive year to The Legal 500,, a guide which “provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers, in over 100 countries.” The publication ranked the firm as one of the top seven plaintiffs’ firms that litigate securities class actions and mass torts. According to its editors, “firms recommended in these tables have a proven track record of success in complex litigation.” The editors further noted that “[t]he greatest weight is accorded to firms that are regularly selected to take lead counsel roles in litigation, or which serve on plaintiffs’ steering committees or act as liaison counsel.” Additionally, The Legal 500 recognized several of the firm’s partners as leaders in their fields: “Practice head Stanley Bernstein is recommended for his ‘excellent and persuasive performance in court, mediation and negotiations’, as is Jeffrey Haber for his ‘promptness in furnishing drafts’ and receptiveness to client concerns.” The publication also recommended partners U. Seth Ottensoser and Felecia Stern. The respected legal guide, Martindale-Hubbell, has given Bernstein Liebhard its highest ratings for legal ability (A) and ethical standards (V).
In 2006 and 2007, Stanley Bernstein was named by Lawdragon as among the top lawyers in the country for his extraordinary professional achievements. Lawdragon uses a proprietary rating system that weighs an objective assessment of attorneys’ achievements and bar participation with journalistic reporting and online surveying of clients and peers. The Lawdragon 3000 honors fewer than 1 percent of all the lawyers in America.
Four of the firm’s partners have been named Super Lawyers in the class action field by Super Lawyers magazine since 2007: Senior Partner Stanley D. Bernstein was named in 2007, 2008 and 2009, Partner Jeffrey M. Haber was named in 2008, 2009 and 2010, Partner U. Seth Ottensoser was named in 2010, and Partner Felecia L. Stern was named in 2011. In addition, Mr. Haber and Mr. Ottensoser have been included in the 2011 Super Lawyers Business Edition in the litigation practice area for their work in securities litigation.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP has been named in the inaugural edition of Benchmark Plaintiff 2012: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Plaintiff Firms & Attorneys. Bernstein Liebhard has been recommended as one of the top local litigation firms in New York, and Senior Partners Stanley D. Bernstein and Sandy A. Liebhard have been recognized as “local litigation stars” for their securities work – a distinction earned by being recommended consistently as “reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers.” As described by its editors, Benchmark Plaintiff focuses exclusively on plaintiff litigation, “highlighting firms and individuals responsible for bringing the cases that matter.” Ranking recognition was achieved through targeted questioning that specifically solicits peer feedback regarding firms conducting plaintiff work.