Awards & Recognition
Bernstein Liebhard LLP has been named to The National Law Journal for thirteen years. The Plaintiffs’ Hot List is based on a survey of the litigation scene that is conducted by the NLJ in the 12 month period leading up to its release. Readers of the NLJ (primarily attorneys) are asked to nominate plaintiffs’ firms with at least one significant win within the period, plus an impressive record of victories over the preceding five years, defined as “prevailing in a bench or jury trial worth lots of money or testing a legal theory with the potential to shape future litigation.” To read more about the NLJ’s recognition of Bernstein Liebhard, click here.
For the ninth consecutive year, Bernstein Liebhard LLP has been listed in The Legal 500, which ranked it among the nation’s top seven plaintiffs’ law firms in the nation that litigate securities, class actions and mass torts. Additionally, The Legal 500 recognized several of the Firm’s partners as leaders in their fields. The Legal 500 “provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers, in over 100 countries.” 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.”
The respected legal guide, Martindale-Hubbell, has given Bernstein Liebhard its highest ratings for legal ability (A) and ethical standards (V).
Senior Partner, Stanley D. Bernstein, has been selected by Lawdragon as one of the “500 Top Litigators in America” 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% of the lawyers in America.
Since 2007, three of the Firm’s partners have been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine. Senior Partner Stanley D. Bernstein was named to the Super Lawyers list in 2007-2009 and 2012-1015. Partner U. Seth Ottensoser was named a Super Lawyer in 2010, 2012-2015. Michael S. Bigin has been named to the Rising Stars list. Two Partners have been named to the Super Lawyers Business Edition: Mr. Bernstein (2013) and Mr. Ottensoser (2011, 2013, 2014). Only five percent of the lawyers in New York are named by Super Lawyers.
From 2012-2015, Bernstein Liebhard LLP was listed in Benchmark Plaintiff: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Plaintiff Firms & Attorneys. In addition to the publication’s recommendation of Bernstein Liebhard as one of the top local litigation firms in New York, Senior Partners Stanley D. Bernstein and Sandy A. Liebhard were recognized as “local litigation stars” for their securities work – a distinction granted to attorneys that have been consistently recognized for their “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 solicited peer feedback regarding law firms that conduct plaintiff work.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP was named to The National Law Journal’s inaugural list of “America’s Elite Trial Lawyers” in 2015. The firm was selected as one of the firms that “are doing the most creative and substantial work” in their respective practices and have “pulled in big victories in complex cases that have a wide impact on the law and legal business.” The National Law Journal focused on the diverse nature of the firm’s practice, emphasizing the firm’s “winning record in securities cases” and its growth in the practice areas of antitrust, mass torts, and other complex litigations.