Awards and Recognition: Our Attorneys are Recognized by Their Peers and the Legal Industry

Throughout their distinguished careers, the attorneys of The Cochran Firm, D.C. have been recognized for the excellent legal representation they provide to victims of catastrophic injuries, medical malpractice, for whistleblowers, and victims of dangerous products and drugs. When an attorney is recognized by both their peers and professional legal publications, it shows the attorney sets him or herself apart from others through their commitment to their clients, the legal community, and their professionalism.

Our firm’s legendary founder, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., believed tireless preparation was the key to securing justice on behalf of those hurt by the negligence of powerful entities. His vision motivates our attorneys to always do their very best in each and every aspect of legal practice, down to the smallest detail. Johnnie’s ideals reveal themselves in the various awards our attorneys have achieved over the years.


Selected to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America and Best Law Firm

Managing Attorney David E. Haynes and Partner Karen E. Evans were voted to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America list of 2016 in the fields of Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Malpractice Law. Inclusion to the Best Lawyers in America list is a peer reviewed system meaning our attorneys were selected by legal professionals for their distinguished work.

The Best Lawyers in America list is the oldest and one of the most respected legal publications in the U.S. Best Lawyers is viewed as an unbiased and reliable evaluation of an attorney’s professionalism by the media, legal industry, and the public. For those reasons, clients looking for legal representation often consult the Best Lawyers in America in selecting the right attorney for their case.


A Team of Super Lawyers

The Cochran Firm, D.C.’s attorneys have been recognized as Super Lawyers. In order to achieve such a recognition, an attorney must be satisfactorily evaluated on a variety of indicators, including peer recognition and professional achievement. Our firm’s Super Lawyers include Managing Attorney David E. Haynes, Partner and Nurse Attorney Karen E. Evans, medical malpractice attorney John G. Harnishfeger, and nursing home and medical malpractice attorney W. Charles Meltmar.

Super Lawyers is an independent peer-reviewed rating system which recognizes no more than five percent of practicing attorneys. Selection to the Super Lawyers list is a rigorous process, done by a blue-ribbon panel of attorneys in various practice fields. Attorneys selected to the Super Lawyers list are recognized for their professionalism and outstanding service to their clients.


Preeminent Legal Team

Partner Karen E. Evans is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, an independent legal services company founded in 1868. Not only is AV Preeminent the highest rating an attorney can obtain (less than one percent of attorneys are rated AV Preeminent) but Karen E. Evans has achieved it every year for the past decade.

In order to be rated AV Preeminent, an attorney’s Ethical Standards must be deemed “Very High” and be rated at least 4.5 out of 5 (five being the highest) by their peers in the areas of Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgement, Communication Ability, and Legal Experience. Martindale-Hubbell’s Law Directory is one of the oldest publications of its kind. Many individuals seeking legal representation often turn to its rankings to evaluate potential attorneys.


Rated “Superb” By Our Clients and Peers

The Cochran Firm, D.C. has three lawyers rated “Superb” on Avvo, an online legal resource connecting attorneys and clients. Managing Attorney David E. Haynes, Partner and Nurse Attorney Karen E. Evans, and nursing home abuse and neglect attorney W. Charles Meltmar all have “Superb” ratings on Avvo. “Superb” is the highest rating Avvo offers, attorneys must be rated at least 9.0 out of 10.

Avvo’s ratings come from reviews by both clients and fellow attorneys as well as the attorney’s experience and professional achievements. According to Avvo, 97% of attorneys in the U.S. are rated by by its website. Ratings on Avvo must be earned by the attorney and they cannot be bought like on some other review sites.


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