Bradley Firm Accolades June 2024

The 2024 edition of Chambers USA ranks 151 attorneys and 48 practices areas, as well as 10 attorneys who are ranked nationwide and six nationally ranked practice areas. Highlights include:

  • National rankings for six practice areas: Construction, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance), Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Enforcement & Investigations), Government Contracts, Healthcare, and Product Liability & Mass Torts
  • National rankings for 10 attorneys in their areas of practice: Aron Beezley (Government Contracts; Government Contracts: Bid Protests), Lindsey Boney (Product Liability & Mass Torts), Tripp Haston (Product Liability & Mass Torts), Amy Leopard (Privacy & Data Security: Healthcare), Robert Maddox (Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Enforcement & Investigations)), Kimberly Martin (Product Liability & Mass Torts), Megan McElvy (Oil & Gas Litigation), Haydn Richards (Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance)), Eric Setterlund (Privacy & Data Security: Cybersecurity), and Whitt Steineker (Cannabis Law)
  • Ranked a “Leading Firm” in Alabama in 14 practice areas: Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Construction, Corporate/Commercial, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Environment, Healthcare, Labor & Employment, Litigation: Appellate, Litigation: General Commercial, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Public Finance, Real Estate and Tax
  • Ranked a “Leading Firm” in Georgia for Healthcare and Litigation: General Commercial
  • Ranked a “Leading Firm” in Tennessee in 11 practice areas: Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Construction, Corporate/M&A, Environment, Healthcare, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial, Media & Entertainment, and Real Estate
  • Ranked a “Leading Firm” in Mississippi for Construction, Corporate/Commercial, and Litigation: General Commercial
  • Ranked a “Leading Firm” in North Carolina for Antitrust, Construction, Healthcare, and Litigation: General Commercial
  • Ranked a "Leading Firm" in Texas for Construction, Healthcare, Litigation: General Commercial, and Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Ranked a “Leading Firm” in Washington, D.C., for Construction

Chambers USA, the prestigious, independent referral directory of the legal industry, is produced by London-based Chambers and Partners and annually ranks the leading U.S. firms and attorneys based on in-depth research and client and peer interviews. Individual attorneys are evaluated on their legal knowledge and experience, ability and effectiveness, and client service.

In the Chambers USA High Net Worth Guide 2022, Bradley is top ranked in Alabama for Private Wealth Law, and five of our attorneys are listed for Private Wealth Law.

The 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®  lists 350 attorneys from across all offices, including 77 attorneys who are listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America. In addition, 27 attorneys are named “Lawyer of the Year” in 31 practice areas. In each metropolitan area, only a single attorney in each legal practice area is designated as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

Now in its 30th year, The Best Lawyers in America® is one of the most highly regarded attorney referral publications in the country.

2024 Best Law Firms

Bradley is top ranked for the 14th consecutive year in Best Law Firms® and has Tier 1 national rankings in the 2024 edition for six practice areas: Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants.

The firm also earned 167 Tier 1 metropolitan rankings across 11 of its offices, including:

  • “Top Rated in Atlanta” in four practice areas: Commercial Litigation, International Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation – Banking & Finance, and Litigation – Securities
  • "Top Rated in Birmingham” in 58 practice areas, including Advertising Law, Appellate Practice, Arbitration, Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Economic Development Law, Health Care Law, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants and Real Estate Law
  • "Top Rated in Charlotte” in five practice areas: Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Health Care Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, and Litigation – Construction
  • "Top Rated in Dallas" in three practice areas: Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • “Top Rated in Houston” for Construction Law and Litigation – Construction
  • “Top Rated in Huntsville” in 18 practice areas, including Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Patent Law, Real Estate Law and Tax Law
  • “Top Rated in Jackson” in 16 practice areas, including Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation – Banking & Finance, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • “Top Rated in Montgomery” in seven practice areas: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Public Finance Law, and Tax Law
  • “Top Rated in Nashville” in 40 practice areas, including Arbitration, Banking and Finance Law, Construction Law, Economic Development Law, Entertainment Law – Music, Health Care Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Media Law, Mediation, Patent Law, Trademark Law, and Real Estate Law
  • “Top Rated in Tampa” in 10 practice areas, including Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Real Estate, and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants
  • “Top Rated in Washington, D.C.” in four practice areas: Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

In recent years, Bradley also was recognized as the U.S. “Law Firm of the Year” for Litigation – Construction (2023) and for Construction Law (2022, 2020 and 2018). Only one firm per legal practice receives this designation, making it a particularly meaningful achievement.

The 2024 edition of Best Law Firms includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 127 metropolitan areas. Rankings are based on client evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a national or metropolitan ranking, a law firm practice area must have at least one lawyer in that practice ranked in The Best Lawyers in America®.

Bradley attorneys are consistently named to Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists, which recognize the leading lawyers in each state, including:

  • Seven attorneys listed in Georgia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars for 2023
  • Eight attorneys listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers or Rising Stars for 2023
  • Six attorneys listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers or Rising Stars for 2024
  • 103 attorneys listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, including eight attorneys named to Top 50 or Top 100 lists, for 2023
  • Eight attorneys listed in Florida Super Lawyers or Rising Stars for 2023
  • 12 attorneys listed in Texas Super Lawyers or Rising Stars for 2023

Published by Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations to determine the honorees.

Bradley’s Government Contracts Practice Group was named among Law360’s “2023 Practice Groups of the Year,” which recognizes practice groups that have accomplished the most significant litigation wins or deals over the past year. The firm was previously honored in this category by Law360 in 2021.

Law360 also named the firm’s Construction Practice Group among its “Practice Groups of the Year” in 2020, one of only five firms in the nation to receive the honor from more than 800 submissions.

The 2024 edition of Benchmark Litigation recognized 35 attorneys as “Local Litigation Stars” and 14 attorneys as “Future Stars.”

The firm is ranked Tier 1 nationally for Product Liability and Recall, and Bradley was named a "Highly Recommended Firm” among leading litigation firms for Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee and is “Recommended” in North Carolina. In addition, Benchmark Litigation named partners Leigh Anne Hodge, Lela Hollabaugh and Kimberly Martin to the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” list, and six partners were named to the “40 & Under Hot List," and seven partners were recognized as "Labor & Employment Stars."

  • Litigation Firm of the Year - Tennessee, 2014, 2016, 2020, 2021, 2023, 2024
  • Litigation Firm of the Year - Mississippi, 2013, 2019
  • Litigation Firm of the Year - Alabama, 2013-2016
  • Southeast Firm of the Year, 2018 
  • Appellate Firm of the Year - South, 2013
  • Commercial Litigation Firm of the Year - South, 2013

Benchmark Litigation is the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys based on examination of recent casework and extensive interviews with litigators and clients. Benchmark Litigation determines rankings through peer reviews and case examinations, and is the only publication that focuses exclusively on U.S. litigation.

The 2024 edition of Benchmark Litigation’s Labor & Employment Guide ranked seven partners as “Labor & Employment Stars” and listed Bradley as a “Highly Recommended” firm in Alabama and Tennessee in the area of labor and employment.

The guide is based on research and extensive interviews conducted with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and their clients to identify the leading firms and practitioners across a range of issues related to labor and employment.

Four Bradley attorneys – Lee Bentley, Rob Couch, Wayne Drinkwater, and Matt Lembke – clerked on the United States Supreme Court, and dozens more served as law clerks on other federal and state appellate courts around the country.

Five Bradley attorneys served as Assistant U.S. Attorneys, one was a presidentially appointed U.S. Attorney, and three were supervisory-level Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

47 attorneys recognized by the American Colleges

  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • American College of Bankruptcy
  • American College of Bond Counsel
  • American College of Commercial Finance
  • American College of Construction Lawyers
  • American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
  • American College of Coverage Counsel
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • American College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • American College of LLC and Partnership Attorneys
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • American College of Tax Counsel
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel

Forbes named Bradley one of “America's Top Corporate Law Firms for 2019” and one of the most recommended firms for Real Estate Law.

Forbes' inaugural list included less than 250 law firms, out of the thousands of firms across the U.S. that serve corporate clients. Firms were selected through an online survey that included responses from 2,500 law firm and in-house attorneys recommending firms in up to 17 areas of law.

WomensInc. 2019 Top Law Firms for Women BadgeWomenInc. named Bradley one of the “2019 Top 100 Law Firms for Women.” The list recognizes law firms that demonstrate inclusive, equitable and sincere commitment to advancing opportunities for women.

WomenInc. surveyed leading law firms nationwide with objective criteria for consideration. Among those reviewed, law firms that were recognized had a demonstrated track record of commitment through holistic actions. Important criteria for consideration included activities such as hiring and retaining women attorneys, promoting women attorneys into equity partnership ranks, and providing leadership positions to women attorneys.