Legal Elite Awards 2022

LEGAL ELITE New World Repor t 2022 Awards

2 | Legal Elite Awards 2022 About Legal Elite Awards 2022 The legal industry remains one of the most fiercely competitive sectors in the world. The innovation and determination undertaken by legal professionals and firms has never been more crucial for those seeking to rise above their competitors. As the demand for personalized, creative approaches towards dealing with a client’s legal requirements becomes increasingly important, firms and individuals must work harder than ever to provide thorough and efficient services which meet the needs of each client requiring legal assistance or support. The Legal Elite Awards honors those who place customer satisfaction at the forefront of their practice, by recognizing the efforts of those who count themselves amongst the leading legal minds within their jurisdiction. We highlight the most respected lawyers and attorneys, identifying their fields of expertise, the clients they represent and focus on the outstanding results achieved as a result of sustained commitment and passion within the industry. Sif Brookes, Senior Editor Website: AI Global Media, Ltd. (AI) takes reasonable measures to ensure the quality of the information on this web site. However, AI will not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, correctness or completeness of any information that is available through this web site. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. The information available through the website and our partner publications is for your general information and use and is not intended to address any particular finance or investment requirements. In particular, the information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by us or any of our partner publications and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making or refraining frommaking any investment or financial decisions. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making any such decision. Any arrangement made between you and any third party named in the site is at your sole risk and responsibility.

Legal Elite Awards 2022 | 3 4. Kitay Law Offices: Best Bilingual Personal Injury Law Firm – USA & Client Services Excellence Award 2022 6. JND Legal Administration: Most Trusted Class Action Administration Specialists 2022 7. Hayes & Partners: Best Legal Executive Search Firm 2022 8. Khunkhun Law: Leading Experts in Marriage-Based Immigration Advisory Services 2022, USA 9. Holman Immigration Law: Immigration Lawyer of the Year (Vermont): Leslie Holman Contents

4 | Legal Elite Awards 2022 Kitay Law Offices is a law firm that wants to make a positive impact. It truly cares about the community it serves – therefore, it not only offers services in English, but also Spanish. At the heart of the company is a desire to aid those without a voice and, ultimately, to establish equality within the legal system. nown as ‘The Law Firm with a Heart®’, Kitay Law Offices works to represent people of all backgrounds by providing a voice to underrepresented communities. It endeavours to act as an advocate for those who need one. Founded over 25 years ago, the firm has acquired a unique perspective that has enabled it to work sensitively with different cultures. In essence, Kitay Law Offices is a law firm that prioritizes the clients and their needs, be it through hiring bilingual teammembers, offering a friendly service, or simply listening to its clients and taking their feedback to heart. With offices located in Philadelphia, Lehigh, Chester, Berks, Luzerne, and Franklin counties, Kitay Law Offices is a highly accessible firm. Moreover, it specialises in four key areas – Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Criminal and DUI defense, and Immigration law. Within such areas, Kitay Law Offices provides clients with a five-star experience – this is greatly reflected in the reviews of the law firm, with clients describing it as ‘awesome,’ ‘excellent,’ and as the ‘Best Law Firm in Lehigh Valley!’ This coincides greatly with Kitay Law Offices’ core values which revolve around client service. The firm is committed to providing excellence and is willing to go the extra mile in order to make each client feel comfortable whilst working with the firm. After all, many of the company’s clients are entering the law firm in a vulnerable position – which is a matter that Kitay Law Offices understands. Therefore, within each case, it fights to get the best result possible. It views each client as a collaborator – taking into consideration their thoughts, input, and feelings to cultivate an effective solution. ‘Regarding client service in general, we keep transparent and open lines of communication with our clients at all times. We communicate by phone, video call, and in person, whichever works best for our client. In addition, we provide clear and honest advice and recommendations regarding the strengths, weaknesses, and risks to each client. We will meet with our clients in advance to discuss any important developments or strategic decisions that we expect to encounter. Finally, each client works with a dedicated team that stays with them throughout the life of their case. This allows us to develop trust, understanding, and a lasting relationship with our clients,’ explains Kenneth M. Kitay, Esq., the law firm’s founder. Indeed, much of the company’s success stems from this approach, which is fulfilled by each member of the team. The firm’s internal culture is centred around the core values, which has created a positive and effective work environment. Additionally, the embodiment of such values ensures that each customer receives an amazing customer experience and exceptional results. In order to find staff members that live by these standards, the company undertakes a rigorous hiring process. Kitay continues, ‘we begin with a Apr22100 Best Bilingual Personal Injury Law Firm – USA & Client Services Excellence Award 2022 K

Best Bilingual Personal Injury Law Firm – USA & Client Services Excellence Award 2022 short phone conversation to ensure the candidate’s goals and interests align with our firm’s from a 30,000-foot view. Then, we conduct an initial formal interview that dives into a candidate’s work and education background. […] After the initial interview, we conduct an online profile assessment. This helps bring an objective measure to a candidate’s workplace behaviors, motivators, skills, and emotional intelligence.’ The process concludes with a reference check – if this comes back with positive results, Kitay Law Offices will hold a final interview. Throughout the recruitment stage, Kitay Law Offices makes its expectations abundantly clear, and consequently, it boasts a respectable and highly skilled team. As the industry throws numerous challenges at law firms, this is an important area to maintain – the team makes the business what it is. The Covid-19 pandemic, for example, was an immense challenge for many industries. For Kitay Law Offices, the outbreak meant adapting to a new way of holding legal proceedings – ‘now, many court proceedings occur via phone or video conference. As a result, we need to prepare our clients for this process and ensure they can utilize and access the requisite technology to work through their case. In some cases, this means we need to train our clients to use certain equipment and applications.’ The general mistrust of the legal system has also been challenging at times; however, Kitay Law Offices is on a mission to change this. Through providing transparent legal solutions with integrity and respect, it has begun changing the minds of its community. In fact, one of the most rewarding elements of the law firm’s work is the positive impact it has on its local area. As it is based within the locale that it serves, it has the ability to work not only with individuals, but society as a whole. Consequently, Kitay Law Offices has a bright future ahead – one that is filled with plans for expansion. Over the next year, the firm has plans to continue expanding its ability to serve communities throughout Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Complimenting this, Kitay Law Offices will be moving to a larger home in Chambersburg, PA in the coming months, which Kitay states will, ‘enhance our ability to serve this community, which also happens to have a largely underserved Spanishspeaking population.’ Contact: Thomas Pivnicny Company: Kitay Law Offices Web Address:


7 | Legal Elite Awards 2022 Mar22049 Best Legal Executive Search Firm 2022 Hayes & Partners is an executive search firm with a passion for connecting talent. Founded in 2019, the firm was established out of a drive to create a new standard of recruitment. The recruitment industry often has an unflattering perception, so Hayes & Partners is striving to change this. hen establishing Hayes & Partners, its founders, Jack and George Hayes were motivated to create a platform where young and ambitious people are encouraged to express themselves in a business setting whilst enjoying their work. Opposed to other recruitment firms, Hayes & Partners aim to build long-term relationships with clients and candidates whilst focusing on delivering short-term requirements with efficiency and precision. This unique approach to recruitment has certainly contributed to their early success and they’re eager to not stray from this core value as they expand. What further distinguishes Hayes & Partners is their team. Their experts are driven to work together to provide the highest quality customer service to both their clients and candidates. Co-Founder, Jack Hayes says, “Ensuring we’ve selected the right individuals that align with our company culture has been paramount in delivering outstanding, efficient results for our clients that have been crucial in distinguishing our brand.” Their senior management and team of sector specialists have a deep knowledge of market sectors and wider market trends. They’re driven to combat the negative perception of recruitment and to offer outstanding and efficient search services that ensure strong relationships with clients and candidates. Hayes & Partners has a precise approach to sourcing and placing talent. Using proactive sourcing methods, they attract the very best individuals around the world through superior specialisation and rich networks. They aim to assist clients and candidates in finding longstanding positions with efficiency whilst not compromising long-term relationships. This new approach to recruitment led to much early success for Hayes & Partners with 94 successful placements being made in the last 12 months alone. However, as successful as Hayes & Partners is, that’s not to say they haven’t faced their challenges. Jack tells us, “In the beginning, we had no reputation in this competitive recruitment industry. But we persevered and have overcome this challenge by delivering outstanding results for our clients and candidates. Delivering these high quality, efficient results have been crucial in building our brand.” As mentioned, another challenge the firm faces, which they’re determined to overcome, is the often negative perception of the recruitment industry. Currently, recruitment services either have a strong social focus or a performance-based approach. Instead, Hayes & Partners offers a combined approach to recruitment in order to deliver efficient and accurate placements for clients and candidates alike. Additionally, the firm launched back in September 2019, which meant it has had to overcome the challenges presented by COVID-19, but Hayes & Partners saw the positives, with Jack saying, “This made us grateful that we had taken the time to carefully select our team because their resilience and determination ensured our business didn’t deteriorate.” Now we’ve explored how Hayes & Partners has overcome its challenges, what is the most rewarding aspect of working in the legal profession for the firm? Jack shares, “One of the most rewarding aspects is successfully placing an individual. Our job is not to move candidates who are thriving where they are, but rather to assist people who are discontent with their current position. For instance, we recently worked with a senior competition partner who was struggling to grow his business case within a large firm in Brussels. We worked with him closely to identify suitable options within more traditional law firms. “Ultimately, he signed with a well-respected U.S. law firm. We were pleased to learn that since joining, his ability to develop client relationships has significantly increased and he is greatly enjoying his new position. It’s extremely rewarding for us when we accurately place candidates and as such increase their general quality of life.” As Hayes & Partners look towards the future, they’re eager to build on their early success to a larger scale whilst maintaining their core values. Jack comments, “We are very proud of the unique culture we’ve built over the last few years and are determined not to sacrifice our highperformance approach as our business grows.” The firms primary aim is to expand into other market sectors. In the beginning, its expertise was focused on the legal sectors in Germany, but it is currently expanding its specialties into the financial markets and is keen to grow into other areas too. As well as moving into other sectors, Hayes & Partners is looking to increase its presence in other geographical locations to provide a broader market overview for clients and candidates alike. It is also planning to expand its market share within both its existing and potential new markets. W

Legal Elite Awards 2022 | 8 With an exemplary team of sensitive and understanding professionals, processes that promise to eliminate unnecessary confusion, and a dedication to client satisfaction, Khunkhun Law’s family US immigration services have made it an industry cornerstone. Often approached by people who have been faced with long waiting times, highly insensitive processes, and excessive delays, it seeks to show its clients that such things need not be their experience. Instead, it transforms marriage-based immigration into an achievable process that is handled by experts that keep the client in mind. ver the years, Khunkhun Law has proven itself as an expert in family immigration law and an empathic, steadfast partner to its clients. Fundamentally, it has secured notoriety through its helpful and diligent services, wherein a client can contact Khunkhun Law as soon as they have decided to get married, obtaining immediate and actionable information over how the foreign national spouse can obtain a Green Card and move to the United States safely. Oftentimes, Khunkhun Law is approached by clients for whom their Green Card application is a time sensitive issue, though the couple’s plans to get married are thwarted by local clerk’s office delays and bureaucracy. For Khunkhun Law, this simply won’t do, and the team works with the client to circumvent these frustrations. Able to guide them in all things marital immigration law – right from the very first phone call – it serves clients through filing their cases in a manner that is thorough and avoids unnecessary stress. Therefore, in an industry that already can prove both intimidating and stressful, it has made itself a supportive and tenacious partner to its clients, taking a big picture approach to its services in order to treat immigration as a holistic process that it can see through from beginning to end. In this manner, it ensures that a client feels totally supported during the time they are in the care of Khunkhun Law. Once their case is approved, they also inform them on how to maintain their green card, advising on when to apply for renewals and thoroughly demystifying the process. With the CEO and leader of the company, Sharon Khunkhun, already intimately familiar with the stress and anxiety that poor communication in immigration services can cause, she and her staff work hard to ensure that none of Khunkhun Law’s clients receive similar treatment. Instead, it takes great pride in always being available on the other end of the phone, treating each client with respect and dignity, using its already tech-enabled processes to continue to do so even during the height of the pandemic. Unafraid to bring heart and soul into its work, it defies the traditional standard of law in order to retain a human connection, changing lives for the better, with Sharon consistently living up to her title of ‘the love lawyer’ as a result. Company: Khunkhun Law Contact: Sharon Khunkhun Website: Mar22409 Leading Experts in Marriage-Based Immigration Advisory Services 2022, USA O

9 | Legal Elite Awards 2022 Apr22041 Working within a field that is prone to constant changes and fluctuations, Holman Immigration Law has made a name for itself in keeping abreast of all these developments. It manages this through the efforts of its founder – Leslie Holman – and her team, each of whom are empathetic, diligent, and tenacious experts in immigration law and the nitty gritty of border crossing. Critically, it focuses on human connection, working on a personal level with clients and government agencies alike to better the immigration process for all. Immigration Lawyer of the Year (Vermont): Leslie Holman eing a boutique law firm in Burlington, Vermont, Holman Immigration Law has dedicated itself to helping a variety of clients in need of its help to navigate the difficult terrain of immigration legislation. From businesspeople to athletes, individual people, and families, it has made a reputation for itself of operating with diligence, empathy, and respect, as well as a unique ability to observe, understand, and address the daily challenges facing those seeking admission to the US thanks to its proximity to the border. This closeness to the crossing point means that it can easily directly help its clients with their paperwork and details, as well as maintaining positive relationships with local municipal offices. From local government agencies to congressional staff, it understands the importance of keeping each of these offices in good graces so that it can call on them for aid where necessary. Fundamentally, it displays a comprehensive understanding not only of its field, but of its operational region in this manner. In analysing each individual client, their needs, and the difficulties they may face, it can design a personalised immigration plan that will best serve the client’s present – as well as their future – to ensure they can not only cross the border, but find their feet once they’re across. Thus, it works on a close and personal basis with its clients, bucking the trend of overly elongated, convoluted, and jargon-filled norm for immigration in favour of something that respects and values the individuals they seek to help. It also assuages any fears a client may be harbouring regarding working with it by way of constant, consistent, and friendly communication, hoping to take as much of the stress out of the immigration process as possible by simply making a human connection with the client and operating with the utmost decency and respect. With laws, administrations, and social paradigms constantly in flux – both due to national politics and global tumult from the pandemic – it has proved itself repeatedly in using this communication to keep clients up to date. Moreover, its own internal flexibility has allowed it to keep up with and adapt to these changes accordingly. This has gone a long way towards earning it the reputation of an immigration expert that its clients can trust. As something that its staff have worked hard to maintain, its own internal culture of tenacity and truth has ensured it remains a dependable part of the company. As the founder and primary expert behind Holman Law, Leslie Holman herself promises that she will not rest until the necessary reforms have been made in immigration legislation. Since the beginning of her career, she has been making her opinions known on the errors within the system and fighting for positive change, both as a lawyer and in her capacity as a previous President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Nominally, her expertise in legalities, their applications, and modern legislature is truly enviable. Thus, she promises that she and Holman Immigration Law will continue to push the industry in the right direction, as well as maintaining its support of the performing and cultural arts in order to showcase the importance of the voices of people who have experience with immigration in the creation of the modern artistic landscape. Company: Holman Immigration Law Contact: Leslie Holman Website: B Subcribe here: