How Are Rising Stars℠ Selected?
The nominees undergo the general survey, and in addition, the attorney-led team of researchers assesses the candidates’ credentials. Points are assigned based on a set defined criteria, and the researchers also confirm that the nominated attorneys are properly licensed, have a good reputation with the state licensing agency, and if possible, determine that the candidates do not have a history of disciplinary action that disqualifies them from the evaluation process.
The points are then totaled from the research process and the general survey and the lawyers are ranked by their point tallies. The attorneys with the highest totals are named to the Rising Stars℠ list for their region, and the research team takes into consideration such factors as the size of the firms, their geographic locations, and the practice area to ensure the list is balanced and diverse. This honor is very distinct, as no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in the state are selected for inclusion in this list.