Simply put, our goal with the Excellence-in-Practice Standard is to give visitors to this website assurance that the lawyers who appear as legal commentators know what they’re talking about. Our Standard is based on the following criteria:

Focus of practice — A hugely important factor. The law is so complex today that we require that lawyers must focus at least half their practice on the are of law they are addressing as a legal commentator.

Experience — We look for at least ten years of experience in the area of practice the lawyer is addressing as a legal commentator (five or more for lawyers 40 years old or younger).

Peer Recognition — Has the lawyer been recognized by a credible rating service such as Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Best Lawyers of America or Chambers? Do they have an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell? Has a peer or collegue enthusiastically recommended the lawyer?

Position in Firm — Is the lawyer a partner, shareholder, practice head, committee or board member, or founder of the firm?

Scholarly Lectures and Writings — Has the lawyer done any Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentations or speeches to business, civic or trade groups on the area of practice she is addressing on ReelLawyers.com? Any scholarly writings in legal or trade journals? Does the lawyer consistently write on this area of law in social media or online?