I am looking for a lawyer and have come across the Super Lawyers website. Should I look for a lawyer who is listed as a Super Lawyer?
Super Lawyers is a relatively new publication to this area. It provides this overview of its selection process:
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. Since Super Lawyers is intended to be used as an aid in selecting a lawyer, we limit the lawyer ratings to those who can be hired and retained by the public, i.e., lawyers in private practice and Legal Aid attorneys.The Super Lawyers selection process involves three basic steps: creation of the candidate pool; evaluation of candidates by the research department; and peer evaluation by practice area.
More detail is available here.
Is it important? Yes, but it is only factor you should consider in deciding which lawyer to hire in personal injury and wrongful death cases or, for that matter, any type of legal problem. As an experienced personal injury attorney, I have been included on this list for years and, in fact, any listed as one of the top 100 lawyers in all practice fields in the state of Tennessee (there are over 18,000 lawyers in the state). Nevertheless, I think there is a lot of other information you should consider before hiring a lawyer.
We have written this article to help you decide who to hire as your lawyer in a personal injury or wrongful death case. We believe that you should review it carefully as you make this important decision.
I write a blog called "Day on Torts" for lawyers and judges that addresses tort law in Tennessee.