Honors & Accolades

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CHRISTENSEN LAW Honors and Awards


We’re pleased to share the recent accolades and honors awarded to our talented team of trial attorneys. Our lawyers work extremely hard, dedicated to the long hours and arduous effort of defending our clients’ rights to be heard and to fair compensation. We’re proud of their efforts and most importantly, how their work benefits our clients, safeguarding their futures and providing for their needs. Well done, team!


2023 DBusiness Top Corporate Culture Awards Finalist

DBusiness 2023

Christensen Law has been named a 2023 DBusiness Top Corporate Culture Awards finalist. DBusiness surveys thousands of employees on a number of important workplace topics. The results of this survey determine finalists among 10 categories, whom will be recognized in DBusiness magazine and awarded at a celebratory event. Winners will be announced at the event on March 1, 2023 at the Daxton Hotel in Birmingham.

Learn more about the Top Corporate Culture Awards here.





Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2023 – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Detroit

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.





Leaders in the Law 2022

Trial attorney Tom Economy was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s (MILW) Leaders in the Law Class of 2022. Lawyers receiving this honor have made outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan and set an example for other attorneys. They have shown tremendous leadership and offer a wealth of expertise in diverse areas of the law. Congratulations, Tom! Learn more about his practice here.






Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” 2023 – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Detroit

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer review assessments. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. Learn more about Sarah here.





Best Lawyers 2023

Trial attorneys Dave Christensen, Sarah Stempky-Kime, and Tom Economy have been included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®! More than 12.2 million votes were analyzed to identify the top legal talent, as identified by their peers. Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing. Our attorneys have all been recognized in Southfield, Michigan in the Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs practice area.




Super Lawyers 2022

Managing Partner and trial attorney, Sarah Stempky-Kime, and trial attorney, Tom Economy have been selected to the 2022 Michigan Super Lawyers list! Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.




Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2022

Trial attorneys Nora Hanna and Dustin Hoff have been selected to the 2022 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list! Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.





Influential Women of Law 2022

Managing Partner Sarah Stempky-Kime was selected to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s (MILW) Influential Women of Law Class of 2022. Attorneys selected to this class have shown commitment to excellence in the practice of law, are inspiring and accomplished leaders, serve as mentors to others, and contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism and/or pro bono initiatives. Join us in congratulating her on this honorable achievement! Learn more about Sarah here.



DAVE CHRISTENSEN Dave Christensen - Christensen Law - 2022 AV Preeminent Rating

The Gold Standard in Attorney Ratings

Congrats go out to Dave Christensen for receiving the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell again for 2022. Only 10% of all US attorneys hold this rating, a designation trusted worldwide by buyers and referrers of legal services. Martindale-Hubbell recognizes lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. Individuals seeking legal counsel, as well as attorneys looking to refer a colleague, use these ratings to identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer. Congratulations, Dave, for your continued commitment to excellence!


Tom Economy Christensen Law Top 100 Civil Plaintiff LawyersTOM ECONOMY

National Trial Lawyers Top 100

An invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys who demonstrate leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards. Top 100 members posses the knowledge, skill, experience, and success held by only the finest lawyers in the US.


DEBORAH TONELLIDeb Tonelli- Christensen Law - Women in the Law 2021

Women in the Law 2021

Deb recently received top accolades, selected as a member of the 2021 class of MILW’s Women in the Law. This award recognizes women who have made a commitment to excellence in the practice of law, are inspiring and accomplished leaders, serve as mentors to others, and contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism and/or pro bono initiatives. Congratulations, Deb! Read more about Deb here.




Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2021

Dustin’s commitment to his clients and successful work at trial has again resulted in being lauded as a Rising Star for 2021 by Super Lawyers. He has personally handled hundreds of cases during the pandemic year, and continues to work with trial partners Tom and Dave on major cases in 2021.





Once again, Sarah has been recognized and named to the 2021 class of Super Lawyers in the state of Michigan. Sarah continues to be recognized as a top-performing trial attorney, one of few women who have achieved the distinction. Read more about Sarah here.




Super Lawyers recognized Tom Economy for excellence in the profession. A highly experienced trial attorney, Tom has won numerous successful verdicts for his clients, ensuring their futures are safeguarded. Read more about Tom here.




Christensen Law's Dustin Hoff Named to MILW Up & Coming Class of 2021


On May 3rd, Michigan Lawyers Weekly named Dustin Hoff to the Up & Coming Lawyers Class of 2021. This program honors Michigan lawyers who have established a name for themselves by displaying the ambition, drive, and accomplishments that set them apart from their peers in their first 10 years in practice.  The virtual recognition awards ceremony will honor the Class of 2021 on June 10, 2021.  Watch the online award program here.


DAVID CHRISTENSEN David Christensen Wins Hall of Fame Awaed 2021

On April 13th, Dave was inducted into the 2021 Hall of Fame by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

This special award recognizes esteemed members of the legal profession who have been in practice for at least 30 years or have reached the age of 60 or older. These lawyers truly are legends, making their mark in the courtroom or the boardroom, in their firms and with community organizations, and with local, state, and national bar associations. With their guidance and mentorship, they have launched hundreds of thriving legal careers and have left an indelible imprint on the profession through precedent-setting cases, high-dollar outcomes, and successful resolutions for their clients. Read why Dave was selected here.

Christensen Law Sarah Stempky Kime wins top award 2021



Managing Attorney, Sarah Stempky-Kime, was also recently lauded by Lawyers of Distinction, named to their Top Rated Lawyers of 2021 (Michigan).  Sarah is a highly respected and successful trial attorney, who approaches every case with compassion. Learn more about Sarah here.


Christensen Law Dustin Hoff Rising Star 2021



Attorney Dustin Hoff was once again named by Super Lawyers to its 2021 Rising Stars list. Dustin has an impressive track record of positive outcomes in both settlements and jury trials for our clients.  Read more about Dustin here.