Awards & Memberships
An involved lawyer is an effective lawyer. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. we strongly believe that contributing to our legal community not only helps our peers and clients as a whole, but helps us become better at our jobs. These awards and memberships certainly seem to prove it!
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms Ranking
This peer-reviewed list from U.S. News and Best Lawyers, combined, chose Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. as one of the Best Law Firms from a field of over 13,000 lawyers and law firms throughout the country.
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Colorado Super Lawyers® Directory Listed
This prestigious publication listed Jim Leventhal among the Top 100 Lawyers in the State of Colorado. Jim Puga and Ben Sachs have also been honored with numerous awards from Super Lawyers® over multiple years. Molly Greenblatt was also honored as one of their Rising Stars℠.
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Martindale-Hubbell® Top Rated Lawyers
Our attorneys have earned top rankings from Martindale-Hubbell®, including being AV® Rated! This honor is bestowed on lawyers with the highest ethical standards and legal ability.
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Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) Members
ALL our attorneys are active members of the CTLA. Founding member Jim Leventhal and Partner Jim Puga have co-chaired the association, been on the Board of Directors, and spoken at seminars and conventions, as well as served on the medical malpractice committee. Jim Leventhal has been granted a Kenneth M. Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award from CTLA.
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Membership in The Inner Circle of Advocates
Jim Leventhal is one of only 100 lawyers in the entire United States (and only the third Colorado lawyer) to achieve membership in The Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group of the best plaintiff lawyers in the U.S. Members are renowned for their exceptional courtroom skill.
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American Association for Justice (AAJ) Members
Jim Leventhal is a member of the AAJ President’s Club, Leader’s Forum, and has spoken at National Conventions. Bruce Braley is on the Board of Governors and the Chair-Elect of the Professional Negligence section. Almost every single lawyer at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. devotes time to the AAJ. From being on the Justice Leaders Forum, to editing the AAJ Professional Negligence Newsletter, to participating in the Trucking Litigation Group, and more, we show that we care about justice.
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Named Best Lawyers in America
Since 1983, Best Lawyers has been reviewing lawyers under a tried-and-true peer review process. We’re proud to say that Jim Leventhal, Jim Puga, and Molly Greenblatt are currently on the list (and have been for years). Jim Leventhal has been Lawyer of the Year twice, in 2013 for Colorado Personal Injury, and 2010 for Colorado Malpractice.
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Colorado Bar Association (CBA) Members
Every single attorney at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and fully licensed to practice in the State. We’ve served on the budget committee, given presentations for Continuing Legal Education, and keep up with every shift in Colorado law.
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Denver Bar Association Members
With the goal of connecting and working with legal professionals in the hyper-local Denver area, our Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. attorneys are members of the Denver Bar Association. Jim Leventhal won the 2005 Best of the Bar Award in Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice from the Denver Business Journal and Denver Bar Association.
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Denver Kids, Inc.’s Friend of the Year Award
Jim Puga’s extensive volunteer work with Denver Kids, Inc. was recognized by the organization when it awarded him Friend of the Year. As a counselor, Jim works one-on-one with Denver Public School students, guiding and encouraging them to graduate high school.
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5280 Magazine’s 2016 Top Lawyers in Denver
Two of our lawyers—Jim Leventhal and Jim Puga—were named on 5280 Magazine’s list of 2016 Top Lawyers in Denver. Mile High Magazine ranks lawyers in dozens of categories to show Denver residents the best litigators.
The ABA is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world, and Jim Leventhal and Erin Genullis are proud to contribute, along with 40,000 other legal professionals.
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Multiple Law Week Colorado Awards
Founder Jim Leventhal has been the recipient of numerous awards from Law Week Colorado: Best Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer 2012; Best Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer 2011; Editor’s Choice Best Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Lawyer 2010; and Editor’s Choice Best Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer 2010.
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ) Member
Jim Puga volunteers with this pro-bono organization that protects personal rights, taking on cases involving discrimination, civil rights, prisoners’ rights, constitutional rights, and police brutality.
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Member
Bruce Braley has been president of the Iowa chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. ABOTA members work to create opportunities for teachers and students to learn more about the Constitution and the judicial process.
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National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Instructor
Jim Puga is a faculty member at NITA, the nation’s leading non-profit provider of legal advocacy education, instructing students in the legal arena of trial skills.
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Named Couple of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Bruce Braley and his wife made a difference to their community. That’s why the Northeast Iowa branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters honored them as the Couple of the Year. BBBS helps children reach successful adulthood by pairing them with volunteer mentors who give their time and attention.
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Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (CCDB) Member
Alex Wilschke is a proud member of the CCDB, a collection of attorneys, investigators, and paralegals dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused. Alex was named one of Colorado College’s Best and Brightest Seniors, and has three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals for meritorious service.
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Named North Star Lawyer by Minnesota State Bar
Brian Aleinikoff joined the ranks of the North Star Lawyers of Minnesota from 2013-2015. This program celebrates the work of members who meet or exceed the encouraged amount of pro bono service hours in a year.
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American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow
Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. attorney Bruce Braley has been named a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the National College of Advocacy, and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers.
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Appointment by the Iowa Supreme Court
Bruce Braley has been very active on behalf of Iowans. He was appointed to the Rules of Professional Conduct Drafting Committee and the Commission on Planning for the 21st Century by the Iowa Supreme Court, as well as the Governor’s Task Force to Protect Iowans’ Consumer Privacy. He was also appointed to the Federal Practice Committee for the Northern District of Iowa.
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Barrister's Choice Best Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Jim Leventhal has been awarded Barrister’s Choice Best Medical Malpractice Lawyer - Plaintiffs by Law Week Colorado in their 2018 Barrister’s Best list. Law Week stated, “Even after what he’s accomplished in more than four decades of med mal litigation, Leventhal doesn’t seem to be slowing down.” Barrister’s Best is a collaboration between editorial staff and readers to celebrate the most prominent, highest performing, and well-established lawyers in Colorado.
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