Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Both Mike Guajardo and Greg Marks have been selected for this honor over the consecutive past 8 years. Greg Marks first received the award in 2007 and Mike Guajardo in 2009. Neither of these selections happened without hard work. In fact, only 7% of attorneys in Texas receive the honor. With hard work and dedication, both Mike and Greg have proven for many years why they are top-rated catastrophic injury and wrongful death attorneys in the Dallas area. To see Mike or Greg’s profiles on Super Lawyers, visit www.superlawyers.com.
Since Super Lawyers is a nomination and evaluation process by their peers and colleagues both Mike and Greg see Super Lawyers as a tremendous honor. “We were each surprised and humbled to receive this recognition again this year,” said Mike Guajardo, partner. “It is always such an honor when you receive an award that is a recognition from your peers for a job well done, because you just feel like you’re one of them who’s just doing your job, nothing special, until they tell you that you are,” said Greg Marks, partner.
Super Lawyers uses a patented multiphase selection process to select the attorneys who are honored. Independent research is conducted, then it is combined with peer nominations and evaluation. Selections are made annually and on a state-by-state basis. The selection process for Super Lawyers honors is quite extensive. First there are the nominations, which prohibits the attorneys from nominating themselves or campaigning. They are nominated by a managing partner survey, peers, third-party feedback and by the Super Lawyer research team. Then there is independent research, which evaluates candidates on twelve different factors of professional success and peer acknowledgment. The full twelve indicators are listed below:
- Representative clients
- Special licenses/certifications
- Position within law firm
- Bar and/or professional activity
- Pro bono and community service
- Scholarly lectures/writings
- Education/employment background
- Other outstanding achievements
The third step is peer evaluation, and this features the candidates with the highest point totals from the first two steps to appear on what’s called the “Blue Ribbon” panel. Then comes the final selection and announcement.
The organization’s objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. Super Lawyers is intended to be used as an aid in selecting a lawyer. Therefore, they rate only attorneys who can be hired and retained by the public.
The Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and to the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Lawyers are selected to a Super Lawyers list in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The Super Lawyers recognition has been awarded since 1991, where it first started in MN; it expanded to national scope in 2003.