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Rising Stars on Super Lawyers

The Rising Stars selection process is the same as the Super Lawyer selection process except the attorneys 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. But the 2.5% selected can change each year.

Attorney Leslie Sammis, a criminal defense attorney in Tampa, FL, was selected for the Rising Stars list and rated by Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2013. She was selected to the Super Lawyers list in 2019 and 2020.

Although Ms. Sammis earned the designation, she does not advertise on Super Lawyers. If you do not pay money to Super Lawyers for an enhanced listing, then your picture, contact information, website, and biography are not listed there.

Does Being a Rising Star on Super Lawyers mean anything?

Does being named as a rising star on Super Lawyers mean anything? The short answer is “No, not really because so many attorneys are named each year.”

Super Lawyers was created to sell ad space. Although the site is not necessarily a racket or scam, the lawyers on Super Lawyers aren’t necessarily “super.” Even fact, there is no reason to think an attorney on the Super Lawyers list is better than other attorneys, although it might be an indication they pay more for advertising.

How are Attorneys Selected for the Rising Stars List?

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 as 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 attorneys 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.

This article was last updated on Friday, January 29, 2021.

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