Posts tagged "Super Lawyers"

Take Your Directory Listing to the Next Level

Spring has sprung. Well, actually winter is holding a little longer than expected in many parts of the United States. But that doesn't mean you can't find ways to send your law firm's business into full bloom.

Your Marketing Is Bigger Than You Think

Working in a small town shouldn't shrink your thinking. You've been chosen as one of the top 5% of lawyers in your region as a Super Lawyers selectee, or one of the top 2.5% of attorneys as a Rising Stars selectee. There's nothing small-time about that.

Susan S. Brewer, Steptoe & Johnson's CEO, on Courtroom Style and Women's Progress in Law

In the upcoming July issue of Virginia Super Lawyers, we'll feature a story on Susan Brewer, CEO of Steptoe & Johnson. She's the first woman to lead a major West Virginia firm, and while we offer a look at that role in her story, below are a few more nuggets from her interview that didn't make it in.

Happy Anniversary Super Lawyers & Thomson Reuters

This week, Super Lawyers marks our one year anniversary with Thomson Reuters. It's been a great year indeed, and it's been an honor to tell the stories of amazing attorneys from a platform that continues to grow with the help of Thomson Reuters, FindLaw and Hubbard. As a twenty-year member of the Thomson Reuters family via West Publishing, I feel as if Super Lawyers is really at home here. Our motto at West was to provide "better service to the bench and bar," and of course, Thomson Reuters Trust Principles reinforce what Super Lawyers has always stood for -- freedom from bias and dissemination of information. At Super Lawyers, we name the attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice, as evidenced by their nomination by peers and the findings of our independent research team. You can't buy your way onto our list or into our editorial. We disseminate our lists widely so that consumers who need an attorney can use them as input to their important hiring decision. And we surround the lists with editorial that tells the stories of these attorneys who set the bar as jurists, community members and people. It's been a great year for Super Lawyers and I have no doubt 2011 will be even better.

It's better to be nice than right

Lately I've been traveling the country to meet with attorneys who have been selected to the Super Lawyers list. I've assembled an advisory board, which will be announced in the near future, of lawyers from all firm sizes who are perennially on a Super Lawyers top list in their states. There is something universal about these highly successful and effective practitioners. They are nice. And engaging. And responsive. Our editorial team has found that "the bigger the wig the more gracious they are." Indeed, one attorney told me of a plaque that he keeps on his desk that reads, "It's better to be nice than right." Of course he can say that because he usually wins, but by all outward accounts these are not just words but a way of life.

John S. Johnston speaks for 30,000 Missouri lawyers

Personal injury attorney John S. Johnston of Kansas City, Mo., is no stranger to being called Mr. Prez. In 1998 he was president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. In 2003, he took the top role at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation. And now he's gone statewide.

Sean Summers and the clash between free speech and basic human needs

When Rev. Fred Phelps and members of his Westboro Baptist Church picketed a U.S. Marine's funeral in Maryland in 2006, with signs reading, "You're going to hell," "Thank God for dead soldiers," and "America is doomed," it didn't take long for the story to spread across the nation. The father of the soldier, Albert Snyder, who lives in York, Pennsylvania, sued, and today arguments for Snyder v. Phelps will be presented in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, which is tasked with deciding whether Phelps can claim freedom of speech protections for his actions.