Continued success in and out of the courtroom has brought numerous awards and recognitions for the attorneys at The Law Offices of Cullan & Cullan M.D., J.D.
2016 Lawyer of the Year – The Best Lawyers in America
Dr. Sam Cullan who is both an attorney and medical doctor and founding partner of Cullan and Cullan in Kansas City, Missouri, was named the “2016 Lawyer of the Year” for Kansas City, by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Medical Malpractice. There is only one attorney that is selected per practice are in a community for this prestigious honor. Best Lawyers was first published in 1983 and has become regarded as one of the most respected guides of legal excellence. The Best Lawyer designation is based upon an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.
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Top 10 Lawyer – Kansas and Missouri
Dr. Sam Cullan has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Lawyers for Kansas and Missouri by Super Lawyers® for three years: 2009, 2011 and 2012. Cullan achieved the Top 10 ranking due to receiving the highest point totals during nominations, research, and peer reviews. Nominations are evaluated based on verdicts and settlements; representative clients; experience; honors and awards; transactions; special licenses and certifications; position within a law firm; professional activity; pro bono and community service; scholarly lectures and writings; educations and employment background; and other outstanding achievements.
Board Certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
Dr. Sam Cullan is one of only 4% of attorneys in the United States who have achieved Board Certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. (NBTA) The NBTA was created in 1977 and was the first accredited attorney board certifying agency in the world. The purpose of the NBTA is to independently test and examine the qualifications and skills of an attorney to verify that said attorney is a highly skilled, experienced and ethical trial lawyer.
The process of becoming board certified is rigorous which is why so few attorneys have obtained this status. The attorney must first petition for board certification and prove that they have handled a substantial number of cases. A list of independent judges and lawyers are confidentially contacted and interviewed to verify the lawyer’s ethics, skills and actual experience in depositions and the courtroom. The lawyer must submit extensive copies of pleadings, motions, and briefs from contested matters. They must also submit copies of depositions. They must prove that they have personally handled the voir dire, direct and cross examination of witnesses, as well as opening and closing statements in a substantial number of ongoing cases. The attorney must sit for a full day of examination. They must have personally been the lead counsel on numerous cases. The attorney must show they are constantly improving their skills through continuing legal education. Finally, they must show they are in good standing in any and all states they are licensed in.
AV Rating – Highest Ranking
An AV rating is the highest possible rating a lawyer can receive through the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system. This reflects an attorney’s ethical standards and professional abilities. Ratings for lawyers are based on performance in Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability, and Legal Experience. The highest rating of AV Preeminent (4.5-5.0) is the result of our peers ranking us at the highest level of professional excellence.
Best of the Bar
Voted as Best of the Bar by The Kansas City Business Journal by lawyers throughout the Kansas City area, Dr. Sam Cullan has been included in the Best of the Bar list six times and Dr. Gene Cullan has been included three times. Honorees come from a wide variety of practice areas and selection was determined by a panel of accomplished local lawyers who researched the reputations and professional standings of nominees in addition to the votes of legal peers.
A rating service of outstanding lawyers working in more than 70 practice areas, the reviews that are given concern professional achievement and peer recognition. Peer nominations are combined with third party research undertaken by Super Lawyers. This process evaluates a lawyer on 12 indicators and selection for inclusion in Super Lawyers is done annually and state by state. No more than five percent of the lawyers in a state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers every year. The attorneys at The Law Firm of Cullan and Cullan M.D., J.D. have been selected for inclusion over the course of multiple years.
The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers organization selects the most qualified attorneys from each state who show superior leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as either a civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyer. Gene Cullan is a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only national organization. Only those who have a solid reputation, have many achievements, have received nominations from members of The National Trial Lawyers, and have received positive rankings from other evaluation organizations may be considered for membership.