Inside Super Lawyers Blog

From the Vault -- Defending Timothy McVeigh

The inaugural edition of Oklahoma Super Lawyers magazine in 2006 featured an auspicious attorney: Stephen Jones of Jones, Otjen & Davis in Enik, Okla.-the man who defended Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Jones gave us an in-depth look at the closely watched case-and into the thought process of a terrorist. An excerpt:

A Nod To Community Service On "Love Your Lawyer Day"

On last year's "Love Your Lawyer Day," we asked attorneys why they chose to become lawyers. After all, the legal realm can be a challenging field, and it certainly isn't for everyone. In the responses we received, we saw two significant trends emerge.

Getting The Most Out Of That Social Post

So, you've been selected to a Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list. Congratulations, at the end of the day only 5 percent of attorneys are selected to the Super Lawyers list with another 2.5 percent selected to the Rising Stars list in each state. Last week we talked about sharing your accomplishments on social media. Now, let's take it a step further and make sure your posts are getting in front of the largest audience possible. After the high fives and handshakes, here are four applicable steps to help spread the word.

Getting Social With Your Selection

Legal consumers, especially millennials, are searching for you on social media. According to a recent FindLaw study, 37 percent of millennials, and 20 percent of general legal consumers are incorporating social media into their search for a lawyer. If you aren't there, these clients will go to a firm that is.

From the Vault -- Ted Wells in the Courtroom

Ted Wells is no stranger to headlines. Those come with the territory when the NFL has you on speed dial as their must-trusted investigator into the football world's top scandals. But long before Wells was preparing reports on Tom Brady's deflated footballs or the culture of bullying in NFL locker rooms, the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison partner appeared on the cover of the inaugural issue of New York Metro Super Lawyers in 2006. In a wide-ranging profile, we took an in-depth look at some of Wells' biggest courtroom victories on behalf of clients connected to, among others, Presidents Reagan and Clinton. An excerpt:

How Will you Prove You're the "Best of the Best"?

There's a preconceived notion out there that attorneys fashion a high opinion of themselves. Whether it's the law school they attended or their win/loss record in cases, the stigma exists. Interestingly enough, in a recent Thomson Reuters study, attorneys in small law firms ranked being "the best of the best" third out of 14 priorities when it came to goals that were most important to them.

Super Lawyers in the News: Top Listers, Pro Bono Work and Central Park

When it comes to being selected to a Super Lawyers list we evaluate attorneys based on 12 indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition. One of the ways our research team goes about finding information on nominated attorneys is sifting through press clippings in scholarly journals and industry-specific magazines. In September alone we had a number of our selected attorneys make headlines. We invite you to learn a bit more about them below.

From the Vault ― Courtroom Alchemy with Dick DeGuerin

Texas legal legend Dick DeGuerin is known nationwide for representing clients like Tom DeLay, David Koresh and Robert Durst. After first profiling DeGuerin in 2007, we caught up with him again in the 2015 issue of Texas Super Lawyers, as he was continuing to represent Durst in the wake of the HBO documentary series The Jinx. An excerpt:

Reach a Network Who is Looking For Attorneys Like You

Super Lawyers Business Edition is a trusted legal resource for small and medium-sized businesses needing quality legal counsel. This directory makes it easy for selectees to connect with potential clients and referring attorneys on a local and national scale by putting your name in the hands of key decision-makers responsible for legal hiring.