Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas throughout the United States. Candidates must first be formally nominated, and then are independently researched based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The third step of the selection process is peer evaluation by practice area, also known as the “blue ribbon review.” The candidates in each practice area with the highest point totals from steps one and two are asked to serve on a blue ribbon panel. Finally, candidates are grouped into four firm-size categories. Those with the highest point totals from each category are selected. Five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.