The other week, my colleague congratulated me here on the NY Injury Law Blog for my being honored as a New York Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. Now I’m writing to share that I’m not the only Ziff Law Firm attorney to be selected for the distinction. Carl T. Hayden, who also represents plaintiffs in personal injury and medical malpractice, was also named to the 2011 Super Lawyers list of leading peer-rated attorneys.

Carl and I are the only injury and malpractice lawyers in the Elmira area to have been selected for the 2011 Super Lawyers list.

What does it mean to be named a Super Lawyer?

Super Lawyers Magazine is a national publication that reaches 13 million readers. One of the magazine’s most important and popular features is the state by state, region by region, Top Lawyers List. The list is updated every every year, so anyone searching for a qualified and talented lawyer has the information they need to find the right attorney.

Attorneys earn a place on the list through a point system based on peer nominations and  12 categories of effectiveness, as well as independent research. You can’t buy a spot on the list, only earn it.

Carl’s career record has certainly merited his selection to the Super Lawyer’s List. Carl has been in practice at the Ziff Law Firm since 1971. Carl is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a distinction that, like the Super Lawyers honor, makes him part of a small, select group. Only 1 percent of trial lawyers are invited to join FACTL. Carl is the only attorney in Chemung County to have been so honored.

In addition to an exemplary law career, Carl has a history of community involvement, holding positions of great responsibility with local and state organizations including 12 years of service on the NY Board of Regents. On our firm’s website, you can read more about Carl Hayden’s work record as well as his affiliations and honors.

I was very honored to have been named to the Super Lawyers list again. I think, however, to have been selected in company with Carl makes me realize it as even more of a distinction.

Thanks for reading,



James B. Reed, Esq.
NY & PA Personal Injury Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
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