KCEH is both unique and fortunate to have three of our principals Certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Guy Kornblum, Charlie Cochran and Joe Harbison each have achieved this level of both recognition and achievement. Certification means that each has fulfilled a rigorous qualification process.
(a) served as lead counsel in at least five jury cases;
(b) substantially participated in at least five jury cases which have proceeded to verdict;
(c) presented at least four closing arguments;
(d) presented at least eight opening statements;
(e) conducted cross-examination of at least fifteen expert witnesses;
(f) conducted direct examination of at least fifteen expert witnesses;
(g) conducted cross-examination of at least twenty-five lay witnesses;
(h) conducted direct examination of at least twenty-five lay witnesses; and
(i) conducted at least five voir dire jury examinations or (in courts which do not permit counsel to conduct voir dire examination) submitted proposed jury questions for the court at least ten times or a combination of examinations and submissions acceptable to the Standards Committee.
(a) By attendance and/or electronic participation in not less than forty-five hours in programs of continuing legal education in the specialty or ethics, approved by the Standards Committee, or
(b) By equivalent participation through, but not limited to, the following means, approved by the Standards Committee:
(I) Teaching courses or seminars in trial law or ethics;
(II) Participation as panelist, speaker, or workshop leader, at educational or professional conferences;
(III) Authorship of books, or of articles published in professional journals, on trial law;
(IV) A combination of the three subsections above.
These requirements have changed some over the years, but Guy, Charlie, and Joe fulfilled those that applied when they were certified. And more important they have continued to be re-certified every 5 years in order to maintain this certification.
We are very proud that our firm has 3 principals who have achieved this level of performance in Civil Trial Law, which is unique for a firm of our size.
KCEH Partner Charlie Cochran received Lifetime Achievement recognition from America’s Top 100 Attorneys in 2016.
Selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is by invitation only and is comprised of the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments merit a lifetime achievement recognition. Selection is not achieved based on a single accomplishment or a single great year of success, but rather on a lifetime of hard work, ethical standards, and community enriching accomplishments that are inspiring among the legal profession. This honor is not given every year, or every 10 years; it is given but once-in-a-lifetime.
To help ensure that all attorneys selected for membership meet the very high standards expected for selection, candidates for lifetime membership are carefully screened through third-party research and statistical analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, lifetime achievements, significant case results, peer reputation, and community impact. With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of attorneys in the community. Congratulations to Charlie Cochran!