Honors & Awards

Individually and collectively, the attorneys at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy have been recognized for excellence by clients, the legal community, and business groups, as well as by numerous civic, cultural and nonprofit organizations. These honors include:

The Daily Journal

Top 100 Lawyers in California
Joseph W. Cotchett selected (every year since award's inception - Top 10)
Frank Pitre
Niall P. McCarthy

Top 100 Women Litigators in California
Nanci E. Nishimura
Anne Marie Murphy

Top Northern California Law Firm
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP

Top 25 Plaintiff Lawyers in California
Joseph W. Cotchett
Frank Pitre
Anne Marie Murphy

Awards for Various Legal Cases

California Lawyer

Attorney of the Year (CLAY)
Justin T. Berger and Niall P. McCarthy

The National Law Journal

“Plaintiff’s Hot List”
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP has been repeatedly recognized as a law firm on the cutting edge of litigation.

Top 100 Verdicts in the United States

The American Lawyer

Litigator of the Week
Nancy L. Fineman

Consumer Attorneys of California

Trial Lawyers of the Year
Frank M. Pitre - Winner (2013)
Frank M. Pitre - Finalist (2000, 2004, 2011)
Niall P. McCarthy - Finalist (2005, 2011)
Nancy Fineman
Justin T. Berger - Finalist (2008 and 2011)
Anne Marie Murphy - Finalist (2008)

Consumer Advocate Award
Joseph W. Cotchett

Edward I. Pollock Award
Frank M. Pitre

Presidential Award of Merit
Joseph W. Cotchett
Niall McCarthy
Anne Marie Murphy

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

Nancy Fineman - Trial Lawyer of the Year (2014)

Super Lawyers and San Francisco Magazine

Super Lawyers - Northern California
Joseph W. Cotchett (Top 10 & Selected No. 1 over various years)
Frank M. Pitre  (Top 10)
Niall P. McCarthy (Top 100)
Nancy L. Fineman (Top 50 Women Northern California; Top 100)
Mark C. Molumphy (Top 100)
Nanci E. Nishimura
Anne Marie Murphy (Top 50 Women Northern California)

The Recorder

Top 50 California Lawyers Under 10 Years of Practice
Justin T. Berger (2012)

US News & World Report

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP (Best Lawyers)

Anti-Defamation League

Nancy Fineman - Distinguished Juriprudence Award

California Women Lawyers

Nancy Fineman


500 Leading Lawyers in America
Joseph W. Cotchett
Frank M. Pitre
Nancy L. Fineman
Niall P. McCarthy

Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame
Joseph W. Cotchett (2011)

Public Justice

Trial Lawyer of the Year
Joseph W. Cotchett - Winner (2014)
Frank M. Pitre - Finalist
Nancy Fineman - Winner (2014)

San Francisco 7x7 Magazine

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP (Bet the Company Litigation)


Profiles of Excellence Award
Niall P. McCarthy

Jack Berman Advocacy Center of the American Jewish Congress

Community Service Award
Mark C. Molumphy

San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce

Frances Bohannon Nelson Legacy Award
Joseph W. Cotchett

American Italian Bar Service Award

Frank M. Pitre

Golden State Antitrust Institute

Antitrust Lawyer of the Year
Joseph W. Cotchett (2011)

San Mateo Bar Association Diveristy Award
Joseph W. Cotchett (First Honoree)

Irish Voice

Irish Legal 100
Niall McCarthy (2015)

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell



The law firm has been singled out for praise by various courts, judges and clients. The following are just a few of the acknowledgements:

"This settlement is extraordinary in that every single dollar of the cash funds will go to class members. It is extraordinary in that the claimants will receive 100 percent of the value of their claims, not as measured by the Court, not as measured on a litigated basis, but as measured by plaintiffs' own experts."

                  - Judge of the U.S. District Court

The Cotchett firm, in particular, has appeared before the court in other actions, and the performance of its attorneys to date in this and in other cases is a testament to the ability of these attorneys.

- Judge of the U.S. District Court

This court has had the distinct pleasure of having the parties in this case represented by some of the finest attorneys not only in this state but in the country.” Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy has “well reputed experience in [consumer fraud] litigation.”

- Judge of the U.S. District Court

I have a lot of experience in this kind of litigation”… [and] “the lawyers, many of whom I am personally familiar with, are top notch lawyers who have provided excellent representation.

- Judge of the Superior Court

The attorneys… displayed truly exceptional levels of skill and tenacity.

- Judge of the U.S. District Court

The California Court of Appeal described CPM as an “experienced litigation firm that obtained a ‘stupendous’ result for the [client].”

"Thank you so much for all your hard work and expertise on my behalf. You have helped to make my life and future easier! I really appreciate all you did for me and my wife, I would absolutely recommend you to family and friends."

- Client