The International Academy of Trial Attorneys is a group of truly elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the Bar. The Academy’s purposes are to promote reforms in the law, facilitate the Administration of Justice, promote the Rule of Law internationally, and elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession. The Academy includes lawyers from more than 30 countries. Fellowship is by invitation only, limited to 500 members who have been invited to become Fellows only after an extremely careful vetting process that includes discreet inquiries of both judges and other trial lawyers of high standing. Howard Coker is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Attorneys.
The International Society of Barristers is an honor society of outstanding trial lawyers chosen by their peers based on excellence and integrity in advocacy. It seeks to preserve trial by jury, the adversary system, and independence of the judiciary. As individuals, the Fellows of the Society are committed to the highest of ethical standards and to civility in all their personal and professional relationships. With a limited membership, the Society has Fellows from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, and from Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, and Mexico, with the great majority from the United States. Members (the Fellows) are elected by the Society’s Board of Governors on nomination by a Fellow and after inquiry directed to other Barristers in the nominee’s region and to judges before whom the nominee has tried cases. Howard Coker, Charles Sorenson and Jake Schickel are Fellows of the International Society of Barristers.
Membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates is limited to attorneys selected by peers and who have tried at least 20 civil jury trials. Firm Partners Howard Coker, Jake Schickel, Charles Sorenson, Matthew Posgay and Daniel Iracki are all members of this organization. Mr. Coker is Past President of ABOTA statewide and of the Jacksonville Chapter. Mr. Sorenson, Mr. Posgay and Mr. Schickel are all Past Presidents of the Jacksonville Chapter.
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile. Howard Coker, Charles Sorenson, and Matthew Posgay are all members.
Experience, evaluation and testing are part of the strict requirements of achieving board certification as a specialist and expert in any of the practice areas recognized by THE FLORIDA BAR. Firm Partners Howard Coker, Jake Schickel, Charles Sorenson, Matthew Posgay and Dan Iracki have each been certified as specialists in Civil Trial Law and Jake Schickel has achieved this distinction in Workers’ Compensation Law.
The NATIONAL BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCACY is a non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of trial advocacy and to aiding clients to choose experienced legal representation. Firm Partners Howard Coker, Jake Schickel, Charles Sorenson and Matthew Posgay are all certified members of this important organization.
Coker Law was named one of the Best Law Firms in Florida by U.S. News and World Reports for 2014. These rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.
BEST LAWYERS is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Only a single attorney in each practice area in each community is named “Lawyer of the Year.” For 2010 and 2014, Howard Coker has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Personal Injury Law.
One of the most respected attorney directories, an AV-rating from MARTINDALE-HUBBELL denotes that peers recognize a firm or attorney as being at the pinnacle of the legal profession. The firm and Partners, Howard Coker, Jake Schickel, Charles Sorenson and Matthew Posgay hold an AV-rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
SUPER LAWYERS The Super Lawyers list recognizes the top five percent of attorneys in each state as determined by independent research and peer review evaluations. The Rising Stars list recognizes the top 2.5 percent of attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been in practice 10 years or less. Multiple members of Coker Law have been selected to the Super Lawyers list every year since its inception; Howard Coker (since 2006), Charles Sorenson (since 2006), Jake Schickel (2006 – 2022), Rufus Pennington (2006, 2008-2010, 2013 – 2022), Matthew Posgay (2010-2022), Lindsay Tygart (Rising Star 2011, 2015 -2015) (Super Lawyer 2017-2022), Dan Iracki (Rising Star 2015-2020), (Super Lawyers 2021-2022), Stefano Portigliatti (Rising Star 2017-2022), Joel Harris (Rising Star 2019-2021), (Super Lawyers 2022), Fraz Ahmed (Rising Star 2010, 2019-2020), (Super Lawyers 2021-2022), David Thompson (Rising Star 2019-2022), Dana Jacobs (Rising Star 2022), Chase Sorenson (Rising Star 2020-2022), Chelsea Harris (Rising Star 2016), (Super Lawyer 2021-2022), Steve Watrel (2018-2022(.
THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (ABA) provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. All firm attorneys are members of this organization.
THE FLORIDA BAR is one of the leading organized bars in the nation. Howard Coker is a Past President of The Florida Bar and all firm attorneys are members in good standing. Jake Schickel is a past member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors.
THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE promotes a fair and effective justice system for all persons injured by the misconduct or negligence of others. Howard Coker, Charles Sorenson, Matthew Posgay, Daniel Iracki, Stefano Portigliatti are members of this association.
THE FLORIDA JUSTICE ASSOCIATION (FJA) is dedicated to strengthening and upholding Florida’s civil justice system and protecting the rights of Florida’s citizens and consumers. All of our partners and litigation attorneys are Eagle members. Firm Partner, Howard Coker is Past President. Matthew Posgay is currently a member of the FJA Board of Directors.
THE JACKSONVILLE JUSTICE ASSOCIATION is a non-profit organization of civil justice attorneys that represent those injured by negligence or malpractice. Howard Coker, Charles Sorenson, Dan Iracki and Matthew Posgay are all Past Presidents of this organization. Lindsay Tygart is the past and current Vice-President
THE JACKSONVILLE BAR ASSOCIATION serves as a professional forum that is willing to take action and better serve the public in facing law-related community issues. All firm attorneys are members of this organization.
THE FLORIDA BAR FOUNDATION is the only statewide organization that provides funding for Legal Aid and addresses the civil legal needs of financially challenged citizens. Jake Schickel is a former member of the Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors, both he and Howard Coker are current Fellows of the organization.
WORKERS’ INJURY LAW & ADVOCACY GROUP (WILG) is a national non-profit membership organization dedicated to representing the interests of millions of workers and their families who, each year, suffer the consequences of work-related injuries or occupational illnesses and who need expert legal assistance to obtain medical care and other relief under workers’ compensation programs. WILG is a network of like-minded advocates for workers’ rights, sharing information and knowledge, a sense of commitment and kinship, and networking to help each other and our clients.