The Lead Counsel Rating was developed in 1997 in order to provide a simple and reliable tool consumers and businesses can use to evaluate an attorney's ability and credibility. Many Lead Counsel Rated attorneys hold official positions in renowned legal organizations and occupy positions on established professional boards. Additionally, many have won awards, authored articles and books, been recognized by their Bar Associations, and have played, and continue to play, important roles in their communities.
In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.
The Lead Counsel Review Board rates every prospective attorney's application. Additionally, we contact every applicant's state bar to make sure the applicant has never been disciplined for unethical behavior.
The Lead Counsel Rating process is taken seriously and relies on attorney applicants and attorney peers to do the same. Furthermore, all rated attorneys must pledge to the following client commitment declaration:
Rated attorneys commit to notifying the Lead Counsel Review Board immediately should any status change in their practices that may influence eligibility.Finally, an annual review of an attorney's qualifications is conducted in order to confirm eligibility. Should an attorney fail to meet any of the qualifications, the Rating is immediately revoked.