HOW WE SELECT ATTORNEYS FOR
INCLUSION IN SUPER LAWYERS
& SELECTION PROCESS
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a
rigorous, multiphase process in which
peer nominations and evaluations are
combined with our independent research:
Each year, we invite lawyers to
nominate the top attorneys they've
personally observed in action. Our
attorney-led research staff also
searches for lawyers who have
attained certain honors or results.
EVALUATION OF THE
Our researchers evaluate candidates
by 12 indicators of peer recognition
and professional achievement.
PEER EVALUATION BY
Candidates are grouped according
to their primary practice areas.
Candidates in each practice area
who received the highest point totals
in the steps above are asked to serve
on a review panel.
Candidates are grouped into
categories based on firm size. The
attorneys with the highest totals
from each category are selected.
Thus, lawyers are grouped with other
lawyers of comparable firm size.
One of the persistent misperceptions about
Super Lawyers is that attorneys are simply
“voted” on to the list. While it’s true that we
invite lawyers to nominate their peers, as
you’ll see, this is just a part of what we do
in selecting lawyers for Super Lawyers (and
Rising Stars, our listing of top lawyers who
are 40 years old and younger, or who have
been in practice 10 or fewer years).
Our process has three distinct phases. We
start with the creation of the candidate pool,
which involves peer nominations and our
research. Our research department then
evaluates each candidate. The last step is a
review of the candidates by their peers within
their primary area of practice. Together, these
three steps create a system of checks and
balances that produces a well-rounded list of
attorneys. (A more detailed description of our
process is available at superlawyers.com.)
We evaluate candidates based on
12 indicators of peer recognition and
professional achievement. These include:
verdicts, settlements and transactions;
representative clients; experience; honors and
awards; special licenses and certifications;
position within law firm; bar and other
professional activity; pro bono and community
service; scholarly lectures and writings;
education and employment background; and
other outstanding achievements.
Research evaluations are based on
information gathered from a variety of
sources. Our research department searches
biographies on law firm websites, online
and database sources, legal periodicals, and
any information and evaluations supplied to
us by lawyers at my.superlawyers.com.
There are safeguards built into our system
to ensure that large firms don’t dominate
the list and to detect manipulation of the
process (e.g., reciprocal or orchestrated
nominations). We do not select attorneys
by practice area per se; rather, selected
lawyers report to us their primary area of
practice, and that’s how they are listed in
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & EDI TORIAL
GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK
Did we miss anyone?
Did we include anyone you think
shouldn’t be on the list?
Nominate your peers for next year
Evaluate/comment on lawyers
on this year’s list
Tell us about your practice
Note: The list was finalized as of May 2, 2011. Any updates
to the list (for example, status changes or disqualifying
events) will be reflected on superlawyers.com.
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