The Legal Awards That Really Mean Something with Lawyers

You’ve been in an accident. You know you have a case. But you also know you need to choose the right lawyer to represent you against some tough opposition. Picking that lawyer can be incredibly difficult, since so much rides on their skills. What you need, then, is a way to separate out the best lawyers from the merely good. There are lots of ways to do this, but one of them is to look at the awards each lawyer has won.

Unfortunately, lawyers don’t make this easy for you. Lawyers know that awards matter to prospective clients, so they advertise whatever awards they’ve got. If they’ve won anything in their lives, they’ll put it up on their site to make themselves look more authoritative and prestigious.

Knowing which awards really matter in the legal world can help you see through this subterfuge so that you choose a lawyer that really does stand out for their legal skills. To cut straight to it, there are three big legal awards that will prove you’re working with a great lawyer. Those are:

  • An AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • A 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo
  • Membership as a Super Lawyer

These awards prove a lot, especially when all three are present. They show they are esteemed by colleagues (Martindale-Hubbell ratings come from others in the legal field). It shows they are respected by former clients and have done a good job for them (Avvo measures how clients feel about their lawyers). Meanwhile, Super Lawyers combine both aspects and use outside, independent research, proving that a lawyer is, without a doubt, great at what they do.

Therefore, if you find a lawyer with these three awards, you can rest assured they know what they’re doing when they represent you in your case. These awards are common enough that you can probably find a lawyer that has all three in any metropolitan area, but they are rare and exclusive enough that only the highest quality lawyers ever get all three.

How do you know if your potential lawyer has these three awards? As stated before, lawyers are proud of their awards, and they tend to advertise them clearly. For example, look at the site for the well-awarded Glover Law Firm. They place their awards right up front so that their potential clients know just how good the firm is. The vast majority of law firms will follow this same pattern, or else include their awards under a tab titled “Awards” “Honors” or “Accolades.” If you don’t see these awards when scanning the home page or clicking more than two links, you can be pretty certain they don’t have the awards.

By focusing in on the awards, you can cut out the lawyers that just don’t have the experience or skill to represent you well and be sure you are truly hiring the best.