SAN FRANCISCO – Five attorneys from the Robbins Geller firm were recognized by Super Lawyers, an affiliate of Thomson Reuters.
Partners Shawn Williams and Susan Alexander were included
on the Northern California Super Lawyers
2016 list. Partner Daniel Pfefferbaum and associates Amanda Frame and Matthew
Melamed were selected as Rising Stars.
Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished
themselves for their high degree of peer recognition and professional
achievement in their legal practices. Each year, no more than 5 percent of
lawyers are honored as Super Lawyers and 2.5 percent are named as Rising Stars in each
“Because the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists are highly
competitive and respected among lawyers, firms often like to help lawyers
increase their chances of selection,” Super Lawyers publisher Cindy Larson told
the Northern California Record. “The most effective way for firms to assist
attorneys and increase their chances is to provide information about the
lawyer’s practice for our research staff to consider.”
Larson said lawyers may also nominate attorneys in their
own firm for consideration, but these nominations count only if each in-firm
nomination is matched by at least one out-firm nomination, and in-firm
nominations do not carry as much weight as outside recommendations. Lawyers can
also be identified as a candidate and selected with no participation from the
individual or firm.
The Super Lawyers selection process consists
primarily of four steps. The first step is the creation of the candidate pool.
peer nominations from lawyers in the state as well as informal nominations from
readers, clients, marketing directors and attorneys from different states,”
Larson said. “While any nominated attorney is considered, nominations do not
Larson said the research
staff also monitors legal news and searches for lawyers that have attained
certain achievements to discover outstanding lawyers who may have been
overlooked in the nomination process.
Secondly, the Super Lawyers Research
team evaluates each lawyer in the candidate pool based on 12 indicators of peer
recognition and professional. The third step of the selection process is peer
evaluation by practice area. Larson said with
the points totaled from the above steps, the top five percent of all the
lawyers in each state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers list in any
fact is, most consumers will only ever need an attorney once or twice in their
lives, and Super Lawyers is a trusted, vetted source for consumers to find
respected attorneys in their area that meet their legal needs,” Larson said.
Super Lawyers originated in Minnesota more than 20 years ago and has expanded to selection coverage in all 50 states since
then. The Northern California Super Lawyers list was first published in
September 2004; the list has been selected annually every year since then.