I have received a number of national recognitions:
According to Best Lawyers in America, I was selected “based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey” of confidential evaluations by other attorneys. The publication The American Lawyer describes Best Lawyers in America as “the most respected referral list of attorneys.”
According to U. S. News & World Report, this ranking is based on “a combination of your clients’ impressive feedback, the high regard that lawyers in other firms in the same practice area have for your firm, and the information that you provided us in response to the law firm survey that we sent you.”
According to Super Lawyers, this is based on a statement nomination process, review of my credentials, and the evaluation of my peers. Only five percent of the attorneys in South Dakota are named as a Super Lawyer.
This certification required thousands of hours of training, supervision, and experience, and passing a written and a practical examination. No other lawyer in South Dakota has this certification. I hope it makes me more sensitive to others’ thoughts and feelings.
Some companies sell “national recognitions” to lawyers. These “national recognitions” aren’t worth the paper they are printed on. I have never paid a cent for any recognition of any kind, national or otherwise.