GPSolo Awards

Solo and Small Firm Awards

About the Award

The ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division’s (GPSolo) Solo and Small Firm Awards, celebrate the accomplishments and efforts of outstanding solo and small firm practitioners, as well as bar leaders and bar associations.

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award 

Recognizes solo and small firm attorneys who are widely accepted by their peers as having significant lifetime distinction, exceptional achievement, and distinction in an exemplary way. The winners will be viewed by other solo and small firm practitioners as epitomizing the ideals of the legal profession and of solo and small firm practitioners.

Solo and Small Firm Project Award 

Rewards bar leaders and associations for their successful implementation of a project or program specifically targeted to solo and small firm lawyers.

Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award 

Recognizes attorneys who have made significant contributions to educating lawyers or law students regarding the opportunities and challenges of a solo and small firm practice.

Past Recipients

2020

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic the Solo and Small Firm Awards were not awarded in 2020.

2019

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Gary L. Anderson, U.S. Department of Justice, Ret., San Antonio, TX
  • Glenn Lau-Kee, Lau-Kee Law Group PLLC, New York, NY

Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award

  • Cynthia Sharp, The Sharper Lawyer, Philadelphia, PA

2018

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Frank X. Neuner, Jr., NeunerPate, Lafayette, LA
  • Neal R. Sonnett, The Law Office of Neal R. Sonnett, P.A., Miami, FL

Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award

  • Ernest Svenson, LawFirmAutopilot.com, New Orleans, LA

2017

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award 

  • Michael P. Hurley, Nelson, Sweet and Hurley, Painesville, OH

Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award 

  • Jeffrey M. Allen, Graves & Allen, Oakland, CA

2016

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Jeffrey M. Allen, Graves & Allen, Oakland, CA
  • Donald D. Slesnick II, Law Offices of Slesnick & Casey, LLP, Coral Gables, FL

Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award

  • Gary P. Bauer, WMU-Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI

2015

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Sherry P. Broder, Law Offices of Sherry P. Broder, Honolulu, HI
  • Leighton K. Oshima, Law Office of Leighton K. Oshima, Honolulu, HI

2014

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Larry Walker, Walker Hulbert Gray & Moore, LLP, Perry, GA

Solo and Small Firm Project Award

  •  State Bar of Nevada, Transitioning into Practice (TIP) Mentoring Program, Gregg Kamer, Las Vegas, NV

Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award

  • “Small Law” MC Law Seminar and Practicum, Mississippi College School of Law, Sheryl Johnson, Jackson, MS

2013

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Llewelyn (Llew) G. Pritchard, Seattle, WA

Solo and Small Firm Project Award

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Small Business Law Center, San Diego, CA

Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award

  • Lynn A. Howell, Gulfport, FL

2012

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Malvern F. King, Jr., Durham, NC.

Solo and Small Firm Project Award

  • Columbus Bar Association, CBA inc Professional Development Program, Columbus, OH

2011

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Sylvester James Jr., Kansas City, MO

Solo and Small Firm Project Award 

  • New York State Bar Association, Building a Successful Solo/Small Firm Practice: Taking Steps to Achieve Success, Albany, NY

2010

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Jeanne T. Tate

Solo and Small Firm Project Award

  • State Bar of Wisconsin & Milwaukee Bar Association Joint Project, Solo and Small Firm Conference

2009

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Seth Rosner, Seth Rosner Law Office, Saratoga Springs, NY

Solo and Small Firm Project Award

  • Philadelphia Bar Association Law Practice Management Division, Sayde J. Ladov, Chancellor, and Amy J. Seefeld, Philadelphia, PA

Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award

  • Alan J. Klevan, Wellesley, MA

2008

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Charles A. White, Jr., Alexandria, VA

2007

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Charles J. Driebe, Jonesboro, GA

Solo and Small Firm Project Award

  • Lake County Bar Association and Lake County Ohio Probate Court, Third Annual Probate and Mental Health Conference, Judge Ted Klammer, Painesville, OH

Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award 

  • Bruce L. Dorner, Londonderry, NH

2006

Donald C. Rikli Solo Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Allen M. Smallwood, Tulsa, OK

Small Firm Practitioner of Merit Award

  • Marvin S.C. Dang, Law Offices of Marvin SC Dang LLLC, Honolulu, HI

Solo and Small Firm Project Award

  • DuPage County Bar Association, William E. Hooper Attorney Resource Center, Keith E. Roberts, Jr., President
  • Missouri Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Committee, Solo and Small Firm Law Student Initiative, Frederick J. Cruse, Chair

2005

Solo of the Year Award

  • Brian T. Hermanson, Ponca City, OK

Solo and Small Firm Project Award

  • Ohio State Bar Association Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section, 2004 Ohio Economics of Law Practice and Law Office Technology Survey 
  • North Carolina Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section and the Law Practice Management Section, North Carolina Small Law Office Resource Manual Fourth Edition (2005)

Solo Practitioner of Merit Award

  • Juan R. Thomas, The Thomas Group, Chicago, IL

Small Firm Practitioner of Merit Award

  • Karen Coolman Amlong, Amlong & Amlong, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • William R. Amlong, Amlong & Amlong, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Cynthia Richardson Wyrick, Ogle, Gass & Richardson, PC, Sevierville, TN

2004

Donald C. Rikli Solo Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Robert L. Ostertag, Poughkeepsie, NY

Solo and Small Firm Project Award

  • The Rich Harris Committee, Turning Out Your Lights: Planning for Closing Your Law Practice, Malvern F. King, Jr., Durham, NC
  • Indian Law Section, WSBA & NIBA, Indian Legal Scholarship Program, Gabriel S. Galanda, Seattle, WA

Annual Bar Leader Award

  • Navneet S. Chugh, Cerritos, CA