Givens Givens Sparks’ attorney Christopher Codling was selected to America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys® for 2019. Selection to America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional litigators for high-value personal injury, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice matters.
To be considered for selection, an attorney must focus more than 50% of their active legal practice on personal injury, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liability, and/or medical malpractice matters. Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through Advanced Data Analytics evaluating a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant personal injury settlements and/or verdicts, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.
Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state receive this honor and are selected for membership among America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys®. With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys®, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of attorneys in the community.
On the heels of a $30 million jury verdict in 2017 on behalf of his client, Stephanie Ming, who suffered permanent and debilitating brain damage after she was hit by a vehicle while walking on the side of the road, Codling has continued to litigate other high-profile injury cases in the Tampa area.
In 2018, Codling recovered a confidential settlement for an elderly woman who was severely injured on the property of an entertainment venue. The settlement was reached the Friday before a jury trial was set to begin, and after Codling and his co-counsel, Robert Sparks, had litigated the negligence case for more than three years while the venue ownership fought the victim’s claims.
Also last year, Codling litigated confidential policy limit insurance settlements for two clients who were injured when the car they were passengers in was hit by a driver who ran a red light. Both passengers suffered multiple injuries in the incident, including brain injuries, neck, back and shoulder injuries.
This year, Codling will continue to pursue a pedestrian injury case in which his client suffered a closed head brain injury after being hit by a vehicle as she attempted to cross an intersection at a crosswalk in the south shore area of Hillsborough County.
Codling, along with the personal injury division of the firm, have been recognized by several organizations, including: Expertise.com Best Personal Injury Firm in Tampa, Lawyers of Distinction, Super Lawyers®, America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Attorneys, National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Trial Attorneys Under 40, National Black Trial Lawyers Top 100, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.