January 30, 2016

Thanks, y'all!

Thanks, y'all!  I am very honored to be named, along with a number of fine lawyers across the state, in Business North Carolina's 2016 "Legal Elite"  as well as in Thompson Reuters' Super Lawyers for 2016.

What is the "Legal Elite"? 

This year I was listed in the "Business" category of the Legal Elite, as well as the "Young Guns" category (which is reserved for young lawyers in any practice area).  Each year, Business North Carolina magazine surveys more than 20,000 North Carolina lawyers by asking the following question: "Whom would you rate among the current best in these categories of law?"   The results are compiled, and fewer than 3% of the lawyers in North Carolina are then named to the list.

What is "Super Lawyers"? Super Lawyers' uses a rigorous method that is intended to create a credible, comprehensive listing of outstanding attorneys in each state.  Super Lawyers compiles its list each year using 
peer nominations from lawyers around the state, peer evaluations, and independent, third-party research.  Each candidate receiving sufficient nominations from across the state is evaluated on 12 criteria of professional achievement.  The selection process for the "Super Lawyers--Rising Stars" list is the same, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.  The idea is that it is very difficult for young lawyers to develop a significant statewide reputation within the first ten years of practice, so a separate process is used for them.  While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent of eligible lawyers are named to the Rising Stars list.

I am so very blessed to have worked with so many exceptional lawyers across North Carolina, and I appreciate each of you who participated in these and similar peer review processes.  I sincerely appreciate your friendship and trust.  I consider it a privilege to be able to recommend several of you for well-deserved recognition, and I am pleased to see some very deserving names on this year's list (although there are several others I wish had also been included but were inexplicably absent from the lists).   May this new year bring each of you the success and recognition you have earned!