September 24, 2017

Rick Mitchell: Included in 2010 Super Lawyers

Each year Super Lawyers magazine names attorneys in each state in 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Nevertheless, they included me in their listing for the third year running.

I probably would have named it something besides Super Lawyers, but since the selection process has been blessed by courts and bar associations, I’ll just humbly accept the honor and not grouse about the details.

How Super Lawyers decides

After a three-step nomination and screening process, Super Lawyers magazine chooses honorees on an annual, state-by-state basis. The research team undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. Only five percent of the total lawyers in the state are included in Super Lawyers.

What’s it mean that I’m on the list?

Super Lawyers is intended to be a resource to help in the selection of legal counsel. As such, it limits the list to attorneys who can be hired and retained by the public, i.e., lawyers in private practice and Legal Aid attorneys.  The magazine makes a  comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained high peer recognition, meet ethical standards, and have demonstrated some degree of achievement in their field. The Super Lawyers site is searchable by state and practice area.

All that being said, if you need to hire an attorney,  do your own homework