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If you need a lawyer, Super Lawyers, a
Thomson Reuters Service, is a handy
resource. We’ve designed Super Lawyers
to provide you with information that
will help you begin your search for legal
counsel or check on a lawyer who’s
been recommended to you.
The objective is to create a credible,
comprehensive and diverse listing of
outstanding attorneys that can be used as
a resource for attorneys and consumers
searching for legal counsel. Since Super
Lawyers is intended to be used as an aid
in selecting a lawyer, we limit the lawyer
ratings to those who can be hired and
retained by the public, i.e., lawyers in
private practice and Legal Aid attorneys.
In creating Super Lawyers (and Rising
Stars, our listing of top attorneys who
are 40 years old and younger or who
have been in practice 10 years or less),
we perform the type of due diligence
that a highly motivated and informed
consumer would undertake if he or she
had an abundance of time, energy and
resources—the very things that are in
short supply in most people’s lives. Super
Lawyers does the footwork for you, and
presents you with a list of outstanding
lawyers in more than 70 areas of practice.
First, we ask lawyers across the state
to name the top attorneys they’ve
personally observed in action. We
also perform our own research to find
outstanding attorneys who may have
been overlooked by their peers. Once we
have our candidate pool assembled, we
assess the background, credentials and
experience of each lawyer. Specifically, we
look at 12 indicators of peer recognition
and professional achievement—things
like experience, verdicts and settlements,
transactions, clients, honors and awards.
The lawyers are then evaluated by
a blue ribbon panel of peers within
their primary area of practice. Before
final selections are made, we divide the
lawyers by firm size and choose the top
lawyers from each group until we have
a list that represents 5 percent of the
lawyers in the state (Rising Stars lists
are limited to 2.5 percent). This ensures
that you have options from all types of
law firms—large, medium and small.
Finally, we check the discipline record
of each lawyer prior to publication. For a
more detailed description of the selection
process, visit superlawyers.com.
So how do you use Super Lawyers?
We list the lawyers by practice area.
Find the practice area that pertains to
your particular legal needs. Lawyers
listed in red have purchased profiles
that are located on the indicated page.
The profiles provide you with useful
information about a lawyer’s background,
experience and credentials.
You can also search Super Lawyers
online by practice area and location at
superlawyers.com. This section can be
a great resource for you, but remember:
Super Lawyers is a tool to help you search
for a lawyer, but it is not a substitute for
doing your own homework. Do not rely
exclusively on this, or any other list in
A final word: You may wonder whether
lawyers pay to be included. The simple
and unequivocal answer is no. Lawyers do
not and cannot pay to be included, and
advertising has no bearing on selection to
the list (in fact, ads are not sold until after
final selections are made).
We hope you find Super Lawyers
helpful. If you have any suggestions
on how we might make this section or
our website more useful, or if you want
to recommend a lawyer for inclusion,
contact our research department at
Note: The list was finalized as of March 23, 2012.
Any updates to the list (for example, status
changes or disqualifying events) will be reflected
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