Law Firm Honors & Awards
We are dedicated to excellence and integrity and as a result, our work in the area of Michigan personal injury law has earned the respect of judges, the legal community, lawmakers, the public, and most importantly our clients. Because of this, our attorneys and staff are continually recognized as leaders in the law and within our communities, earning esteemed recognitions and awards along the way. Here is an overview of the achievements and honors that our firm and its attorneys have received over the years.
Attorney Awards & Designations
Brian McKenna Recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by Detroit Business Magazine – Earning this distinction is solely based on a peer-review survey sent out to certified lawyers in the Metro-Detroit area and demonstrates how Brian is highly regarded among his peers in the legal community.
James F. Graves receives Thomas E. Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award – Jim Graves was recognized as the Ingham County Bar Association’s 2021 Thomas E. Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award winner, for his significant and longstanding contribution to the advancement and improvement of the justice system.
Super Lawyers Recognizes 10 Sinas Dramis Attorneys & Names George Sinas “Top 100 Lawyer” – George Sinas is the only Lansing personal injury lawyer named in the 2021 “Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan” list by Super Lawyers. The publication also recognized ten Sinas Dramis attorneys in its annual “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” lists.
Bryan Waldman Named 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers – Bryan was one of five Sinas Dramis attorneys listed in the 2022 publication of Best Lawyers in America in the area of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and was additionally recognized as the 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” in Lansing.
Katie Tucker Receives the Women Association of Michigan’s (WLAM) 2021 Leadership Award – Katie is one of only six distinguished women attorneys in our State to receive the Regional Leadership Award. This award is presented in recognition and celebration of each attorney’s professionalism, excellence, and dedication to furthering the objectives of the Association.
Katie Tucker Lansing’s Only Personal Injury Lawyer Named “2021 Top Woman Attorney“ by Super Lawyers – Katie Tucker received the incredible distinction of a 2021 “Top Woman Attorney” by Super Lawyers.
Bryan Waldman Earns American Board of Trial Advocates Membership – Bryan was accepted into ABOTA – a prestigious, invitation-only group of attorneys committed to the preservation and promotion of the 7th Amendment that guarantees the right to civil jury trials.
Tom Sinas Voted “Best Personal Injury Attorney in Grand Rapids” – Tom was named on the 2021 “Best of Grand Rapids” list, voted by readers of Grand Rapids Magazine.
Tom Sinas Receives Top-Rated Grand Rapids Attorney Distinction – Every year, Grand Rapids Magazine and Grand Rapids Business Journal compile the results of a peer-review survey, honoring the recipients with the most votes with the “top-rate distinction.” Tom received this immense honor for the second year in a row in 2020.
Jim Graves Named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers – In recognition of an incredible career dedicated to his client’s Jim Graves is Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year for 2021.
Tom Sinas Recognized as a Michigan Top 10 Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Lawyer – Tom received this distinction from Leading Lawyers and is the only West Michigan attorney listed, as well as the youngest in Michigan.
Jon Homa Named “Top 40 Under 40” Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers
Tom Sinas Named a Top Lawyer in Grand Rapids – Based solely on a peer-review survey, Grand Rapids Magazine and Grand Rapids Business Journal names Tom Sinas a top Grand Rapids lawyer in 2019.
Katie Tucker Recognized as “Up and Coming Lawyer” – Michigan Lawyers Weekly included attorney Katie Tucker in its 2019 list of Up and Coming Lawyers.
2019 Cooley Law Review Distinguished Brief Award – Joel Finnell and co-author, Stephen Sinas, receive honors in recognition of their legal prestigious legal writing.
Thomas E. Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award – In recognition of his standard of legal excellence, demonstrated accomplishments, and professional, George Sinas was the 2018 recipient of the Thomas E. Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.
Presidency, Michigan Association for Justice – The largest association of attorneys who practice plaintiffs’ personal injury law is the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ). The organization was formerly the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association. The competence and professional standing of Sinas Dramis in the field of personal injury law is reflected by the fact that three of the law firm’s partners have been elected as president of the MAJ.
Presidency, Ingham County Bar Association – Most lawyers practicing in the greater Lansing area are members of the Ingham County Bar Association. Several of the firm’s partners have been elected to serve as president of the Ingham County Bar Association.
Chair, State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section – The State Bar of Michigan offers its members various practice sections to which they can belong. The section dealing with personal injury law is known as the Negligence Law Section. Both plaintiffs and defense lawyers who practice personal injury are typically members of this section. Two Sinas Dramis partners have been elected to serve as chair of this section.
Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award – The Ingham County Bar Association’s “Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award” is given annually to an attorney who exemplifies the highest standards of professional competence and ethical integrity. Several Sinas Dramis partners have been honored with this prestigious award.
Earl J. Cline & Sherwin Schrier Award for Excellence – State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section honored George Sinas with its prestigious 2018 Cline & Schreier Award for Excellence in recognition of his “excellence in automotive-related litigation.”
Most Respected Advocate Award, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel – The Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) is an association of attorneys who focus their practice on defending personal injury lawsuits. Each year, the MDTC honors a plaintiffs’ attorney who encompasses the highest standard of competence, integrity and civility. Two Sinas Dramis partners have received this prestigious award.
Brain Injury Professional Service Award, Brain Injury Association of Michigan – The Brain Injury Association of Michigan is the largest brain injury association in the United States. Every year, it bestows its “Legacy Society Professional Service Award” on a professional who has made significant contributions benefiting individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. One Sinas Dramis partner has received this honor.
Best Lawyers in America (Michigan personal injury law, Michigan family law) – A peer review organization called “The Best Lawyers in America” conducts an annual survey of attorneys across the United States to determine the top lawyers in each state in various practice areas. Five of the firm’s partners have been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law and family law.
Michigan Super Lawyers – A peer-review organization called “Super Lawyers” surveys attorneys across the United States to determine the top attorneys in each state in various practice areas. Over the years, several Sinas Dramis partners have been listed in “Super Lawyers” in the areas of plaintiffs’ personal injury law and family law.
Lansing, Michigan Personal Injury Litigator of the Year, Best Lawyers – The peer review organization known as “The Best Lawyers in America” recognizes outstanding litigators in various practice areas. Two Sinas Dramis partners have received the “Best Lawyers in America – Personal Litigator of the Year” award for Lansing, Michigan.
Lansing Lawyer of the Year – Domestic Relations Law, Best Lawyers – The peer review organization known as “The Best Lawyers in America” recognizes outstanding litigators in various practice areas, including family law. One Sinas Dramis partner has received this designation.
Most Influential Attorneys, Michigan Lawyers Weekly – Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a statewide legal publication, has published a list of “Michigan’s Most Influential Attorneys.” Two Sinas Dramis partners have received this designation.
Lawyer of the Year & Leaders in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly – Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a statewide legal publication, bestows annual awards recognizing “Leaders in the Law” and also honors one “Lawyer of the Year.” One Sinas Dramis partner has been recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year,” while another Sinas Dramis partner has been recognized as a “Leader in the Law.”
Champion of Justice, Michigan Association for Justice – This honor is given annually by the Michigan Association for Justice. The recipient is a person who is committed to preserving the civil justice system and the rights of citizens. A Sinas Dramis partner has received this award.
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Association – Attorneys who are chosen as one of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” have passed a rigorous selection process that includes nominations by one’s peers and research into one’s leadership, reputation, influence and public profile. Five Sinas Dramis attorneys are recognized as “Top 100 Trial Lawyers.”
AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell – Attorneys who receive the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating have been recognized as achieving the highest level of professional excellence. An attorney’s legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience are all considered. Numerous Sinas Dramis attorneys have received this designation.
Leading Lawyers in Personal Injury Law, Leading Lawyers Network – Membership in “Leading Lawyers” is reserved for less than 5% of lawyers licensed to practice in a particular state who are nominated by their peers. Several Sinas Dramis attorneys have been recognized as “Leading Lawyers.” In addition, Sinas Dramis was prominently featured in the 2017 inaugural issue of “Leading Lawyers – Michigan Edition” magazine.
Top 5 Under 35, Ingham County Bar Association – Given by the Ingham County Bar Association, this award recognizes younger attorneys who have demonstrated character and integrity, as well as service to the legal community and general public, and who have a reputation for advancing the highest legal standards and professional ethics. Two Sinas Dramis attorneys have received this award.
Presidency, State Bar of Michigan – Michigan’s legal profession is overseen by the State Bar of Michigan, the organization that licenses all practicing attorneys in the state. The State Bar president serves for one year. From 1988-1989, former Sinas Dramis partner Donald L. Reisig served as president of the State Bar.
Law Firm Awards & Designations
Over the years, the firm itself has been recognized for its achievements and dedication to providing outstanding legal representation to plaintiffs and their families.
Sinas Dramis Listed Among State’s Best in Personal Injury Law – Sinas Dramis Law Firm was once again listed as one of Michigan’s “Best Law Firms” in Plaintiffs personal injury litigation in the 2021 edition of the U.S. News—Best Lawyers publication, Best Law Firms.
George Sinas “Top 100 Lawyer” – George Sinas is the only Lansing personal injury lawyer named in the 2021 “Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan” list by Super Lawyers. The publication also recognized ten Sinas Dramis attorneys in its annual “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” lists.
Best Law Firms, 2020 – Sinas Dramis earned tier recognitions in three metropolitan areas – Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Detroit.
Best Lawyers, 2020 – Seven Sinas Dramis attorneys receive Best Lawyers distinction. Additionally, Bryan Waldman is selected as the 2020 Lawyer of the Year for personal injury in Lansing.
2011 Legislative Tribute, Michigan Legislature – In recognition of 60 years of service to the people of Michigan, on September 16, 2011, the Michigan Legislature passed a special tribute resolution honoring the Sinas Dramis Law Firm.
Tier 1 Ranking – Personal Injury and Family Law, Best Law Firms – Based on client feedback and input from fellow attorneys and law firms, the Sinas Dramis Law Firm has been awarded a “Tier 1” ranking in the areas of personal injury and family law in the Lansing area. With the addition of our offices in Kalamazoo and metro-Detroit, Sinas Dramis also received additional rankings in these cities in 2020.
Pro Bono Circle of Excellence, State Bar of Michigan – Sinas Dramis is one of numerous Michigan law firms and corporations listed as part of the State Bar of Michigan’s “Circle of Excellence.” These entities have donated time and/or money to providing legal services to low-income individuals or families, or have provided legal assistance at no cost or for a reduced fee.