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OUR AWARDS

SUPER LAWYERS/ RISING STARS

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

TEXAS

  • Bob Hilliard, 15-Year Award, 2003, 2004, 2006-2022
  • Rudy Gonzales, 2006-2015, 2017-2022
  • Michael E. Richardson, II 2008, 2010, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Catherine Hilliard, Texas Rising Star, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014
  • Marion Reilly, Texas Rising Star, 2016-2022
  • Alex Hilliard, Texas Rising Star, 2021-2022
  • John C. Duff, Texas Rising Star, 2021-2022
  • Jessi Pritchett, Texas Rising Star 2022
  • Aissa Barrera, Texas Rising Star 2022
  • Matthew McMullen, Texas Rising Star, 2021

ILLINOIS

  • Benjamin O’Connor, Illinois Rising Star, 2022
  • Jakub Banaszak, Illinois Rising Star, 2022
Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 12.2 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. In 1981, Best Lawyers was founded on the following principle: the best lawyers know who the best lawyers are. This principle has remained unchanged.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers®  “Best Law Firms”

Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP has been recognized as a Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firm” every year since 2020.  HMG was awarded this recognition in:

  • Metropolitan Tier 1 – Corpus Christi for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Best Lawyers® has also recognized Robert C. Hilliard for his professional excellence in The Best Lawyers in America for 2021, 2022, and 2023. He has been recognized in the following categories:

  • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch

Best Lawyers® has also recognized the following HMG attorneys as “Ones To Watch”. These awards are recognitions given to attorneys early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence. “Ones to Watch” recipients typically have been in practice for 5-9 years.

  • Marion Reilly – 2023
  • Jessi Pritchett – 2023
  • Benjamin O’Connor – 2021, 2022, 2023
NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS

The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.

 

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization comprised of America’s top young trial attorneys.  Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only, and is extended exclusively to those individuals who meet stringent qualifications and specialize in the legal practice of criminal defense or civil plaintiff.

  • 2011-2023 Bob Hilliard, Top 100 Trial Lawyers/Civil Plaintiff
  • 2018-2023 Bob Hilliard, Top 100 High-Stakes Litigators
  • 2021 Marion Reilly, Top 40 Under 40
  • 2021 Aissa Barrera, Top 40 Under 40
  • 2021 Emily Beeson, Top 40 Under 40
THE LITIGATION COUNSEL OF AMERICA

An invitation-only honorary society for trial lawyers. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, less than one-half of one percent of U.S. lawyers. Bob Hilliard is one of those Fellows.

CORPUS CHRISTI BAR ASSOCIATION LAWYER OF THE YEAR

Bob Hilliard was named the Corpus Christi Bar Association’s Lawyer of the Year in 2021, the inaugural year for this distinction. This award is presented annually by the Corpus Christi Bar Association. The criteria include, but are not limited to, professional proficiency, outstanding achievement in legal advocacy, service to the profession, service to the Corpus Christi Bar Association, and service to the community.

AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES (ABOTA)

ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial.

  • Bob Hilliard
  • Rudy Gonzales
ELITE TRIAL LAWYER OF THE YEAR

ALM’s Elite Trial Lawyers recognizes U.S. based law firms that have performed exemplary and cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs.

  • 2017 Bob Hilliard nominated in Public Justice category
  • 2016 Bob Hilliard awarded title in Products Liability category
  • 2015 Bob Hilliard awarded title in Motor Vehicles category
  • 2002 Chris Pinedo jointly awarded title in Public Justice category
CERTIFICATION

Bob Hilliard is double certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law (1992) and Personal Injury Trial Law (1990). Fewer than 1% of Texas attorneys are double certified.

The Appellate Lawyers

Marion Reilly has been selected to The Appellate Lawyers 2022 nationally recognized appellate lawyers directory. The Appellate Lawyers guide provides an up-to-date overview of leading appellate lawyers across the country.   Featured attorneys are selected based on the results of peer nominations, in-depth research, and client feedback. Each year, only one attorney and firm per state is selected and recommended.

MARTINDALE-HUBBELL

Martindale-Hubbell conducts a thorough review of attorneys who wish to receive a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, through a peer review survey where a lawyer’s ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice is assessed by their peers. Bob Hilliard has received the following rating:

  • AV Preeminent Rating*

*Martindale Hubbell’s AV Preeminent® rating is the highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers.

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