Each year, American Association for Justice honors trial lawyers, affiliates, and advocates who support its fight for justice.
The Steven J. Sharp Public Service Award recognizes plaintiffs and the attorneys of plaintiffs whose cases help tell the story of the American civil justice system.Learn about the award
Recognizes AAJ® members whose distinguished careers of courtroom advocacy has significantly advanced the rights of the wrongfully injured and has significantly furthered the cause for justice and the mission of the Association.Learn about the Award
Recognizes an AAJ® member who is of outstanding integrity and overall character and has demonstrated devotion to human and civil rights.Learn about the Award
Recognizes an AAJ member who has demonstrated former AAJ President David Shrager's passion for the law and trial bar, and who has made an outstanding contribution to civil justice and the work of AAJ.Learn about the award
Honoring outstanding Trial Lawyers
Outstanding contribution to the civil justice system and advanced the safety and protection of American consumers.
Demonstrated professionalism, civility, courtroom advocacy, and distinguished service to AAJ that have brought honor to the trial bar.
Noteworthy contribution to the defense of civil rights and civil liberties, in a way that has had a significant impact in the past year.
2022 Award Winners
Trial Lawyers Care Award
C. Benjamin Cooper
Each year, AAJ recognizes a trial lawyer who has gone above and beyond to serve his or her community. Additional information about Trial Lawyers Care® and this year's award winner is available here.
AAJ Partnership Award
Carla Ferrucci and CAOC (Nancy Drabble, Nancy Peverini, and Lea-Ann Tratten)
Honoring a state, local, or jurisdictional trial lawyer organization who has promoted and fostered a spirit of support and cooperation between AAJ and the affiliated organization, as well as between AAJ and NATLE, and whose service to the affiliated organization has strengthened the civil justice system.
Pro Bono Award
New Lawyers Division Awards
F. Scott Baldwin Award: Jennifer Lipinski
Named in honor of F. Scott Baldwin of Marshall, Texas, a world-renowned trial lawyer whose efforts produced outstanding damage awards for injured victims and their families, this award is presented in recognition of the legendary degree of excellence and compassion that F. Scott Baldwin brought to the profession and the significant time he invested in training, preparing, and encouraging young lawyers for the profession of trial law.
Joe Tonahill Award: Brenda Fulmer
Honors the true spirit of Joe Tonahill, a highly dignified and ethical defender of the civil justice system; a peerless stalwart of the modern trial bar; an exemplary trial lawyer; a dedicated leader; a passionate motivator of lawyers new to the profession of trial law; and one who through his own selfless deeds and inspirations has created a legacy for generations to follow.
Elise R. Sanguinetti Award: Rick Barrera
The Elise R. Sanguinetti Award is given in recognition of extraordinary service to the New Lawyers Division, first as a member of the NLD and continuing throughout their career. It is named for the first former New Lawyers Division Chair to rise within the organization to serve as President. Recipients exemplify the qualities of professionalism, service, and advocacy.
Learn more about AAJ's New Lawyers Division here.
Minority Caucus Award
Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Soaring Eagles Award: Richard D. Hailey
Established in 1997 and symbolizes the struggle of lawyers of color as they travel down the road to personal and professional success. The Minority Caucus presents this award to an attorney who, despite the challenges of his or her own journey, pursues excellence, and has made outstanding efforts and contributions to the legal profession in paving the way for others.
Minority Caucus Stalwart Award: Larry Taylor Jr.
Learn more about AAJ's Minority Caucus here.
Women Trial Lawyer Caucus Award
Marie Lambert Award: Sara Williams
Established in 1997 to recognize and honor women members of AAJ. The following principles guide the members of the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus: to advance the admirable and selfless philosophy in AAJ's mission; to strive to provide positive role models as women trial lawyers; to broaden the membership base of AAJ to include women by informing them of AAJ's membership services and mission; to provide a support system of women lawyers with whom to network, socialize, and form professional relationships; to develop female leadership for AAJ; to provide fellowship and mentorship to newly-licensed female lawyers who embark on a career of trial law; and to uphold the honor, integrity, and dignity of the legal profession.
Learn more about AAJ's Women Trial Lawyers Caucus here.
LGBT Founders’ Award: Amy Heins
Learn more about the LGBT Caucus here.
Above and Beyond Award
Rick Barrera Jr., Matthew P. Bergman, Michael G. Donahue, Brett A. Emison, Wayne Hogan, Jennifer M. Lipinski, Tim O'Keeffe, Michael G. Phelan, Bradley J. Prochaska, and Ellen Relkin
Recognizes AAJ members who have made exceptional financial contributions to sustain and strengthen the organization.
Certificates of Recognition
David M. Arbogast, Lauren G. Barnes, David M. Berger, Seth L. Cardeli, Anita M. DeCarlo, John J. Driscoll, Lydia M. Floyd, Dennis M. Geier, Maria B. Glorioso, Julian C. Gomez, Deepak Gupta, Robert M. Hammers, Srinivas Hanumadass, Carmaletta L. Henson, Jessica D. Hoerman, Wayne Hogan, Amy E. Keller, T. Matthew Leckman, J. Blake Ledbetter, Sin-Ting Mary Liu, Timothy A. Loranger,Margaret Mabie, Kevin J. Mahoney, Adam Malone, M. Clay Martin, Danielle W. Mason, David Todd Mathews, Carlos E. Moore, Leslie W. O'Leary, Spencer J. Pahlke, Emily Peacock, Christopher M. Placitella, Jared M. Placitella, Ellen Relkin, Kyle T. Ring, Brittany Sanders Robb, Sara S. Schramm, Frederick W. Schultz, Dorothy Clay Sims, Gerson H. Smoger, John A. Stefani, Michael J. Warshauer, Matthew W. Wessler, Megan L. Whiteside, Sara L. Williams, and Don Worley
For service to AAJ through fundraising, membership, or education.
Jennie L. Anderson; Howard H. Ankin; Mike Arias; William E. Bonner; Diane L. Cardoso; Roxanne B. Conlin; Thomas D'Amore; Bob Edwards; Ingrid M. Evans; Brian S. Franciskato; Brenda S. Fulmer; Jamie G. Goldstein; Betsy K. Greene; Raymond R. Jones; Marianne LeBlanc; Dominic C. LoVerde; Emily Hawk Mills; Marion K. Munley; Matthew A. Nace; Jakalyn A. Olinger-Rochelle; Bhavani Raveendran; William A. Rossbach; Domenic B. Sanginiti Jr.; Donald H. Slavik; Miranda L. Soucie; Frank Verderame; and Laura V. Yaeger
Wiedemann & Wysocki Award
Noah B. Abrams, Ben Davis, Maria S. Diamond, Brenda S. Fulmer, Jamie G. Goldstein, Lauren O. Newton, Ashleigh Raso, Domenic B. Sanginiti Jr., and Nicholas Verderame
Recognizes members who have made outstanding efforts in support of AAJ's Political Action Committee (PAC).