Many clients searching for an attorney to work with in their local area use resources such as listings and rankings of the best attorneys for specific areas of law. One of the most common is Super Lawyers, which puts together state by state lists and designations across the legal spectrum.
Here, learn more about the Super Lawyers Rising Star honor, what it means, and how it gets awarded. That will give you further clarity into what it means to work with an attorney who has received the designation.
The Rising Star status is awarded by the organization to no more than 2.5 percent of all attorneys in the specified region or state. That offers a very slim total pool of individuals who will receive the designation each year.
Attorneys who get named on this list must first be either formally or informally nominated. They then go through what has become a patented selection process to narrow down the list of candidates. More than a dozen factors are considered and evaluated, incorporating professional achievement, peer recognition, and a range of additional indicators.
After this, there’s still a further round of peer evaluations, known as a Blue Ribbon Review by Super Lawyers. This is what makes the final cut from the remaining candidates the actual individuals who are named Rising Stars.
There are also further qualifications in order to be considered. For instance, Rising Stars must have been in practice for no more than 10 years. Additionally, they must be 40 years old or younger. Both of those separate the Rising Stars from attorneys who are qualified to receive other designations by Super Lawyers.
More of the specifics on the process itself are available to be found on the Super Lawyers website. Ultimately though, if you work with an attorney who’s been named as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, you can rest assured that he or she is considered by Super Lawyers to be among the very top of attorneys in the area.
Also important is that attorneys can’t buy their way onto these lists. While many other “rankings” are little more than paid advertising, with premium positions costing more money, the Super Lawyers Rising Star process is based entirely on the aforementioned nomination, review and evaluation process.
Therefore, it’s an easy way to be confident about who you decide to hire or not, and seeing the designation on an attorney’s website should help clue you in on his or her status.