New Connecticut Advisory Opinions

The Connecticut Statewide Grievance Committee issued two advisory opinions regarding the Super Lawyers publication this week. You can find them here.

The first thing that Connecticut attorneys should know is that we have fully responded to the Committee's request for additional information regarding the selection process.  On our website, we include the additional empirical information about the Super Lawyers selection process requested by the committee, and our magazine will include a reference to this information.  We also have updated our website to remove language that the Committee found to be "misleading."

The Committee has informed us that these changes are acceptable; see the letter from the Statewide Governmence Committee to our attorney. 

A couple other points:

  • Super Lawyers is dedicated to providing attorneys and sophisticated consumers an independent, credible resource for use in selecting an attorney.
  • We fully agree with the Committee's view that attorneys should not refer to themselves as "super lawyers." We have, and will continue to, advise attorneys they should instead indicate: "they were named or selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list as published by Law & Politics and Connecticut Magazine."
  • We believe the Committee's disclaimer requirement, if applied equally and consistently, will extend far beyond Super Lawyers, and will have a dampening effect on the free flow of qualitative information to Connecticut consumers. Such restrictions place an undue burden on the consumer's right to know, and an attorney's right to communicate his or her professional philosophy, talent and achievements.