LOS ANGELES: Congratulations to Mary Der-Parseghian, Esq. principle of Der-Parseghian Law Group selected as one of the Rising Stars of 2011 by Super Lawyers – published in Los Angeles magazine June issue.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
In 1998, Super Lawyers launched Rising Stars in Minnesota to recognize the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state — those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Today, Rising Stars honors attorneys in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
In this first step of their multi-phase selection process, attorneys are invited to nominate the top lawyers they have personally observed in action, whether as opposing counsel, co-counsel, or through other firsthand observation in the courtroom. The intent is to discourage lawyers from nominating others based purely on reputation.
Each nomination carries a point value. Nominations received from lawyers in other firms carry a significantly higher point value than nominations received from lawyers in the same firm.
•In-firm nominations are counted only if an equal or greater number of lawyers outside your firm are nominated.
•You may nominate a maximum of 21 lawyers (this means you are limited to seven in-firm nominations, seven out-firm nominations and seven Rising Star nominations).
•No “campaigning” or soliciting nominations from other lawyers as such nominations may be disregarded and lead to disqualification.
•Base your nominations on first-hand knowledge, rather than reputation-e.g., opposing counsel, co-counsel or someone you have observed in court or during a transaction.
Making the nomination process significantly competitive. Additionally, their attorney-led research staff searches for lawyers who have attained certain honors, results or credentials, which indicate a high degree of peer recognition or professional competence—what we term “Star Search Credentials.” Most of the lawyers we identify in the Star Search process have also been nominated by their peers. Occasionally, however, we find outstanding lawyers who have been overlooked in the nomination process. These “overlooked” attorneys fall into predictable categories. These include: lawyers with national litigation practices who rarely appear in the courts of their home jurisdiction; lawyers in smaller firms or from smaller communities; and lawyers practicing in less visible or highly specialized practice areas.