Super Lawyers is a highly selective distinction awarded to legal professionals based on peer evaluations and professional accomplishments. A lawyer can only receive this ranking by being nominated by their peers or if research conducted by the Super Lawyers team identifies them as being worthy of such a distinction. Once nominated, candidates are evaluated on twelve factors, including experience, honors and awards, and pro bono or firm work. After nomination and evaluation, those who are ranked the highest are asked to rank the other candidates. Finally, all lawyers are grouped into one of four firm sizes and compared to others practicing under similar conditions. Of these groups, the top 5% in each are given the Super Lawyers distinction.