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Several Jenner & Block attorneys were recently named to an inaugural list of “Washington, DC Super Lawyers” by the publishers of Law & Politics. The newest legal directory of leading lawyers is a “peer review guide to the top 5 percent of attorneys in DC,” the editors said in a press release.
Partners Paul M. Smith and Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. were included in the Washington, DC Super Lawyers’ Appellate category, while Partner Lorelie S. Masters, who represents policyholders in insurance coverage matters, was named as a top Insurance attorney and Partner Larry P. Ellsworth was listed among the top 10 Securities Litigation attorneys. Messrs. Smith and Verrilli were also listed among “The Top 100 Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2007.”
Published in the March 2007 issue of the Washington, DC Super Lawyers magazine, the list was compiled through a multi-step evaluation process, beginning with a general survey of 35,000 active attorneys in the Washington, DC metro area, asking them to nominate the best attorneys they had personally observed in action. According to the publisher, nominees were scored based on the number of votes they received, with more weight given to votes from outside their own firm.
The nominees’ names were verified and reviewed, the publisher says, by a team of researchers at Law & Politics, the trade publisher and founder of the “Super Lawyers” guides that are now published in about three dozen states, including Illinois and New York. Each candidate was assigned a point total based on a defined evaluation process of the attorneys’ credentials and good standing with the local licensing authority.
The resulting nominees were grouped into more than 50 practice areas, and those with the most points in each area were invited to serve on the “blue ribbon panel.” The panel members further reviewed and assigned points to the list of nominees in their practice area. Candidates were then divided according to firm size, and the top attorneys were named “Super Lawyers.” The list includes private practice attorneys, prosecutors, in-house counsel and public service lawyers.
The list of Jenner & Block Partners to receive this distinction includes:
Listed by Primary Area of Practice
Paul M. Smith
Donald B. Verrilli, Jr.
Lorelie S. Masters
Larry P. Ellsworth