It’s nice to win awards. But it’s even better to be part of a firm that is committed to the tough and rewarding work required to earn them. While we’ve been fortunate to receive positive notice, our clients and employees are the true beneficiaries of our efforts.

Selected accolades by type

Diversity | Legal Practice Excellence
Pro Bono and Community Leadership | Workplace Excellence


For the sixth consecutive year, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which rates businesses according to their treatment of LGBT employees, consumers, and investors.

In 2014, Carlton Fields Jorden Burts' Shareholder and Chief Diversity Officer Nancy Faggianelli was a recipient of the LGBT-Allies Leader Award from Florida Diversity Council, an organization devoted to diversity thought leadership. The award recognizes champions in helping others to understand the importance of equality, acceptance and mutual respect towards the LGBT community, including individuals who have made a significant difference by actively working to educate others, support LGBT equal rights legislation and foster mutual respect in the workplace and the community.

For six years, the Vault Guide to the Top Law Firms ranked Carlton Fields Jorden Burt as a top firm in the nation for Diversity. Reflective of the firm’s commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt ranked third among U.S. firms as the Best Law Firm for “Overall Diversity” in Vault’s annual survey of nearly 17,000 law firm associates. Additionally, the firm ranked second in the category “Diversity-Disabilities” and in the Top Ten for the categories: “Diversity-Minorities,” “Diversity-LGBT,” “Diversity-Women,” “Diversity for Veterans,” and “Career Outlook.” Vault provides inside information on careers with thousands of companies in dozens of industries. The annual law guide is known as the definitive career guide for today’s generation of law students and lawyers.

In 2011, Equality Florida presented Carlton Fields Jorden Burt with its inaugural Corporate Voice of Equality Award, which recognizes area businesses that are making a difference in promoting workplace diversity. In 2014, the firm was honored with the Equality Means Business award for its outstanding partnership with Equality Florida and contributions to achieving LGBT equality, including its role in the landmark lawsuit to overturn Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage and the creation of the Legal Handbook for LGBT Floridians and Their Families.

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt appeared on MultiCultural Law’s 2012 Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity list. The ranking is based on a survey, completed by 200 firms nationally, that looks at minority and women shareholders and associates as a percent of the total number of attorneys.

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt was ranked No. 22 overall on the Minority Law Journal’s 2012 Diversity Scorecard.

Legal Practice Excellence 

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt was recognized by corporate counsel as a client service leader in the 14th Annual BTI Client Service A-Team 2015 report. This is the only law firm ranking that identifies top law firms for client service through a national survey of corporate counsel. The report is based on feedback from nearly 320 corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 and large organizations. The interviews revealed that Carlton Fields Jorden Burt is in the top 20 percent for delivering better client service to the world’s largest clients.

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In 2014, 13 practice areas and 41 attorneys were recognized by Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers. The following firm practices received first-tier rankings:

  • Construction (for the 12th consecutive year)
  • Insurance (for the 10th consecutive year)
  • White Collar Crime & Government Investigations (for the 7th time)

Additionally, these Carlton Fields Jorden Burt practices received top rankings:

  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Corporate/M&A & Private Equity
  • Environmental
  • Health Care
  • Litigation (general commercial)
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Zoning and Land Use

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt was chosen as a “Go-To Law Firm” in the areas of Litigation and Labor & Employment by firm clients in a recent survey of the Top 500 U.S. companies conducted by Corporate Counsel magazine. The firms selected by Corporate Counsel make up less than one-half of one percent of the world’s law firms.

In 2014, 124 Carlton Fields Jorden Burt attorneys were included in Florida Super Lawyers, and five were included in Georgia Super Lawyers.

Florida Trend magazine’s peer-selected 2014 Florida Legal Elite included 26 Carlton Fields Jorden Burt attorneys. As a group, they comprise the top two percent of lawyers practicing in Florida. Of the Carlton Fields Jorden Burt attorneys chosen, four were also recognized on the Legal Elite Hall of Fame list, and two were listed as “Up-and-Comers.”

More than 200 Carlton Fields Jorden Burt attorneys have received the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a lawyer peer review rating system that evaluates lawyers and law firms in the U.S. and Canada for ethical standards and legal ability.

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt made The National Law Journal’s inaugural “Midsize Hotlist” in 2009. The list recognized the 20 best midsized U.S. law firms (50-300 attorneys). The National Law Journal chose firms that demonstrated “creative, innovative strategies to stay competitive.” The firms applied those strategies to recruit and retain top talent, develop practice areas, manage operations, and position themselves for success in the face of economic challenges. 

Pro Bono and Community Leadership

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt received the 2011 John Edward Smith Outstanding Law Firm annual award from Lawyers for Children America, Inc. (LFCA). Our attorneys provide pro bono services to LFCA’s minor clients, and the firm sponsors LFCA training programs that help recruit and train attorneys to do the same.

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt was honored with the 2011 Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s Pro Bono Service Award for outstanding pro bono service to the poor in Hillsborough County.

South Florida Business Journal awarded Carlton Fields Jorden Burt the 2006 Business of the Year Award in the category of Legal Services over $25 million. The award is presented to a business that demonstrates concern for its employees, community involvement, and economic growth.

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt received the 2003 Chief Justice Law Firm Commendation Award from the Florida Supreme Court in recognition of its significant pro bono services contributions to individuals and groups.

In 2002, President Bush honored Carlton Fields Jorden Burt for its work with the Miami Law Project, which helps former welfare recipients receive employment training and experience for law firm staff positions.

In 1995, we received the National Public Service Award from the ABA’s Business Law Section in recognition of our significant pro bono legal services to the poor.

Workplace Excellence 

In 2011, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt was named one of Tampa Bay’s Top Work Places by the St. Petersburg Times.

In 2010, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt ranked 29th nationally in The American Lawyer’s Mid-Level Associate Survey. Rankings are based on surveys of mid-level associates in 180 top U.S. firms.

In 2009, Florida Trend magazine named Carlton Fields Jorden Burt one of the Best Companies to Work For in Florida. The firm ranked No. 13 in the large company category. As part of the selection process, Florida Trend surveyed companies and their employees on workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. Factors considered included employee training, communication, and pay and benefits.