Super Lawyers uses a specific, patented process in which they select attorneys like those at KRW Injury Lawyers. The goal of Super Lawyers is to create a legitimate, quality listing of exemplary attorneys that can be placed into a comprehensive list for clients looking for legal counsel.
Along with independent research, a series of fellow peer evaluations and nominations are examined for the selection process. Each year, the Super Lawyers selections are made on a state level. The attorney ratings are limited to those who are legal aid attorneys and those involved in private practice.
There are three main steps in the Super Lawyers selection process:
- Creation of the candidate pool
- The research department evaluates the candidates
- Peer evaluations separated by practice area
1) Creation of the Candidate Pool
In order to be considered a Super Lawyers candidate, the attorney must be formally nominated by a fellow peer, or they must found by the research department. Each year, lawyers from each state are invited to nominate attorneys that they have seen in action. Each in firm nomination must be matched by an outside firm nomination as well. All of the nominations are measured by a point system. The nomination as a candidate simply puts the lawyer on the radar as a candidate, still requiring additional evaluation and research. Even a high number of nominations does not mean that an attorney will be selected as a Super Lawyer.
The Super Lawyers research team investigates attorneys who have achieved specific honors, possess particular credentials, and a high amount of professional competence. This list is reviewed by the research staff via online sources and databases, including publications. Throughout the rest of the year, nominations are received from readers, other attorneys, and clients who are ineligible to formally nominate a lawyer, but they believe that their attorney should be placed in the candidate pool.
2) The Research Department Evaluates The Candidates
There are twelve gages for candidate evaluation, each of which is considered a separate point value from the others.
- scholarly lectures and writings
- education and employment background
- verdicts and settlements
- special licenses and certifications
- bar or other professional activity
- honors and awards
- representative clients
- position within a law firm
- pro bono and community services
- additional outstanding achievements
3) Peer Evaluations Separated By Practice Area
The last, and final, step of the Super Lawyers evaluation is known as the blue ribbon review, where candidates are organized according to their areas of legal practice. The top candidates out of each practice area are invited to serve on a blue ribbon panel. They are given a list of candidates from their same practice area to review and rate on a point system from 1-5.
There are 4 firm size categories into which candidates are grouped. Each candidate with the most points from each category is chosen. For example, small firms are compared to other large firms, and smaller firms are compared to other small firms. The average selection of attorneys who are elected for inclusion in Super Lawyers is around 5%.