MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM
MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM
Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
(which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Its members have won million,
multi-million and billion dollar
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
Dollar Advocates Forum was organized in 2007.
Application Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Application Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
membership provide a dignified and professional means by which trial
lawyers may communicate (to referring attorneys, clients and others)
the fact of their successful experience in handling large and
complex cases. Members are authorized to hold themselves out as
members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and/or Multi-Million
Dollar Advocates Forum in any manner
consistent with rules of professional conduct applicable in their
PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING &
Membership provides an
informal national network of highly experienced trial counsel for
local assistance and information exchange.
All members are listed in the
List/ Professional Referral Directory. The list is not
intended as a "find a lawyer" list for the general public. It is
primarily intended to be a resource for other attorneys (members and
non-members) for professional referrals and information exchange.
Members receive a
high quality membership certificate certifying that they are members of the
Million Dollar Advocates Forum or Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum receive both.
A press release is issued
announcing certification as a member. The press release is sent directly to
the member for distribution to appropriate publications, clients and
referring attorneys. For further
information see Press
USE OF LOGOS AND OTHER TRADEMARKS
Members may use the Logos and other
identifying marks of the Million
Dollar Advocates Forum and/or Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum to indicate their membership subject to
Use Of Logos By Members.
Members may use such logos on websites, letterhead, business cards,
advertising, etc. in any manner consistent with Rules of Professional
Conduct applicable in members' jurisdictions.
MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES
FORUM (available to qualified members)
COST OF MEMBERSHIP
$1200 one-time fee for
application, certification and Life Membership. There are no further or annual dues.
Dollar Advocates Forum:
$1000 one-time fee for
application, certification and Life Membership. There are no further or
annual dues. Applicants must be a member of the Million Dollar
Advocates Forum (or apply concurrently for such membership) to
become members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
The total fee for joining both concurrently is
(applies only if joining concurrently using one application).
Join Million Dollar Advocates Forum:
Join Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
Forum if already a
member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum: $1000
Join both concurrently (one
NUMBER AND LOCATION OF MEMBERS
There are over 4000 members located in all states, and several members in Canada and England.
TYPES OF TRIAL LAWYERS
WHO ARE MEMBERS
The 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, 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).
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one of the following for complete
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Dollar Advocates Forum
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The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum was
established in 2007. There are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
(established 1993) who may have had multi-million dollar cases but who have not
applied for membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum although they
may be qualified. Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is not
intended to imply that a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum may not
have had multi-million dollar cases.
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):
Qualifying settlements are often subject to
confidentiality provisions. In such cases, the applicant may provide a
general description of the case, certifying as a member of the Bar that such
description is true. Such description must include sufficient information
(to the extent allowed by the terms of the settlement) as to case identity,
jurisdiction, case type and terms to identify a specific case, even if not by
name. For example: "Los Angeles Superior Court, 1999; medical
malpractice, failure to diagnose breast cancer; Doe vs Roe Hospital, et al.;
settled for $2 Million (present cash value)", or, if terms prevent stating the
amount, "settled for payment of One Million Dollars or more (present cash
value)". We prefer to have as much specificity as possible. If the
information provided is stated to be confidential, we will not divulge it absent
legal obligation to do so.
Entry Of Final
Judgment Or Final Settlement
There must be an entered final judgment or a final
(present cash value) settlement in the amount of One Million Dollars or more.
A verdict which does not result in a final entered judgment (or a settlement) of
One Million Dollars or more does not qualify.
Of "Principal Counsel"
"principal counsel" is intended to include the one or more attorneys
who were primarily in charge of and responsible for the preparation, management,
settlement and trial of a qualifying case. It is not necessarily limited to one
attorney, nor is it limited to lead (i.e. "first chair") trial
counsel. It is recognized that the responsibility for, and management of, a
complex case often involves a team of attorneys who serve as co-principal
counsel with different responsibilities. However, it is not intended to include
an attorney simply because he or she worked on the case, referred the case or
brought the case into the office. Where
a case has concluded in trial (as opposed to settlement), and one of the
principal counsel in the case did not actively participate in the trial, all
counsel in the case should agree as to their co-principal counsel status.
Therefore, it is presumed that an applicant who states that he or she was
"principal counsel" in a qualifying case has clarified that status (as
defined herein) with co-counsel and that there is agreement among all co-counsel that the applicant acted in the capacity of principal counsel.
Of "Final Judgment"
qualifying case was a jury trial verdict or court trial decision, there must
have been entry of a final judgment. The judgment must be: 1) entered; and, 2)
no longer subject to change. The judgment is not "final" for purposes
of qualification if it is subject to post-trial motions or appeal. A
judgment reversed on appeal does not qualify.
Settlement After Trial (without entry of judgment)
In some cases, a trial may result in an award of
One Million Dollars or more and then the case is settled post-trial and
dismissed without a final judgment being entered. In such cases,
regardless of the amount of the trial verdict, the amount of the ultimate
settlement (One Million Dollars or more, present value) is the determining
factor for qualification. Example: verdict of One Million Dollars,
post-trial settlement of $750,000 with dismissal of case (and, therefore, no
entry of One Million Dollar judgment) - does not qualify.
After Trial (with entry of final judgment)
If a verdict
and the entered final judgment are in the amount of One Million
Dollars or more, a case will qualify even if an
ultimate settlement is reached which is less than One Million Dollars. The
determining factor in such a case is the final entry of judgment in the
qualifying amount. Example: verdict of One Million Dollars, with final
judgment entered in such amount, and then settled for $750,000 - qualifies.
After Trial Verdict Of Less Than One Million Dollars
Regardless of the amount of a trial verdict, if the
ultimate settlement is One Million Dollars or more the case qualifies based upon
Effect Of Damage Cap Laws
Some states have statutory limits on the amount of
damages which may be awarded in certain types of cases (e.g., medical
malpractice claims in California, government tort claims in New Mexico) which
may result in a verdict being reduced prior to entry of judgment. The
final entered judgment (after any such reduction) must be in the amount of One
Million Dollars or more.
Interest & Fees As Part Of Judgment
judgment will qualify if the amount entered as the final judgment, or the amount
actually paid, is One Million
dollars or more including costs, interest and fees. Example: verdict
$900,000, final entry of judgment $1,050,000 (with interest and costs)
Adjudication And Default Judgments
Judgments entered upon summary adjudications and default judgments do not
qualify. Qualification as a verdict or award requires presentation of evidence
at a contested trial or binding arbitration proceeding.
Divorce and Family Law Cases
Although we recognize that many divorce and
family law cases involve large amounts in controversy and result in complex
legal proceedings, settlements and contested trials, such cases do not qualify
applicants for membership. We recognize that there are members of the Bar
who specialize in these cases and who are highly skilled and experienced
litigators who have obtained large settlements or trial judgments for their
clients. However, at this time, we do not accept such cases for membership
To Multiple Clients / Class Actions
Qualifications require that the applicant's client(s) received a verdict,
award or settlement in the amount of One Million Dollars or more. If the
applicant represented more than one client in a single case and the total
verdict, award or settlement to such clients was One Million dollars or more the
case qualifies. However, amounts awarded to others (not the applicant's own
clients) in the same case do not apply to qualification. A single class
action case in which the applicant represented multiple clients who, as a
group, received a verdict, award or settlement of at least one million dollars
would qualify. For example,
The following would qualify: representation by
the applicant of multiple clients in a single class action case in which the
total received by all such clients was one million dollars or more (although no
individual client received such amount).
The following would not qualify: representation
by the applicant of multiple clients in separate cases against the same
defendant(s) concerning the same issues (for example similar product liability
cases concerning the same product and defendant) unless the client(s) in a
single case received a qualifying amount.
HOW TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
P.O. Box 2684
Del Mar, CA 92014
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