Lawyer Honors and Recognition
Continued success in and out of the courtroom has brought numerous awards and recognition for the attorneys at Cullan & Cullan.
INNER CIRCLE OF ADVOCATES — JOE CULLAN AND PAT CULLAN NAMED TOP 100 LAWYERS IN THE COUNTRY
In July of 2016, trial lawyers and medical doctors Joe Cullan and Pat Cullan were inducted into the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group of the best plaintiff lawyers in the United States. Membership is based on criteria that include experience, reputation, judicial references, peer evaluations, and success in the courtroom. To even be considered, a lawyer must prove himself in the courtroom with seven and eight figure jury verdicts. Joe and Pat Cullan were inducted as some of the youngest applicants ever after several nationally recognized verdicts and settlements which include $19,500,000, $17,000,000, and 11,500,000.
THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS names cullan & Cullan attorneys as TOP 100 LAWYERS and Top 40 under 40.
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, Joe Cullan, and Pat Cullan are members of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only national organization. Joe and Pat Cullan were previously recognized as Top Attorneys under the age of 40. 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.
SAM CULLAN NAMED 2016 LAWYER OF THE YEAR – THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA
Dr. Sam Cullan who is both an attorney and medical doctor 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 area in a community or 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.
JOE CULLAN AND PAT CULLAN RECOGNIZED AS TOP 100 MOST DISTINGUISHED ATTORNEYS IN AMERICA WITH IRISH ROOTS
The Irish Legal 100 names Pat Cullan and Joe Cullan “Top 100 Most Distinguished Attorneys in America with Irish Roots”. Founded in 2008 by the Irish Voice newspaper in New York, The Irish Legal 100 is an annual compiliation of the most distinguished legal professionals in the United States who share Irish roots. The list includes attorneys, legal sholars, and members of the judiciary who have distinguished themselves in each of their respective fields. Other members include United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy.
CULLAN & CULLAN NAMED SUPERLAWYERS AGAIN
Gene Cullan, Sam Cullan, Pat Cullan, and Joe Cullan all named as Super Lawyers® again. Super Lawyers® is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. After conducting steadfast and diligent independent research and receiving peer nominations and peer evaluations, Super Lawyers® officially recognized the Cullans as “Top Personal Iinjury Attorneys” and “Top Medical Malpractice Attorneys”.
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.
JOE CULLAN AND PAT CULLAN FEATURED IN NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE
After several nationally recognized victories in the courtroom, brothers Joe and Pat Cullan were featured in Newsweek magazine. The “RISING LEGAL STARS” feature recognized the Cullan’s powerful background as both medical doctors and trial lawyers. Joe and Pat obtained degrees in medicine, surgery, and obstetrics from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland and legal degrees from the University of San Diego School of Law in San Diego, California.
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, Judgement, 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.