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Ratings Methodology


Information meets guidance in the editorial Avvo Rating. The rating is calculated using a mathematical model that considers elements such as years of experience, board certification, education, disciplinary history, professional achievement, and industry recognition-all factors that are relevant to assessing a lawyer’s qualifications. For more information, see here.

Super Lawyers

Selection for inclusion to the Super Lawyer listing follows a 4-step selection process which is 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. Step one is the creation of the candidate pool where lawyers enter the candidate pool by being formally nominated by a peer; identified by the research department in the “Star Search” process; or informally nominated. The second step includes the evaluation of the lawyers in the candidate pool. Super Lawyers’ research department evaluates each candidate based on these 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement: verdicts and settlements; transactions; representative clients; experience; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; position within law firm; bar and or other professional activity; pro bono and community service as a lawyer; scholarly lectures and writings; education and employment background; and other outstanding achievements. These indicators are not treated equally; some have a higher maximum point value than others. The third step in the selection process is to be evaluated by the attorneys peers by practice area. The final selection for the Super Lawyers list is by grouping candidates into four firm-size categories. Those with the highest point totals from each category are selected.

The National Advocates is an invitation-only national professional organization composed of AMERICA’S PREMIER LAWYERS™. Membership is extended solely to a select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as lawyers practicing in designated areas of law. All members are reconsidered for membership each year but not automatically re-invited annually. https://thenationaladvocates.org/eligibility/