The Best Lawyers in America ®
Cobb Martinez Woodward PLLC is proud to announce that it was selected as a 2017 Best Law Firm in Commercial Litigation - Tier 1 in the Dallas / Fort Worth metro region. The “Best Law Firms” list is published by U.S. News & World Report and Woodward/White, Inc. To be eligible for a ranking in “Best Law Firms", a law firm must have at least one recognized lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers® in a particular geographic region and practice area combination. Recognition in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.
Bill Cobb of Cobb Martinez Woodward PLLC, was recently named "Lawyer of the Year" for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants in Dallas/Fort Worth for 2017 by Best Lawyers® by Woodward/White, Inc. In previous years, Bill has been included in the The Best Lawyers in America© publication by Woodward/White, Inc. in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation in 2010 to present, Commercial Litigation in 2007 to present, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants in 2010 to present, and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants in 2007 to present. Best Lawyers is regarded by both the profession and the public to be the definitive guide to legal excellence. Selection to the 2017 edition is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey comprising 7.3 million evaluations by the top attorneys all over the nation.
Super Lawyers ®
Super Lawyers ® (a Thomson Reuters service) is a list of outstanding attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters service, annually identifies the top five percent of Texas lawyers, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Thomson Reuters. The following attorneys were each independently and individually named Texas Super Lawyers®:
- Bill Cobb (2003-2017)
- Ramona Martinez (2003-2017)
- Daniel D. Tostrud (2004-2017)
- David Woodward (2009-2017)
- Michael Smith (2013-2017)
- Bevan Rhine (2013-2017)
- Carrie Johnson Phaneuf (2013-2017)
- Jeffrey Nicodemus (2014-2017)
- Katherine Elrich (2014-2017)
Texas Rising Stars
Each year, Super Lawyers ® (a Thomson Reuters service) identifies the top up-and-coming attorneys in Texas. Rising Stars are selected using independent criteria similar to that of Super Lawyers ® and represent only the top 2.5% of Texas lawyers 40 and younger or who have been practicing law for ten years or less. Cobb Martinez Woodward PLLC is proud of its 2017 Rising Stars:
- Stacy Hoffman Bruce (2006-2017)
- Matthew Last (2010-2017)
- Lindsey Wyrick (2013-2017)
- Brian Sawyer (2017)
D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas"
D Magazine (D Magazine Partners, Inc.) reports that its selections are based on an extensive peer review process, relying on the expertise of local lawyers to determine rankings. The publication asked lawyers to base selections on personal experience with nominees. D Magazine presented the tallied results to an anonymous panel of lawyers for review and evaluation. The finalists were ultimately selected by the panel and D Magazine editorial staff based on the final number of votes in each practice area. The following attorneys were each independently and individually named to the D Magazine list of “Best Lawyers in Dallas”:
- Bill Cobb (2012-2017) – Professional Liability Litigation
- Daniel D. Tostrud (2012-2017) – Professional Liability Litigation
- Ramona Martinez (2014, 2016-2017) – Tort Product & Medical Liability Litigation, Defense
- Carrie Phaneuf (2014, 2016-2017) – Professional Liability Litigation
- Katherine Elrich (2014, 2016-2017) – Appellate Law
Martindale-Hubbell ® Peer Review TM
Cobb Martinez Woodward PLLC has earned a 2015 Top Ranked Law Firm AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. For more than 140 years Martindale-Hubbell TM has been regarded as one of the world's most authoritative resources on legal information resources. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings ® attest to a lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics and reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. For several consecutive years, Cobb Martinez Woodward PLLC has earned an AV rating, denoting the firm as a preeminent law firm providing the highest level of legal skill and integrity.
American College of Trial Lawyers
Bill Cobb has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute individuals accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
State Bar of Texas President's Award
Presented to Ramona Martinez for outstanding contributions to the legal profession, the award honors Ms. Martinez's work on the Dallas Diversity Task Force (DDTF). The DDTF has made significant strides in raising awareness surrounding the issues of diversity in the legal community and in promoting greater diversity among Dallas law firms. Praised for setting new standards for measuring, tracking and reporting on diversity, the DDTF promotes best practices for hiring, retention and advancement of attorneys of color in Texas law firms.
American Board of Trial Advocates
The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) was established to preserve the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans. Its mission is to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of legal practice to ensure that individuals facing trial receive the most effective representation possible and to see that everyone benefits from a more efficient judicial system. To be considered for inclusion in ABOTA, a lawyer must meet a number of strict criteria, among them being lead counsel in a number of jury trials and exhibiting exceptional integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession. At Cobb Martinez Woodward PLLC, we are pleased that Bill Cobb is a member of ABOTA.
American Bar Association (ABA)
Dallas Bar Association (DBA)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
National Legal Malpractice Data Center
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Professional Liability Defense Federation
Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance