How Super Lawyers Makes Its' Selection

Super Lawyers Magazine is a publication that includes the annual Super Lawyers list. This list distinguishes attorneys who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Keller & Keller is proud that its professional staff includes several attorneys that this honor has been bestowed upon over the years.

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How is the Super Lawyer list created?

Law & Politics performs the polling, research and selection for the Super Lawyers publication in a process designed to identify lawyers who are outstanding in their field. Super Lawyers is a comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys, representing a wide range of practice areas, firm sizes and geographic locations. Only 5% of the lawyers in each state or region are given the distinction of Super Lawyers.

Each year Law & Politics sends a ballot to the active lawyers in the state or region who have been in practice five years or more. The ballot asks lawyers to nominate the best attorneys they've personally observed in action. The intent is to discourage votes based purely on reputation. Lawyers may nominate others in their firm, but only if they nominate an equal or greater number of attorneys from other firms.

Each vote a candidate receives carries a point total, with votes from lawyers outside the nominee's firm weighted greater than votes from within the firm.

Law & Politics monitors balloting for indications of manipulation, and eliminates such ballots from consideration.

The nominees are grouped into more than 60 practice areas. Those nominees with the highest point totals from each practice area are invited to serve on the blue ribbon panel. Each blue ribbon panelist reviews and scores a list of nominees from their primary practice area.

How Do They Conduct Research?

Interviews and contacts: Throughout the selection process, Law & Politics meets and corresponds with hundreds of law firms in the state to identify the top lawyers in those firms.

Independent research: The Law & Politics attorney-led research team actively searches for outstanding attorneys to complement the statewide survey of lawyers. The research team evaluates prospective candidates on more than a dozen indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement as a supplement to the balloting and blue ribbon panel review. Civic service and pro bono activities are also considered.

Data verification: Each candidate is contacted to verify the lawyer's professional information, including primary area of practice. No Super Lawyer candidate will be selected unless all information is verified prior to publication.

Good standing review: Law & Politics reviews the discipline record of each candidate and verifies that the lawyer is active and in good standing with the appropriate licensing authority.

Candidates are divided according to firm size and geographic location. Top candidates from each group are selected for the yearly Super Lawyers list. In addition to attorneys in private practice, Super Lawyers include prosecutors, in-house counsel, and public service lawyers.