Tom Girardi, attorney and founder of the Los Angeles law firm Girardi | Keese, is honored to be recognized by the International Association of Top Professionals, an organization dedicated to handpicking the "best of the best" professionals from a variety of fields and bringing them together for networking and recognition.
Mr. Girardi was both "Man of the Year" for 2017 and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Mr. Girardi was a Top Attorney of the Year for 2016-2017.
How does the resume of a 'Man of the Year' look?
Mr. Girardi's resume looks like one might expect. Throughout the course of his legal career as one of the nation's top trial lawyers, Mr. Girardi's list of accomplishments is long and varied.
Here are a few highlights (visit his bio to read more):
- Was the trial lawyer on the infamous Erin Brockovich case, in which the residents of Hinkley, Calif. were poisoned by groundwater contaminated by Pacific Gas & Electric
- Has battled a Who's Who of Big Business to get justice for injured people, including Ford Motor Company (defective seatbelts); drug maker Merck (for its defective painkiller Vioxx); even the L.A. Dodgers (for fan violence and lack of security at Dodger Stadium)
- Founded and has presided over a law firm that in its history has obtained more than $10 billion in verdicts and settlements
But, more importantly, how does a Man of the Year view his life's work? If you ask Mr. Girardi, the last thing you'll hear about is bullet points of accomplishments from his resume.
Mr. Girardi is Man of the Year because he loves what he does. There is no other way.
While it is certainly an honor to be Man of the Year in 2017, and while his list of accomplishments is long and enviable, it's easy to lose sight of the reason behind Mr. Girardi's success.
It's because he loves what he does.
After all, the true measure of a lawyer isn't the awards, but what the awards say about the lawyer: dedication and commitment to the client and to society at large.
That is why Mr. Girardi is a 2017 Man of the Year.
- To read more about Mr. Girardi's selection as 2017 Man of the Year and for Lifetime Achievement, read the press release issued by the International Association of Top Professionals.