Kyle Bachus and Darin Schanker Named 2010 SuperlawyersBachus & Schanker, LLC founders Kyle Bachus and Darin Schanker have been given the commendation of “Superlawyers” for 2010.
This marks the fourth year in a row that Mr. Bachus and Mr. Schanker have received this merit. Only 5% of the lawyers in a state are given the designation of Superlawyer.
The Superlawyer designation and selection process is praised by courts and bar associations across America. To become a Superlawyer, an attorney must pass a rigorous selection process, including:
Nomination of Superlawyer candidates
Attorneys are nominated by their peers across the state. Each nomination carries a point value, and the Superlawyers selection team carefully monitors the process so that no lawyer can “game” the process.
The Superlawyers selection team also seeks out “star candidates” across each state and nominates them based on credentials and honors.
Attorneys can also be nominated, informally, throughout the year by non-peers, such as clients, readers, and attorneys in other states.
Evaluation of candidates for Superlawyer
The nominees are reviewed for 12 key areas of professional achievement: verdicts and settlements; transactions; representative clients; experience; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; position within law firm; bar and or other professional activity; pro bono and community service as a lawyer; scholarly lectures and writings; education and employment background; and other outstanding achievements.
A final stage of the evaluation process involves reviews and ratings from the attorney candidate’s peers (other attorneys).
Only lawyers with the highest points, after the above selection process, are given the designation of Superlawyer. Additionally, Superlawyers selection process ensures each candidate has never been subject to disciplinary or criminal proceedings.
A special master to the New Jersey Supreme Court recently commented on the high standards and ethics of the Superlawyers selection process:
“[The Super Lawyers selection process] is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained high peer recognition, meet ethical standards, and have demonstrated some degree of achievement in their field.”
“It is absolutely clear from this record that [Super Lawyers does] not permit a lawyer to buy one’s way onto the list, nor is there any requirement for the purchase of any product for inclusion in the lists…”