Step 1: Nominations. During this step, Lawyers enter the candidate pool by being formally nominated by a peer or identified by the research department during the research process.
Step 2: Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. These indicators include:
- Representative Clients
- Special licenses/certifications
- Position within the law firm
- Bar and/or professional activity
- Pro bono and community service
- Scholarly lectures/writings
- Education/employment background
- Other outstanding achievements
Step 3: Peer evaluation by Practice Area.The candidates in each practice area with the highest point totals from steps one and two are asked to serve on a blue ribbon panel. The panelists are then provided a list of candidates from their practice areas to review, rating them on a scale of one to five.
Step 4: Final Selection. Candidates are grouped into four firm-size categories. Those with the highest point totals from each category are selected. Only 2.5% of attorneys are selected to be named as Rising Stars by Super Lawyers.
Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective of Super Lawyers 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.