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Rising Stars on Super Lawyers Magazine

Attorneys are selected for inclusion on the Rising Stars and Super Lawyer List on an annual basis. According to Super Lawyers, the selection process uses several different phases including:

  • creation of the candidate pool;
  • peer nominations and evaluations by practice area;
  • evaluation of the candidates by third party research; and
  • professional achievement.

How Many Attorneys are Listed for Super Lawyers / Rising Stars?

Each year Super Lawyers publishes a list of attorneys that represent no more than 5% of the lawyers in that state. Although less than 5% of attorneys are selected each year, each year a different set of attorneys might be selected. After the attorney is selected for inclusion (regardless of the year of selection) that attorney can be found at the Super Lawyer’s directory.

Selection for inclusion in Super Lawyers is limited to attorney who can be retained by the public including attorneys in private practice.

According to Super Lawyers, in 2013 the website received 6.4 million visits. Attorneys must pay for an expanded listing to have a link to their website, a picture, a biography or their phone number listed on their profile.


What is Super Lawyer’s Rising Star List?

The Rising Stars selection process is the same as the Super Lawyer selection process except the attorneys selected for inclusion on the Rising Stars list must be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. According to the Super Lawyers website, only 2.5% of lawyers are selected for inclusion on the Rising Stars list each year in each state.

Attorney Leslie Sammis, a criminal defense attorney, was selected for the Rising Stars list and rated by Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2013.


This article was last updated on Monday, December 2, 2013.

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