Christian & Small is pleased to announce 12 partners have been selected for inclusion on the list of 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers, and three more partners were named to the 2016 Mid-South Rising Stars list. Additionally, Managing Partner Deborah Alley Smith was named to the Top 50 2016 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers list, and Smith and Partner Daniel D. Sparks were named to the Top 50 2016 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.
2016 Mid-South SUPER LAWYERS
LaBella S. Alvis – Personal Injury Defense
James B. Carlson – Personal Injury Defense: Products
Thomas W. Christian – Civil Litigation Defense
Edgar M. Elliott, IV – Civil Litigation Defense
John W Johnson, II – Insurance Coverage
Rick D. Norris, Jr. – Personal Injury Defense
Richard F. Ogle – Business Litigation
Deborah Alley Smith – Appellate, Top 50 Alabama Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers
Richard E. Smith – Business Litigation
Daniel D. Sparks – Creditor/Debtor Rights, Top 50 Alabama Super Lawyers
Sharon D. Stuart – Business Litigation
Michael A. Vercher – Civil Litigation Defense
2016 Mid-South RISING STARS
Bradley R. Hightower – Bankruptcy: Business
Jonathan W. Macklem – Business Litigation
Richard M. Thayer – General Litigation