MAJ, MDTC announce 2011 Respected Advocate Award recipients

Two workers’ comp attorneys — Muskegon-based Thomas J. Evans and Flint-based Paul Lazar — have been announced as recipients of the 2011 Respected Advocate Award.

Every year, the Michigan Association for Justice and Michigan Defense Trial Counsel recognize someone from the opposing side with the award, “in recognition of their superb skills as courtroom adversaries, whose civility and decorum distinguishes them as outstanding advocates on behalf of their clients.”

Criteria for consideration is a “history of success in civil litigation matters, unfailing adherence to the highest standards of ethics and candor in dealing with the court and with counsel, and the respect and admiration of counsel on the opposing side of the bar.”

Evans is president at Evans Portenga, P.C., and, besides plaintiff’s side workers’ comp, also specializes in personal injury and Social Security disability.

Lazar is a principal at Hanba & Lazar, P.C., specializing in defense side workers’ comp and business-related law.

The 2011 Respected Advocate Awards will be presented at the State Bar of Michigan awards banquet on Wednesday, Sept. 14, as part of the annual SBM meeting.

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