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Wocl Leydon, LLC – Awards, Recognitions, Associations and Memberships

The attorneys at Wocl Leydon, LLC have over 28 years of legal experience and knowledge to put towards your case and in helping you receive the settlement you deserve.  Over the years each of these lawyers has been recognized for various achievements regarding their specific areas of practice and their exemplary client service.  Many times these achievements, recognitions, associations, acknowledgements and memberships are not ones that people outside of the legal field are familiar with or understand.  It is important to us for you to understand what they are, how their being recognized by or associated with them is truly a benefit to you and your case. Below is a list of the achievements and memberships awarded to the attorneys at Wocl Leydon, LLC.

AV Preeminent Rating – Martindale Hubbell

Nick Wocl received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. This is the highest rating available. This rating is intended to help buyers of legal services identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for their need. Those lawyers having received this rating have been identified as having a high level of ethical standards and professional ability. This has been determined through evaluations of lawyers, members of the bar and the judiciary of the United States and Canada.

Top 100 Trial Lawyers – The National Trial Lawyers

The mission of The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 is to preserve and protect justice for all people.  The National Trial Lawyers is an organization which includes the premier trial lawyers from across the country who demonstrate superior qualifications as a civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyer. The lawyers at Wocl Leydon, LLC have been recognized as being among the Top 100 Trial l Lawyers in the state of Connecticut by The National Trial Lawyers. This recognition is awarded only by invitation. Peer nominations and additional third-party research are only a couple of the steps involved in the in depth and extremely thorough evaluation process.

Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a rating of exemplary lawyers from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process (patented by Super Lawyers) includes the following:  independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Upon receipt of all of the required amount of submitted information, an expert review panel evaluates the nominee’s submission and determines their rating. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. Since Super Lawyers is intended to be used as an aid in selecting a lawyer, we limit the lawyer ratings to those who can be hired and retained by the public.

The final published list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state. The lists are published annually in state and regional editions of Super Lawyers Magazines and in inserts and special advertising sections in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers. All attorneys selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, regardless of year, can be found on SuperLawyers.com.

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association

The Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association is a non-profit professional association dedicated to creating and maintaining a more just society by preserving individual rights within the justice system.  It is a fellowship of over 1,300 of Connecticut’s most accomplished and active lawyers who are interested in protecting plaintiffs’ rights and becoming better trial lawyers. CTLA provides its members with high-quality CLE programs, ongoing Community Outreach Projects and a variety of networking opportunities.

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which also includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country.  However large a number that may sound, that number represents fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

The quality of its membership is very impressive and includes many of the top trial lawyers in the country. Many of its members have achieved numerous million and multi-million dollar results (several of its members have also won billion dollar cases). The practice areas of its members include most areas of litigation, including: major personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, construction, environmental, employment, insurance and business litigation. The commonality amongst them all is that they have all demonstrated, in both an objective and tangible way, their ability to accomplish superior results in complex litigation cases. The certification by the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a recognition of this accomplishment and an induction into a national association of truly special and elite colleagues for the purpose of information exchange, assistance, professional referral and continuing the improvement and growth of the legal profession.

National Board of Trial Advocacy

A National Board of Trial Advocacy “certified” attorney has demonstrated skill and expertise in a particular field and has proven it through rigorous examination and testing by the NBTA. The NBTA and other organizations accredited by the American Bar Association must demonstrate that a lawyer who is “certified” has an enhanced level of expertise and substantial involvement in the specialty area of certification. The standards are designed to enable the NBTA to thoroughly evaluate the objectives, standards and procedures of attorneys and to facilitate public access to appropriate legal services. 

Both Nick Wocl and Brenden Leydon have been “certified” in their particular practice areas, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability, respectively.  This means that, similar to the medical profession in where it’s impossible for one doctor to remain current in all specialty areas, the legal profession contains such a vast number of practice areas that attorneys can no longer be all things to all people. However, unlike the medical profession, which has embraced specialization and specialty certification, the legal arena has been slow to do so.  In order to assist the public in their search for superior legal service, the American Bar Association of America has now accredited the National Board of Trial Advocacy. This has allowed for the establishment of such a process and certification which has as its ultimate end the protection and preservation the rights of all people.

Best Lawyers

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review. The process is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical region and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. Our belief has always been that the quality of a peer-review survey is directly related to the quality of its voting pool.

The process is as follows:

1) Nominations – the nominations are open to any attorney who is licensed to practice in the state and who is in good standing with the state bar.  Those nominations can come from clients, other lawyers or other reliable sources. 

  • Please note that the nominator, or number of nominations received, has no effect on a lawyer’s recognition.
  • Best Lawyers does not accept nominations for in-house lawyers. All candidates must be in private practice.
  • All lawyers in the previous edition of Best Lawyers are automatically nominated into their recognized practice areas for the next peer-review process and must garner enough positive feedback to be highlighted in the next edition.
  • While there is no limit to the number of lawyers a firm may nominate, we suggest that nominees be in practice for at least 10 years in order to give them time to build a legal presence in their community and practice areas.
  • Anyone can submit a nomination, but we ask that a lawyer not nominate himself or herself.

2) Peer Review and Voting – Ballots are then generated and distributed to lawyers who are listed by Best Lawyers and are considered to be held in the highest esteem for their particular practice area(s) and geographic region.

  • Ballots are customized by the Best Lawyers staff based on a particular voter’s geographic region and practice area(s).
  • Because Best Lawyers voters provide peer-review within their own geographic region and practice areas lawyers are not allowed to select which nominees (from the entire pool) they want to vote on.
  • Attorneys currently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America are eligible to vote
  • All ballots and information submitted are strictly confidential.
  • “5” is the highest score and indicates that the voter would certainly refer a case to the nominee. “1” is the lowest score and indicates that the voter would definitely not refer a case to the nominee.
  • The option to choose “Do Not Know” is also available to voters, which signifies that the voter is not familiar with particular candidate‘s work.
  • Lawyers are not allowed to vote on themselves. In order to avoid this altogether, we remove an attorneys’ name from his or her own ballot.

3) Analysis and Feedback – Upon voting, Best Lawyers asks the voting lawyers: “If you were unable to take a case yourself, how likely would you be to refer it to this nominee?” The voting lawyers give each nominee a rating of 1-5 (1 being the least likely and 5 being the most likely).  In addition, the voting lawyers are also encouraged to provide additional comments.

4) Eligibility Check – Best Lawyers’ editorial staff calculates the votes and reviews the comments. Once selected, a lawyer is checked state bar association sanction lists to make sure they are in good standing with the ethics committee of their state bar.

5) Announcement – Once the confirmation is complete, those lawyers who have been selected for recognition are notified.  The list of that year’s recognized lawyers is then made public via various Best Lawyers publications across the nation regionally and on the bestlawyers.com website.

  • Contact information for all recognized lawyers is confirmed to ensure accurate information and that clients can reach them.
  • Lawyers who are recognized in the new edition are alerted via email and hard-copy letter. Marketing departments at firms also receive a complete list of the lawyers from their firm who will be recognized by Best Lawyers.

Information concerning nominations, the determination process or any other issue related to Best Lawyers can be found at: info@bestlawyers.com.

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