CORAL GABLES, FL (Sept. 25th, 2008) – Six partners in the Coral Gables-based law firm of Colson Hicks Eidson have been elected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2009(Copyright 2007 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.), the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  Colson Hicks Eidson was also ranked as the #1 firm in Coral Gables for the number of lawyers ranked.

Among the lawyers selected to the 2009 list of Best Lawyers in America:

  • Mike Eidson: Mass Tort Litigation, Product Liability Litigation.
  • Dean Colson: * Bet-the-Company Litigation,Commercial litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation and Professional Malpractice Law.
  • Roberto (Bob) Martínez: Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense.
  • Ervin A. Gonzalez: Personal Injury Litigation.
  • Susan Johnson Tarbe: Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense.
  • Joseph M. Matthews Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation.

 (*Bet-the-Company Litigation is a specialty area created for the top tier commercial litigation attorneys.  Bet-the-Company listees received the highest votes and comments and were personally chosen by founding editor Steven Naifeh.)

Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. In the U.S., Best Lawyers publishes an annual referral guide, The Best Lawyers in America, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The current, 14th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2009), is based on more than two million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be included, a listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded within the legal profession as a signal honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For 26 years, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

“It is extremely gratifying to be acknowledged by our peers as among the top lawyers in the nation,” says Colson. “This is a tremendous honor for the entire firm.”

The Law Firm of Colson Hicks Eidson is a trial firm with more than 36 years of experience handling local, national and international litigation. Partners at the firm have also had the distinction of holding the following offices: President of the 60,000-member Association of Trial Lawyers of America; President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; President of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; President of the Dade County Bar Association; Untied States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Chairman of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.