Christian & Small is pleased to announce 11 partners have been selected for inclusion on the list of 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers, and two more partners were named to the 2017 Mid-South Rising Stars list.
Also in 2017, Partners LaBella S. Alvis, Thomas W. Christian, Edgar M. Elliott IV, Deborah Alley Smith and Richard E. Smith achieved 10 years of Super Lawyers rankings. Additionally, Managing Partner Deborah Alley Smith and Partners LaBella S. Alvis and Sharon D. Stuart were named to the 2017 Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers List, and Partner Daniel D. Sparks was named to the 2017 Top 50 Alabama Super Lawyers list.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, 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 annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The Rising Stars list is developed using the same selection process, however candidates must be either 40 years old or younger and in practice for 10 or fewer years.
All attorneys first go through the Super Lawyers selection process. Those who are not selected to the Super Lawyers list, but who meet either one of the Rising Stars eligibility requirements, go through the Rising Stars selection process. While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.
2017 Mid-South SUPER LAWYERS
LaBella S. Alvis – Personal Injury Defense (10 years); Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers
James B. Carlson – Personal Injury Defense: Products
Thomas W. Christian – Civil Litigation Defense (10 years)
Edgar M. Elliott, IV – Civil Litigation Defense (10 years)
John W Johnson, II – Insurance Coverage
Rick D. Norris, Jr. – Personal Injury Defense
Deborah Alley Smith – Appellate (10 years); Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers
Richard E. Smith – Business Litigation (10 years)
Daniel D. Sparks – Creditor/Debtor Rights; Top 50 Alabama Super Lawyers
Sharon D. Stuart – Business Litigation; Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers
Michael A. Vercher – Civil Litigation Defense
2017 Mid-South RISING STARS
Bradley R. Hightower – Bankruptcy: Business
Jonathan W. Macklem – Business Litigation