Awards, Memberships & Achievements
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. - Nationally Recognized Law Firm
Our firm has been recognized for their professionalism and experience in the legal field. Below are some of the organizations that have recognized Hardwick Pendergast, P.S. for their high standards and quality of work.
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Mr. Pendergast is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Only the top 1% of attorneys in the U.S. are offered membership, and Mr. Pendergast won the award from NADC in 2017 and again in 2018. Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law.
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Litigator Award Winner
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. is a 2014 & 2015 Litigator Award Winner™ in Wrongful Death law. The Litigator Award™ is an esteemed and exclusive honor reserved for exceptional law firms that have achieved Million, Multi-Million and/or Billion Dollar verdicts and settlements in at least one specialty area in the country.
Ranked in “Best Law Firms” of 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®
Every year, U.S. News & World Report in partnership with Best Lawyers® recognizes the best law firms in the country. Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has been honored with this award for Personal Injury Litigation in the Seattle area. The firm is being recognized for its professional excellence, top-rated performance, peer reviews, and client satisfaction.
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Avvo Clients’ Choice Award
Joseph E. Pendergast III was given a 2018 and 2021 Clients’ Choice Award by Avvo, the premiere lawyer listing website, for his perfect 5-star reviews from satisfied clients. Mr. Pendergast has helped thousands of clients recover millions of dollars so far in his over two decade career.
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Chosen by Expertise as a "2019 Best Personal Injury Lawyer” in Seattle and "2018 Best Personal Injury Lawyer” in Seattle
For 2019 and 2018, Expertise.com reviewed over 145 attorneys in the Seattle area and selected Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., as one of the top 20 personal injury firms based on 25 variables, including reputation, experience, and availability. Expertise also cited former clients, who said that Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., attorneys were “friendly, direct, detailed, and helpful!”
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Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Mr. Pendergast is a member of both the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
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Avvo Rated 10.0 Superb
Mr. Pendergast is Avvo rated 10.0/10.0 Superb Attorney. He is widely recognized by the legal community for his exceptional professional conduct and experience. The Avvo directory uses an unbiased mathematical model to help assess a lawyer’s qualifications.
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America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
Joseph E. Pendergast III has been selected as one of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators. Only 100 trial attorneys are chosen from each state or region. To be included, an attorney must have successfully litigated a matter with at least $2 million at stake. In addition, candidates are considered based on professional experience, case results, peer reviews, and community impact.
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Voted 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 2014-2021
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has been named one of the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Washington for Client Satisfaction 2014 to 2021 by American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. Selection for this exclusive honor is based on a nomination by a fellow attorney, impeccable Client Satisfaction Ratings and Reviews, and a display of the highest degree of professional achievement in personal injury law. AIOPIA recognizes attorneys that have reached unparalleled success without sacrificing client satisfaction in the process.
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America’s Most Honored Professionals Top 5% 2016 – 2020
Out of hundreds of thousands of professionals evaluated and researched by The American Registry, Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. is listed in the top 5% of America's Most Honored Professionals. Only those who have been publicly awarded multiple times for their professional excellence by trade groups, peers, clients, and the press are even considered.
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Better Business Bureau "A+" Rated
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. is a Better Business Bureau "A+" rated law firm. Businesses are graded based on 16 elements including: Time in Business, Competency Licensing and Background Information.
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National CNN Media Campaign
As a Litigator Award™ winner, Mr. Pendergast was honored in a National CNN Media Campaign in which promos were aired across four of CNN’s most watched shows including Anderson Cooper 360, Erin Burnett Up Front, Wolf Blitzer (Special), and CNN Prime News.
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Selected to Super Lawyers List
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. is proud to have their attorneys featured on Super Lawyers over the years.
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Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Mr. Pendergast has been named Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers.
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Lead Counsel Rating in Personal Injury Law - Plaintiff
Joseph Pendergast III has achieved a Lead Counsel Rating in Personal Injury Law because of his “profound legal experience, solid reputation, and demonstrated ethics.” Attorneys awarded this rating must have ample legal experience, a spotless record free of any disciplinary actions, and be endorsed by at least three legal professionals.
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Best Attorneys Online
Hardwick & Pendergast, P. S. has been chosen as one of the "Best Personal Injury Lawyer Firms in Washington" by bestattorneysonline.com. Best Attorneys Online is an online service which allows users to search for and contact an attorney or law firm, while also ranking them based on researching some of the most respectable law firms in the nation.
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The American Society of Legal Advocates
Mr. Pendergast was selected to the American Society of Legal Advocates, an invitation only, nationwide organization of elite lawyers in practice today who combine stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards. Fewer than 2% of U.S. lawyers are members.
Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America
Membership to Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America is extremely selective, carefully screened and limited to the most qualified and accomplished attorneys in the United States. With these high standards, less than one percent (1%) of the attorneys of America have been invited to be a member of Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America.
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National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys - Top 10
Hardwick & Pendergast, P. S. has been chosen as a Top 10 Law Firm by the NAOPIA for 2014-2018. The NAOPIA Board of Governors officially selects the Top 10 personal injury attorneys in each state out of thousands that are nominated, leaving no doubt as to whom the preeminent personal injury attorneys are.
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America's Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award
Joseph Pendergast III has received the America's Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional attorneys whose accomplishments and impact on the legal profession merit a Lifetime Achievement award.
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National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Mr. Pendergast is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, which is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law.
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Named Distinguished Lawyer
Mr. Pendergast is a proud member of Lawyers of Distinction, an organization that screens attorneys based on a high degree of peer recognition, professional competence, honors and awards, community or pro bono service, and case results. Membership is limited to the top 10% of attorneys in each state.
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Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney 2019 - 2020
Mr. Pendergast has been named a 2019 and 2020 Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney by Attorney and Practice Magazine for the state of Washington. The Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney Award recognizes the outstanding achievement of lawyers who advocate for injured clients across the United States and uphold the high standards of their respective State Bars. APM utilizes a strict review process to select winners, which is why only 1% of all attorneys nationally are recognized by this prestigious award.
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America's Most Honored Lawyers 2020
Mr. Pendergast has been presented with the coveted America’s Most Honored Lawyers award by the American Register—an award that is only bestowed upon 5% of all lawyers in the country. This award is an acknowledgment of a lawyer’s dedication to practicing law, serving his clients, and upholding high standards of excellence in and outside of the courtroom.
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