Now this being a publication about lawyers and seemingly written by lawyers, there is a section that carefully details in the most specific language available to the English speaking peoples from this or any other world what exactly a Super Lawyer is. Allow me to quote as follows:
First, this is not a popularity contest (as are many of the "top lawyer" lists you see published these days.) We back up our considerable polling and peer evaluation efforts with a detailed research process that evaluates each candidate based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Second, unlike other lists that rely on a one-dimensional methodology, our process includes checks and balances that produce a diverse listing of top lawyers. Third, we have a series of safeguards built into our database, and procedures in place to prevent lawyers from campaigning their way onto the list, or engaging in any sort of "cooperative" voting. We also take steps to ensure that the list is not dominated by lawyers from large firms.
On other words, the only way most of us could afford the services of one of these guys is to vote him (or her) into office. Which somehow we were lucky enough to do.
Now I must tell you that I didn't see John Buchanan, Susan Henderson or Joe Mosca listed amongst those lawyers (real or imagined) chosen to appear in this esteemed publication. But perhaps I am jumping the gun here and I'll just have to wait for next week (or maybe the week after) when my copy of Good Luck To You, Sonny, Lawyers Magazine 2009 shows up in the Mountain Views "Observer."