(Last Updated on: November 15, 2023 )

Dan Hodes of Hodes Milman has once again been honored for his exceptional work on behalf of his clients.

Every year, local California trial lawyers are honored for their outstanding achievements at the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) annual Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year Awards Program.

These attorneys have exhibited remarkable trial skills, dedication to their clients, and steadfast commitment to legal ethics and principles.

OCTLA proudly recognizes the accomplishments of distinguished members of the Orange County legal community in the practice areas of Personal Injury, Product Liability, and Medical Malpractice, among others.

Hodes Milman founding attorney Daniel Hodes has received the Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in Medical Malpractice for a fourth time.

If you need award-winning legal representation in Orange County or throughout California, contact Hodes Milman at ​​(949) 640-8222 as soon as possible for comprehensive, compassionate help.

What Is OCTLA’s Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year Awards Program?

Each year, OCTLA recognizes and honors local Orange County trial lawyers for their skills displayed in court over the past 12 months. The qualifications evaluated include demonstrated skill, preparation work, and professionalism towards both clients and colleagues.

In looking for outstanding results, OCTLA considers factors such as the complexity of liability or damages, the length of the trial, and the social impact beyond the verdict amount.

Trial Lawyer of the Year criteria from OCTLA’s website includes evaluating:

  • That the individual be an excellent advocate;
  • The individual’s reputation of civility, ethics, and fair play in and out of the courtroom;
  • The individual’s reputation and standing in the community;
  • The individual’s firm is in Orange County and/or the case was tried in Orange County.
  • The individual has meaningfully participated in an outstanding recent verdict as lead trial attorney.

OCTLA serves as a platform for legal professionals to collaborate, share insights, and champion justice in various practice areas. The annual Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year award is bestowed to recognize outstanding legal practitioners who embody the values of excellence and dedication.

A skilled attorney for a medical malpractice case can help families secure the verdict awards necessary to heal and thrive going forward. Contact Hodes Milman in Orange County at ​​(949) 640-8222 to discuss your needs and how we can help.

Who Is Attorney Dan Hodes?

Dan Hodes is a founding and managing partner of Hodes Milman who has successfully served hundreds of clients and their families through difficult injury cases.

Dan Hodes once had the honor of securing the largest wrongful death medical malpractice jury verdict in Orange County history. 

California is a state that has established significant limits on the overall amount of financial damages that can be secured in medical malpractice cases. By litigating the case effectively, Orange County attorneys like Dan Hodes can access all available sources of compensation, providing families with maximum compensation.

What Do Medical Malpractice Verdicts Mean for Californians?

It’s important to remember how important a fair, comprehensive medical malpractice verdict is for families. Medical malpractice verdicts can have significant implications for individuals, including:

  • Financial Recovery and Future Care: A successful medical malpractice verdict can result in compensation for the damages suffered by the patient and their family. This may include medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and other related financial losses. In cases where the patient requires ongoing medical care as a result of malpractice, compensation can help cover future medical expenses and treatment costs.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Compensation can also cover damages related to the decreased quality of life experienced by the patient due to the malpractice. This can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Validation of Claims: A favorable verdict can validate the claims of the patient and their family, acknowledging that medical negligence occurred. This can be crucial for families seeking closure and accountability.
  • Preventing Future Incidents: Verdicts can contribute to holding healthcare professionals accountable, potentially leading to changes in procedures and practices to prevent similar incidents in the future.
  • Emotional Closure: For some families, a successful verdict can provide a sense of closure, knowing that legal actions have been taken and accountability has been established.

Justice and accountability for individuals in Orange County helps patients and plaintiffs throughout the state. By reinforcing safety standards and setting new precedents for payouts, these cases help ensure that costly life-and-death matters are taken seriously by doctors, surgeons, and healthcare organizations throughout California and the country.

Contact Award-Winning Attorneys at Hodes Milman

The achievements of attorneys like Dan Hodes play critical roles in reinforcing and reshaping the landscape of medical malpractice law. The Top Gun award from OCTLA is a reflection of the dedication and service we display at Hodes Milman. We are incredibly proud of Dan, and committed to holding ourselves to the highest standards in our field. 

The Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year award is a celebration of our passion for upholding the rights of those who have been wronged. The impact of these cases extends beyond the courtroom, helping individuals and families live with dignity, and contributing to the growth and evolution of the legal community.

Contact Hodes Milman at our Orange County offices by calling ​​(949) 640-8222. We are ready to help you recover from medical malpractice, medical device injury, and many other matters of medical negligence such as pharmacy error, cancer misdiagnosis, or brain injury.

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