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July Super Lawyers Magazine Review
As July comes to a close we wanted to recap the editorial subjects for the four magazines released this month: 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine - Rising Stars, 2015 Washington Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015 Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine and...

Super Lawyers Summer Giveaway Recap
Earlier this July Super Lawyers held its first ever social media giveaway. We asked our Facebook community to comment what they believed are the top three traits that exemplify outstanding lawyers, then selected one community member at random and sent...

Bolster Your Presence in the Legal Business Community
Forming a professional network in the legal community is vital to developing new business at your firm. In the last quarter alone, 85%* of attorneys say they have referred clients to other attorneys, with 75%* saying they received referrals back....

A Lawyer Inspired by "To Kill a Mockingbird" Defends the Atticus Finch of "Go Set a Watchman"
Written by Jessica Tam In our 2007 Texas Super Lawyers Magazine, antitrust attorney Allan Van Fleet added his name to the list of lawyers who became lawyers because of the example of Atticus Finch. "I know it's a cliché," he...

A Little Self-Promotion Never Hurt Anybody
Firms are spending more time than ever marketing their services to stand out from their peers. One of the strongest and least expensive ways to increase your firm's visibility is to promote legal achievements and accolades. Chances are you have...

A Look Back at June Super Lawyers Magazine Releases
2015 Florida Super Lawyers Magazine Our inaugural issue of Florida Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Magazine, back in 2006, featured Pedro Martinez-Fraga on the cover. A decade later, we're still going strong. The front cover features Jeffrey Warren who doesn't...

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The Unashamed Progressive
By Susan G. Hauser
2015 Oregon Super Lawyers

Business lawyer Steven Berman works for same-sex marriage, GMO labeling and marijuana legalization; and note the pedigree

I Don’t Know What I’d Do Otherwise

I Don’t Know What I’d Do Otherwise
By Stan Sinberg
2015 Northern California Super Lawyers

An oral history of attorneys who remember wearing fedoras and watch fobs, hopping the “C” train to the office, and triumphantly negotiating a salary of $9,000. A year.

Kathy Portnoy’s Complaint
By Amy Kates
2015 Georgia Super Lawyers

She brought Updike and Mailer to Atlanta, but couldn’t land Philip Roth

Prisoners of Wars
By Aimée Groth
2015 Southern California Rising Stars

From Gitmo to Orange County, Cindy Pánuco fights for inmate rights

My Case, I Rest

My Case, I Rest
By Ross Pfund
2015 South Carolina Super Lawyers

Litigator Steve Farrar of Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greenville speaks about his background in accounting, finding humor in the courtroom, and why his grandkids call him Yoda

Ask Super Lawyers

Does equitable division mean equal division when marital property is divided between spouses in a Georgia divorce?

The first question that many divorcing people have is whether they or their spouse are entitled to half of the marital property. The short answer is …

Answered by R. Scott Berryman, 2 weeks ago

How to choose the best lawyer to handle a traumatic brain injury case in New York?

At, we would like to share a few simple “do’s and don’ts” to apply when selecting a lawyer to represent you or a family …

Answered by Andrew W. Siegel, 2 weeks ago

Can I sue the city of New York for falling into a pothole?

In recent years, New York City's pothole law has changed. Currently, the following rules will apply. The city may be responsible for potholes and …

Answered by Stephan H. Peskin, 2 days ago

Do I need a lawyer for workers compensation case in Florida?

Yes because there are two benefits, and only two benefits, which you receive in a workers' compensation case. You get medical expenses that are …

Answered by Barry A. Stein, 2 weeks ago

What is the difference between being sentenced in state court and federal court in California?

The difference between state and federal criminal prosecutions can be surprising to many people unfamiliar with both systems. Federal sentencing …

Answered by Anthony M. Solis, 2 weeks ago

Super Lawyers Magazine
What is Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

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Advisory Board

The Super Lawyers Advisory Board

Paula A. Barran

Paula A. Barran

Barran Liebman LLP

Labor and employment lawyer Paula Barran is noted for guiding employers in compliance as well as handling litigation, labor disputes and employment arbitrations. She has won recognition from the Portland Business Journal as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, and in April she received a 2014 Client Choice Award, making Barran just one out of two Oregon-based lawyers to receive the award.

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The Selection Process

Super Lawyers Selection Process Patented by The United States Patent and Trademark Office 

In April 2013, the Super Lawyers selection process received a patent (U.S. Pat. No. 8,412,564) from The United States Patent and Trademark Office. This distinction is relevant to both attorneys and consumers, as it further demonstrates credibility as an impartial third-party rating system. 

“We are honored to have a recently granted U.S. patent relating to lawyer-ratings. We take our credibility very seriously, and having a patent assures our customers that we strive to be innovation leaders in our area,” says Julie Gleason, the Director of Research at Super Lawyers. 


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