June 22, 2015 by wilsonneelynyc
Super Lawyers recognizes exceptional legal professionals in more than 70 practice areas through a patented, multiphase selection process. Candidates are ultimately evaluated according to 12 indicators of professional achievement and peer acknowledgment.
During the first step of the process, a candidate pool is created through independent research conducted by the Super Lawyers team and formal nominations from legal peers. While in-firm nominations are acceptable, they must be matched by at least one out-of-firm nomination. Readers, clients, and other professionals can also submit informal nominations.
The second phase involves independent research by the Super Lawyers team on all individuals in the candidate pool. During this phase, the organization rates each candidate according to the 12 performance indicators. The indicators are not weighted equally; some have a higher maximum point value than others.
Peer evaluation according to practice area comprises the third phase. Candidates in each practice area with the best ratings from the second step serve on a panel to review other candidates in their practice area.
In the final step, the top 5 percent of all lawyers in a state are chosen as Super Lawyers.