Awards and Firm Recognition

National Trial Law was founded in 1971, in Austin, TX. Over the course of the firm’s 50-year history, exemplary attorneys and staff members have been recognized by local and national organizations for their contributions to the field of law. Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham & Jacob PLLC prides itself in its leadership in the field of personal injury trial law.

The accolades included here have been awarded based on the firm’s merit. Lawyers and law firms are considered for these accolades based on criteria such as peer review, client satisfaction, and scholarly lectures or writings.

Austin Monthly’s Top Attorneys of 2022

Austin Monthly magazine has named the Top Attorneys of 2022 for the practice areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, and more. Through a partnership with Austin Monthly and DataJoe Research, attorneys in Austin were rigorously evaluated based on peer review and independent research.

Four of National Trial Law’s attorneys were named Top Attorneys of 2022 by the Austin Monthly Magazine.

Super Lawyers 2022

Each year since 2014, National Trial Law has had more attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers in Plaintiff Medical Malpractice than any other firm in Texas. Six of our attorneys were named Super Lawyers and one was named a Rising Star in 2022. View National Trial Law’s Super Lawyers profile.

Super Lawyers of 2022 at National Trial Law include:

Rising Stars of 2022 at National Trial Law:

In addition, partner Chip Brees has been named as Top 50 Attorney in Central TX in 2022 and each year since 2018. He has also been recognized among the Top 50 two additional times in 2013 and 2011.

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Eugene W. (Chip) Brees, II

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Eugene W. (Chip) Brees, II

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Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award 2022 – Texas Bar Foundation Awards

We are pleased to that William O. Whitehurst, Jr. of National Trial has been selected for the prestigious Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award by the Texas Bar Foundation. Read more about each of the 2022 Award Recipients.

About the award from the Texas Bar Foundation:

The Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award was the first award established by the Texas Bar Foundation in 1974. The award recognizes attorneys whose practice spanned fifty years or more, as of January 1st of the year of the award, and who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public.

Logo red star embedded in black star text "Texas Bar Foundation" – “Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Austin 2022” recognized National Trial Law as one of the Best Personal Injury Law Firms in the Austin area in 2022. In order to select the best law firms in each area, conducts a thorough independent review of law firms using public databases and customer referrals. analyzes review data, verifies professional credentials, and employs mystery shoppers in their selection process. View this award on award badge for Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Austin 2022

Super Lawyers 2021

Congratulations to all of our partners for being recognized by Thomson Reuters as a 2021 Texas Super Lawyer:

    • Bill Whitehurst,
    • Tom Harkness,
    • Chip Brees,
    • Michelle Cheng,
    • Jamal Alsaffar,
    • Laurie Higginbotham,
    • Tom Jacob

    Attorney Steven Haspel has been recognized as a 2021 Rising Star.

    In addition, partners Michelle Cheng and Laurie Higginbotham were named to the Texas Top Women Attorneys List published by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers® in the January 2022 issue of Texas Monthly. Cheng and Higginbotham were 2 of only 10 women lawyers recognized in the state for Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice.

    Super Lawyers represent the top 5% of lawyers in Texas, are nominated by their peers and chosen based on professional achievement and peer recognition. When every lawyer in the firm is recognized by their fellow lawyers as the top of the profession, you know you’ve got a great team.

Austin Monthly Magazine Honors National Trial Law

We are proud to share Austin Monthly’s Top Attorneys 2021 list featuring National Trial Law as a top law firm as well as 5 partners recognized under the “medical malpractice plaintiff” and “personal injury” categories! – Austin Monthly Magazine

    • Laurie M. Higginbotham – Medical Malpractice Plaintiff
    • Michelle M. Cheng – Medical Malpractice Plaintiff
    • Thomas R. Harkness – Personal injury
    • Tom Jacob – Personal Injury
    • Jamal K. Alsaffar – personal injury

View the full list of Austin Monthly’s Top Attorneys of 2021