Awards & Recognition

About the inner circle of advocates

“The Inner Circle of Advocates, a select group of 100 of the nation’s most celebrated trial lawyers. Large verdicts or settlements are one criterion for admission.”
– Washington Post

“A fraternity of superstar personal injury litigators.”
– National Law Journal

“The Inner Circle Members take great pride in the spirit of cooperation that permeates their meetings, a spirit they attribute to the fact that they are equally lustrous and to the careful screening of candidates designed to weed out showboats and self-promoters.”
– New York Times


The Inner Circle of Advocates is an invitation-only group of the best plaintiff lawyers in the United States. Since its inception in 1972, our organization has included the top plaintiff trial attorneys in the nation among its membership. Our mission is to promote the highest standards of courtroom competence and the mutual fellowship and exchange of knowledge among outstanding trial lawyers. Membership is limited to attorneys of exceptional qualifications who are respected among their peers and who are experienced and skillful in the handling of courtroom litigation. Membership in The Inner Circle of Advocates is testament to our members’ accomplishments as plaintiff trial attorneys. Although spread across the country, members share experience, skill, and knowledge, and often function as a collective law firm in the pursuit of justice.

Many times people who have been injured and families who have lost loved ones find themselves facing big corporations or insurance companies with unlimited resources to deny just compensation to those they harmed. Through the work and skill of our talented members, cover-ups can be exposed and those at fault held accountable. By punishing the guilty for their wrongs, we make America a safer place.

Richard Friedman, President
The Inner Circle of Advocates

  • Awards & Recognition Central Coast Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA)

    Trial Lawyer of the Year - 2010, 2008, 2004

  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)

    Champion of Justice Award - August, 2007

  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)

    Trial Lawyer of the Year - 2010, 2008, 2004

  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD)

    Trial Lawyer of the Year - 2003

  • Award For Outstanding Trial Lawyer for the Cases:

    Gomez v. City of San Diego, et al. - 2009
    Villapando v. Woodlawn Apts. - 7/28/1994
    Welser v. City of Escondido - 6/20/1997
    Lindsay v. City of Riverside - 3/4/2004
    Hanlon v. So CA Edison - 3/4/2004
    Miller v. McGrath - 3/4/2004
    Keener v. Jen Weld - 10/25/2007