Hiring a Lawyer
What Makes a Super Lawyer?
Attorney Mark Thiessen has been awarded, for the second time in his career, with the Super Lawyer recognition by his contemporaries. This is one of the most prestigious honors an attorney may receive and reflects Thiessen’s commitment to constantly improving the quality of his legal services. Typically awarded to legal professionals over the age of 40 or in practice for more than 10 years, Thiessen is one of the youngest lawyers to have received the award two years in a row.
When considering who to hire as your attorney for your case, your best bet is to go with a Super Lawyer. Here’s why!
Qualities of a Super Lawyer
Only about five percent of lawyers per state are considered Super Lawyers. Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers are nominated by their peers for their standout achievements in the legal field and undergo a patented selection process from there. The success of each nominee’s career is then researched using 12 different indicators, including track records, reputation, dedication to skill set building and other criteria.
Super Lawyers represent the best of the best in over 70 legal practice areas. A Super Lawyer provides services above and beyond what is expected to ensure the best interests of his or her clients. This oftentimes involves taking more classes than Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requires and developing a strong, interdisciplinary knowledge base. For example, Thiessen recently completed the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist program to learn how to better gather and test lab evidence for courtroom use.
Hiring an Attorney
If you want to make sure you work with an attorney who actually wants to work for you rather than just for your money, you’ll have to do some research. Don’t just take the first seemingly good deal that presents itself. You might permanently compromise your verdict.
The following strategies should help you find the right lawyer to meet your needs:
- Ask family and friends for their recommendations
- Read online reviews
- Check Martindale ratings (please note that rankings range from A to C)
- Check AVOO ratings (please note that rankings are on a 1-10 scale)
- Search the local bar association’s listings
- Read up on whether or not they’ve been going above and beyond when it comes to CLE
- Read up on their recent awards and honors, such as Super Lawyer recognition
- Make sure the firm’s size is proportionate to your needs
- Make sure the terms of payment are clear and work with your budget
- Make sure the attorney has experience with your type of case
Find an attorney who will fight to make sure your needs are all met throughout the legal process. The ones who work tirelessly to build their skill sets to best serve you will prove to be your best investment.
Texas Super Lawyer Mark Thiessen
Mark Thiessen has been awarded with both Super Lawyer and Rising Star recognition by his contemporaries and by Thomson Reuters. In addition, he has received certification by the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) as a Forensic Lawyer-Scientist, dedicated to applying scientific principles to the evidence gathering and presenting process. He works tirelessly for clients to ensure they receive the justice they deserve. Need a Super Lawyer? Request your free consultation today.