HISTORY & PRACTICE

Awards & Recognition

John Devault and Michael Lockamy in conversation

For more than two decades, Best Lawyers has identified top-ranked lawyers in various fields. Each publication has included lawyers from the Bedell Firm in each of the firm’s areas of practice. The 2021 rankings include nine Bedell Firm lawyers.

The Bedell Firm was recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers for excellence in 12 practice areas in 2021: Criminal Defense: General practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation – Securities, Litigation – Trusts & Estates, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendant, Bet-the-Company Litigation, and Construction Law.

Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. Chambers USA has ranked the Bedell Firm among the top litigation firms in Florida in each of its publications and recently described our firm:

“Established litigation boutique with significant trial and alternative dispute resolution experience. Handles a range of commercial work from contentious environmental matters to real estate and banking disputes. Also possesses notable strengths in financial fraud cases.”

Three members of the firm are fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada.

Florida Trend magazine asks attorneys statewide to name those attorneys they hold in the highest regard based on personal experience and whom they would recommend to others. David BarksdaleBrian T. CoughlinHenry M. Coxe IIIJohn A. DeVault IIIR. H. Farnell II, and Michael E. Lockamy were recognized in the 2020 edition of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite™. The winner list represents just over 1 percent of active Florida Bar members. Barksdale, Coxe, and DeVault are also honored in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame.

Nine Bedell Firm attorneys were selected in the 2020 edition of Florida’s Super Lawyers Magazine. 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. Selections to Super Lawyers are limited to a small number of attorneys in each state. You can view the digital version of the entire Florida Super Lawyers publication here. In each year since the list was initiated, the firm has had lawyers ranked in the top echelons of the statewide listing.