The annual Summit of The National Trial Lawyers is a unique opportunity for the top civil plaintiff and criminal law attorneys to gather, network, and exchange points of view and ideas. It’s also an avenue for legal-related agencies and providers to meet-and-greet, while also learning about the latest updates in the legal vertical. This year, the NTL summit took place as an in-person event that allowed us to meet valued partners and industry leaders after a very long while.
Among the conference’s various events and notable moments, we followed the 2021 Golden Gavel awards. Those awards occur every year, and their mission is to single out the top-performing law firms (and their partners) in 12 categories, determining those who shape the marketing landscape in the industry. In today’s article, we’ll go over the categories, picking and showcasing the most significant winners and their remarkable efforts and achievements.
1. Best Brand Video
The winner was Ward Law Group, based in Florida, working with Crisp Video to shoot and produce the brand storytelling video. During the 168 seconds, the Attorney-couple Ward explained how they differ from other Firms, what they stand for, and how their brand ensures quality and persistence. Then, close to the mid-part of the video, a testimonial adds up to the narrative, creating an emotional element and tying the brand to the clients. Giving a human aspect to the brand and utilizing all the assets (from logo to mentions on personnel and locations) made the ad stand out and win the award.
Watch the winning Video
2. Best Outdoor Ad
The last 18 months have been rough for outdoor ads and billboards. COVID-19 reduced traffic, and as a result, fewer people were on the streets walking or running. For Personal Injury attorneys, that didn’t necessarily mean a drastic decrease in cases. On the other hand, those who acted proactively and invested strategically managed to stay on top of the challenge. The Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers acted that way, and their outdoor ad won the relevant 2021 award. Their billboard conveys a clear message while keeping the visuals clean, having their message in a prominent position, together with the law firm’s logo and the phone number.
3. Best Radio Ad
The best radio ad comes from the Nashville-based Personal Injury law firm Cochran LLC. In just 60 seconds, the agency (openjar) and the managing attorney created and released an effective and efficient spot. The spot creates the necessary connection with the local audiences, showcasing the “Nashville born and raised” nature of the attorney and the willingness to fight for the people of Nashville. Bringing radio to the spotlight is vital, as it t shows that combined with suitable digital media, it can prove to be effective for brand awareness and helps law firms stay on top of mind within their communities.
Listen to the winning Radio ad
4. Best Testimonial
Testimonials are among the most critical assets for any law firm. No matter if you’re a solo practitioner or a multi-state law firm, your clients are what matters the most. On this occasion, the Elk & Elk law firm out of Ohio joined forces with Crisp and created an emotional testimonial, showing a medical malpractice case and how it affected a children’s life (and her family’s). The testimonial tells the story out loud and clarifies that the attorneys stood by the family for all their needs. Creating such an asset is priceless as it can be used on various occasions and platforms, from your law firm’s website to your social media profiles.
5. Best TV 60 second ad
The winner here is no other than Mike Morse. He is known in the legal vertical for his forward-thinking and creative mentality; we can’t forget that he was one of the attorney-stars during the first lockdown. This time, the Michigan-based attorney (with Lerner advertising) created a 1-minute TV spot with a vintage look named “Masked-Man,” without any audio conversations, just music and quotes that help with the plot development. The powerful message and the ad’s success is a living example of how TV can still be compelling during digital days, of course, if done properly and combined with other campaigns, such as PPC, SEO, or community outreach.
6. Best Social Media ad
Social Media platforms are constantly gaining ground, from Facebook to Instagram, and even Tik Tok or Clubhouse. Several attorneys have understood it and caught the wave. Still, this year’s award went to Brown & Crouppen, P.C. Their managing attorney Ed Herman is a Facebook star, with a page counting over 16k followers and a law firm Youtube channel closing down to the 20k mark. The law firm won the award for its overall presence and the following video published on their channel. The humorous side, combined with the professionalism and reach of Social Media, allows the law firm to stand out.
7. Best PR ad
This year’s Golden Gavel award went to the Zanes Law Firm in Tucson, AZ. With the help of Whitehardt advertising, the Law Firm created promotional material for the law firm’s community giveback activities. The local schools found themselves in a difficult situation, with limited resources, and teachers struggled to provide their students with the necessary. The Zanes Law Group stepped in and invited the young students and teachers to come over to their offices, meet and greet and receive 100 school bags full of supplies. That initiative was well received and is now a company policy for the law firm, taking part every year. The empowerment of the local teachers with around 40k of school supplies per year has put Zanes Law in the spotlight, creating a wave of positive PR for them.