Award Criteria

Consumer Attorney of the Year
Street Fighter of the Year

Nominations must be received in the state office
by May 30, 2008


2008 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award
One winner will be chosen from ten specially selected nominees.

Award Criteria:
A plaintiffs’ attorney who achieved a significant result in a case that (1) finally resolved between May 15, 2007 and May 15, 2008, and (2) assisted consumers or changed consumer law for the better in the State of California.

Factors to be considered include:

  • Whether the case demonstrates how the civil justice system works to provide justice to victims, changes behavior, takes dangerous products off the market, or holds wrongdoers accountable;
  • Whether the case exemplifies how trial attorneys use their skill and determination to create a more just society;
  • Whether the case demonstrates a particular skill of the attorney in achieving the result;
  • Whether the attorney faced unusual obstacles, great risk, or incredible odds he or she had to overcome;
  • Whether the case and/or attorney stands out in comparison to similar case results or settlement offers.

The amount of the verdict may be a factor to be considered, but is not in and of itself determinable. “Finally resolved” means any case in which post-trial motions concluded between May 15, 2007 and May 15, 2008. Nominee must be a member of CAOC in good standing. After a nomination is made, the nominee has 30 days to submit the data requested by the Awards Committee through its appointed investigator(s).

Consumer Attorney of the Year nomination form (PDF)


2008 Street Fighter of the Year Award
One winner will be chosen from five specially selected nominees.

Award Criteria:
A plaintiffs’ attorney who achieved a significant result in a case that (1) finally resolved between May 15, 2007 and May 15, 2008, and (2) exemplifies the everyday struggles of the small practitioner in California.

Factors to be considered include:

  • Whether the case exemplifies how trial attorneys use their skill and determination to create a more just society, regardless of profit or personal benefit;
  • Whether the case demonstrates a particular skill of the attorney in achieving the result;
  • Whether the attorney faced unusual obstacles, great risk, or incredible odds he or she had to overcome;
  • Whether the case and/or attorney stands out in comparison to similar case results or settlement offers.

Pro-bono work and landmark cases, which may have resulted in minimal financial verdicts, will be given special consideration. “Finally resolved” means any case in which post-trial motions concluded between May 15, 2007 and May 15, 2008. Nominee must be a member of CAOC in good standing. After a nomination is made, the nominee has 30 days to submit the data requested by the Awards Committee through its appointed investigator(s).

Street Fighter of the Year nomination form (PDF)


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