By: Bill Pilchak – 9/16/14
It’s that time of year, when talent is recognized. “The Emmy’s,” you ask. Nope. They were awarded in August. “Oscars?” Not for another six months. “Good heavens, the Miss America pageant was last Sunday. You didn’t win that, did you?” As far as we know, no one at our firm qualifies for that contest.
However, we are pleased to report that again for 2014, our attorneys have been honored to be named to three lists that recognize the best attorneys in our field.
Best Lawyers In America. We are honored to have been named to this list again in 2014 in the fields of Management Employment Law and Labor and Employment Litigation. We were first named Best Lawyers in America in 2011, but had no idea how we came to be included. The website reports that someone other than us had to nominate us. The nomination was then forwarded to all the other attorneys in our practice area for thumbs up or thumbs down. Interestingly, our clients are free to post comments on our Best Lawyers in America entry at: http://www.bestlawyers.com/lawyers/william-e-pilchak/115997/ . We were pleased to see that two of our clients have already done so.
Michigan Super Lawyers. Pilchak & Cohen attorneys have been recognized as Michigan Super Lawyers in the fields of Employment and Labor (Dan Cohen) and Employment Litigation: Defense (Bill Pilchak). Pilchak & Cohen lawyers were first named to Super Lawyers in 2007. Super Lawyers reports that their selection process includes a nomination by peers in one’s practice area as the first step, followed by independent research on the nominee. The third step is a review by a panel of the highest-rated attorneys in our field. Only 5% of all attorneys are named to Super Lawyers.
dbusiness Top Lawyers. We are pleased to relate that we have been notified that we will be included in dbusiness’ Top Lawyers of 2015, which will be published on November 1, 2014. Dbusiness polls more than 18,000 attorneys in the six county area.
As each industry has its own forms of recognition, most of our readers will understand why we frankly brag that our peers recognize our capability. However, to be perfectly frank, it’s somewhat of a surprise to us that we appear on these lists. After all, we don’t really curry relationships with other defense attorneys. Plus, the plaintiff’s bar votes on nominations, and we really go hammer and tong with that group. So, it’s probably true that we are on these lists in spite of ourselves.
For us, however, the most important recognition comes from our clients, who vote with their wallets, not the mere click of a mouse.