(see also MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION AND QUALIFICATION PROCEDURE)
MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM
The organization was created by a California trial lawyer to serve two essential purposes. First, to recognize the skills, experience and accomplishments of trial lawyers who had won large and complex cases. Second, to provide a national network of experienced colleagues who handle such cases, to facilitate information exchange, local assistance and case referrals. The organization was created and membership invitations were sent to a number of trial lawyers throughout the country who had won million and multi-million dollar cases. Membership invitations are now sent only to attorneys who objectively appear to be qualified, including those whose names have been proposed from case reports and nominations of current members. Other attorneys who are qualified may apply for membership. Membership requires completion, review and approval of a detailed membership application.
At the request of members, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum was organized in 2007.Membership Application Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Membership Application Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
COST OF MEMBERSHIP
Fees refunded if Application for Membership not approved. There are no annual due or fees to maintain membership status (Member must remain a member in good standing of the bar, licensed to practice in his or her jurisdiction).
Million Dollar Advocates Forum: $1500 one-time fee for application, certification and Life Membership. There are no further or annual dues.
All members are listed by Name, City and State in the Member Directory. Members have the option of including their Firm Name, a link to their Firm Website and a statement of their Areas of Practice in the Member Directory. Please see EXPANDED DIRECTORY LISTING / FIRM WEBSITE LINK OPTION.
NUMBER AND LOCATION OF MEMBERSThere are over 5000 members located in all states, and several members in Canada and England. Please see MEMBER DIRECTORY.
TYPES OF TRIAL LAWYERS WHO ARE MEMBERSThe quality of our membership is very impressive. Many of our members have achieved numerous million and multi-million dollar results. Their practices include all types of litigation, including: major personal injury, products liability, malpractice, construction, environmental, employment, insurance, class action and business litigation. The common fact is that they have each demonstrated, in an objective and tangible way, their ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases.
Essentially, members must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which a verdict and final entered judgment, award or settlement in the (present value) amount of one million dollars or more was obtained (two million dollars or more for the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum). Please see the following for complete membership requirements:
Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Application for Membership
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Application For Membership
ISSUES REGARDING CASE QUALIFICATION
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum was founded in 1993 upon the basic qualification of a "trial verdict, award or settlement in the amount of One Million dollars or more". In the process of considering applications of prospective members, issues have arisen which have required continuing refinement of qualification standards and definitions. Current definitions and standards include the following (One Million Dollar references to be read as Two Million Dollars with regard to Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum).
Therefore, the actual case name need not be disclosed. If possible, we would like to see the nature of the case, the jurisdiction and year of settlement. As to the amount, if you are not comfortable stating the actual amount, you may include a statement such as “settled for a confidential amount which was at least one million dollars [two million for the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum] in cash or present cash value at time of settlement”. At a minimum regarding amount, you might state "settled for a confidential amount which qualifies under the membership requirements of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum [or, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum]." If we do not feel such information is sufficient, we will contact you in that regard. If you believe it will be helpful, you may attach a redacted copy of the settlement agreement or other relevant documents. Whatever information you provide will be kept confidential by us. We do not disclose information about members’ qualifying cases, whether confidential or not.
Entry Of Final Judgment Or Final Settlement
Definition Of "Principal Counsel"
Definition Of "Final Judgment"
Settlement After Trial (without entry of judgment)
Settlement After Trial (with entry of final judgment)
Settlement After Trial Verdict Of Less Than One Million Dollars
Effect Of Damage Cap Laws
Costs, Interest & Fees As Part Of Judgment
Summary Adjudication And Default Judgments
Divorce and Family Law Cases
Award To Multiple Clients / Class Actions
HOW TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP
Membership Application forms must be submitted online. Click on one of the following for an application formMILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM- APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM - APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
You may contact Member Legal Services, directly:
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