Rising Star

Richard Rusak

Richard Rusak this past year was selected as a “Rising Star”. In 1998, the publishers of Law & Politics and Super Lawyers launched Rising Stars to recognize the top up-and-coming attorneys (those younger than 40 or have been practicing less than 10 year) in each state. Like Super Lawyers, Rising Stars are attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals in a rigorous multiphase process considering a wide range of objective indicators including peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the state are named to the list. The Rising Star list is also published as a special supplement in leading newspapers and city and regional magazines across the country.

The Selection Process

The Rising Star employs a two-stage selection procedure consisting of a general survey of practicing lawyers and research process.

The General Survey

In the general survey, practicing attorneys are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. These attorneys are instructed to nominate lawyers they have personally observed in action — whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through other firsthand courtroom observation.

The Research Process

In addition to the general survey, the attorney-led research team reviews the credentials of potential candidates and assigns points based on a set of defined evaluation criteria. The research staff also confirms that nominees are properly licensed, in good standing with the state licensing agency, and, when possible, that they have no history of disciplinary action that would warrant removal from the list.

The Final Selection Process

The point totals from the general survey and research process are then added to arrive at a final tally. The lawyers are ranked by point totals and those with the highest point totals are named to the Rising Stars list.

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