History of FOCIS - The Inner Circle
The Inner Circle of Advocates was conceived by Tucson, Arizona Attorney Richard Grand on May 24, 1972 when he decided there was a need for an organization made up of the most skilled plaintiffs attorneys to share information about their work. Richard created the logo, which represents a seven figure verdict of $1 million or more. He decided that at least one million dollar verdict and the completion of fifty personal injury cases were the threshold for membership.
Richard made contact with lawyers around the country who appeared to be qualified. The first meeting was held on June 26, 1972 in San Francisco and eleven lawyers showed up. They all sat at a round table and began an exchange of questions and ideas. This became the first Inner Circle round table session. By the end of 1972 membership had grown to twenty members. Within a short time membership reached the maximum level and remained at full capacity to this date. Richard points out that:
"My goal was an organization of highly experienced plaintiffs attorneys who were willing to share information about experts, techniques and whatever it took to be a great trial lawyer. I think this goal has been consistently achieved since the organization was created."
Tucson's Law Offices of Richard D. Grand
Richard D. Grand has long been one of the most prominent plaintiffs' attorneys in Arizona, with 95 verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more. Of his 19 seven-figure verdicts, his first, for $3.5 million in 1971, was the third million dollar verdict nationally for an injury to a single plaintiff. His largest recovery was a $10 million cash settlement in a medical-malpractice action.
A group of personal injury lawyers recognised the achievements of Mr Grand in the US, and in 1997.formed and organization similar to the Inner Circle. They invited Stewarts Solicitors London, who is still a member.
Richard Grand Society
Following an interview in the Gazette in February 1997, when asked if he was interested in setting up an equivalent society in the United Kingdom, he was contacted by John Cahill of Stewarts Law LLP. As a result the Richard Grand Society was formed. The Richard Grand Society was a highly exclusive club of personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Lawyers.
In 2007 the members of the RGS in the UK agreed to rebrand as the Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors, incorporating the Richard Grand Society and retaining Richard Grand as President.
Membership of the group, modeled on the US's Inner Circle of Advocates founded by Richard Grand, is capped at 50, and is dependent on practitioners being ten-years qualified and achieving pre-eminence in their field. In 1998, it dropped a requirement that members need to have recovered at least £5 million in a minimum of five PI or clinical negligence cases to qualify to join. To view the constitution, as amended on 6 June 2007, please click here.