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I was selected for the Rising Stars list and rated by Super Lawyers in 2012-2013 for DUI, Criminal Defense, and White Collar Crime in Tampa, FL. I was selected to the Super Lawyers list in 2019-2020 for the same categories.

Several years ago, a client told me they wanted to hire me because they knew I was a “Super Lawyer.” This client had printed out a list of the attorneys on that directory back when fewer attorneys were listed.

I proceeded to tell the client all the reasons why this might not be the best way to find an attorney. An attorney selected for inclusion on the Rising Stars or Super Lawyers list isn’t necessarily better or more trustworthy than other attorneys.

People looking to hire an attorney like these kind of directories because they are simple and convenient. Dozens of these directories exist including SuperLawyers.com, BestLawyers.com, Expertise.com, Lawyers.com, and LawyerLegion.

By way of disclosure, I invested in the parent company of LawyerLegion more than 10 years ago and I still own part of the company today. Because of that, I pay attention to online attorney directories.

Although no one should consider the directories to be a scam or racket, it is important to recognize that they are selling ad space.

The Super Lawyers directory contains a list of lawyers sorted by practice areas including DUI, White Collar, and Criminal Defense.

Does Being List on Super Lawyers Mean Anything?

You might wonder, does being selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyer online directory means anything? The short answer is: “No, not really.”

Although only 5% of attorneys are selected each year to be included as a Super Lawyer, a different 5% might be selected each year.

For that reason, hundreds of thousands of lawyers are listed on that directory, although only a small percent pay extra to have an expanded profile or be listed at the top.

As far as I can tell, unless you pay Super Lawyers for an “expanded profile,” your picture, contact information, and biography are not listed there.

Super Lawyers also publishes a variety of lists for:

  • “Tampa Bay Super Lawyers”
  • “Women Florida Super Lawyers”
  • “Top 10: 2020 Florida Super Lawyers”
  • “Top 100: 2020 Florida Super Lawyers”

Read more about the Florida Super Lawyer Rising Stars list.

What is the Selection Process at Super Lawyers?

According to their website, to be included for selection on the Super Lawyers list, the company uses a four step process.

First, they take nominations or create a candidate pool. Attorneys enter the candidate pool by being nominated by a peer or if identified by the research department during the research process.

Second, Super Lawyers conducts “independent research.” Third, Super Lawyers considers “peer evaluation” by practice area. Finally, Super Lawyers makes its final selection.

This article was last updated on Friday, August 14, 2020.

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