Examining our Selection Process - Creation of the Candidate Pool

Last month we took a look at some of the myths associated with our selection process and we debunked many of their claims. Now we're taking a deeper approach to educate consumers and attorneys on the ins and outs of how we compile our lists in a three-part blog series. Today we are talking about the first part of our selection process: creation of the candidate pool and nominations.

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Nominations help us build the candidate pool for consideration. Receiving a nomination ensures that a lawyer is considered as part of the selection process for a year. No matter how many nominations one receives, it will not guarantee selection.

For each state, we invite lawyers once a year to nominate the top attorneys they've personally observed in action. Lawyers may nominate attorneys in their own firm, but these nominations count only if each in-firm nomination is matched by at least one out-firm nomination. Any attorney actively licensed and practicing in the state can submit nominations by logging in at https://my.superlawyers.com/

Lawyers cannot nominate themselves, and must limit their nominations to other practicing in the same state. Although, to provide feedback on lawyers in other states for consideration, one may login at https://my.superlawyers.com/ and click on the feedback tab. We also prohibit lawyers from engaging in "campaigning" or solicitation of nominations from other lawyers. Such nominations can be discounted or even lead to disqualification. For your best chance of selection, we suggest that you avoid asking others to nominate.

Lastly all nominations are confidential. We cannot disclose who submitted nominations, who received nominations, or how many a lawyer received.

Nominations are not the only way attorneys enter the pool for consideration. To increase your chances of selection and ensure you are considered, we encourage you to update the ABOUT section of your profile at https://my.superlawyers.com/. The ABOUT section has the specific indicators on which we evaluate, and you may add any information in these categories that you would like us to consider. We would also suggest that you be as specific as possible and only include the most recent information, limiting your submissions to achievements from the last five years. You may also send anything you would like us to consider to sl-research@thomsonreuters.com

Be on the lookout next month when we tackle step two in the selection process which is independent research. For more information on the selection process, visit http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html