Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer Edith Pearce has once again been named in Philadelphia Magazine as a “Super Lawyer” in its June 2008 issue. This is the third time Edith has received this honor being voted by her peers as one of the top attorneys in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Edith is one of a select few women solo practitioners selected for this honor in Pennsylvania. In also being a member of MENSA and having received an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating for a lawyer by another independent rating service, Edith’s clients can feel confident they have working for them one of the most highly ranked, smartest and best personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
The selection of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers was conducted by Law and Politics, the publisher of Philadelphia Magazine. Law and Politics recently published its list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and described the process as follows:
Law & Politics strictly adheres to a rigorous selection process directed at casting as wide a net as possible, evaluating quality in the most objective possible terms and verifying and validating all data. Different attorney practice areas are separated out, including: civil rights, first amendment, class actions, mass torts, construction accident litigation, employment law, personal injury defense, personal injury law plaintiff, personal injury general, medical malpractice, products liability, workers’ compensation and many others.
The only way a lawyer can be listed in Super Lawyers and Philadelphia Magazine is through this selection process. The determination of whether a lawyer will be placed on the Super Lawyers list is independent of advertising or any other payments. No other legal publisher identifies qualified candidates by using a multi-step evaluation process that incorporates peer recognition and professional achievement. Law & Politics uses a system of nominations, peer evaluation and internal research, which acts as a system of checks and balances. The resulting product is a diverse and comprehensive listing of outstanding lawyers.
In selecting Edith Pearce as one of the top Pennsylvania and Philadelphia attorneys, Law & Politics invited more than 38,000 Pennsylvania lawyers to participate in the nomination process. Lawyers were asked to nominate the best attorneys they’ve personally observed in action. After the vote was tallied, Law & Politics’ research department also searched for outstanding Pennsylvania lawyers by reviewing national and local periodicals as well as legal trade journals, searching professional databases and online sources, and conducting in-person and telephonic meetings with law firms. Then Law & Politics’ research department examined the background and experience of the attorneys, evaluating indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The factors considered in evaluating candidates were large verdicts and settlements, bar and/or other professional activity, representative clients, pro bono and community service, experience, scholarly lectures and writings, honors and awards, education and employment background, special licenses and certifications, and other outstanding achievements. Law & Politics divided candidates according to their firm size: large, medium and small (size categories vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction), and selected those with the highest point totals from each category. Only 5 percent of the total lawyers in Pennsylvania are listed in Super Lawyers.
While this may not be the only way to choose an attorney, it certainly provides a method for consumers to feel comfortable in selecting a Philadelphia injury attorney such as Edith Pearce and The Pearce Law Firm for their case.