Member Firm Criteria

Harmonie members defend lawsuits and try cases as part of the broad array of high-quality legal services they provide to corporations, insurance carriers, captive insurance companies, risk retention groups, purchasing groups and third-party administrators. The Harmonie Group is uniquely situated to provide INTERNATIONAL ACCESS TO EXCELLENCE to respond to and manage the complex and difficult issues presented in high-stakes litigation.

The Harmonie Group is a by invitation only organization of independent law firms. Before being invited to join, Harmonie subjects each firm to a rigorous review process to make sure it meets our standards, ethics and values. Paramount in the review process is the requirement that prospective member firms have well-earned reputations in trial advocacy. They must be able to offer helpful service and advice, which is grounded in experience and professionalism. The knowledge and experience of member firms, when combined with The Harmonie Group’s proven network model, offer clients versatility and a solid foundation for success.

Harmonie Group member firms have:

  • Respected lawyers with excellent reputations in the community
  • Lawyers who have the highest ethical standards as exemplified by AV™ rating in Martindale-Hubbell™
  • Lawyers who have demonstrated an ability to represent sophisticated clients in all types of litigation, including the most complex
  • Embraced technology and communicate with their clients and other lawyers via email
  • Lawyers who are active members of various industry and legal organizations, including:
    International Association of Defense Counsel
    Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    Defense Research Institute
    American Bar Association
    Professional Liability Underwriting Society
    Risk and Insurance Management Society

In addition to these qualities, The Harmonie Group Membership Committee reviews data concerning the following, prior to recommending acceptance of a law firm:

  • Firm history, longevity, mergers and any acquisitions
  • History of the firm’s partners, shareholders, associates and ‘of counsel’
  • Mean and median years of lawyers’ experience
  • Computer system operations and capabilities
  • Malpractice insurer and in-force policy limits (minimum $2 million per claim)
  • Discipline history by state bar or other regulatory authority and sanctions imposed
  • Firm promotional material
  • Firm affiliations
  • Top ten principal litigation clients, nature of assignments and individual contact lawyers
  • Significant litigation practice areas and level of experience
  • Firm’s transactional practice areas
  • The top five practice areas and clients or activities that distinguish the firm from others
  • Firm’s fastest growing practice areas

At the conclusion of the review process noted above, prospective firm representatives are invited to attend a Harmonie Conference and meet representatives of other member firms. During this three day conference, prospective members are interviewed and asked to present their firm’s credentials before a final vote on their membership.

The Harmonie Group provides access to representation in Canada with the Canadian Litigation Counsel and around the world through the Friends of Harmonie (see Law Firm Directory page).

For more information, call Tim Violet, Executive Director, at (651) 222-3000.

• Benefits of Selecting a Harmonie Member Firm


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