Super Lawyers Highlights Top Attorneys in Virginia and West Virginia for 2016

Apr 15, 2016

Eagan, Minn. — Super Lawyers, the Thomson Reuters lawyer rating service, has announced the 2016 Virginia and West Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. These two lists are comprised of outstanding attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes nominations, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

The 2016 Virginia and West Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists are published within:

  • the Virginia and West Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine distributed to more than 23,000 lawyers and the ABA-accredited law school libraries.
  • a special advertising section in Richmond magazine devoted to selected attorneys reaching more than 250,000 readers.
  • the online attorney directory

We would like to congratulate those attorneys that were selected to a 2016 Virginia or West Virginia Super Lawyers Top List, awarded to those who have received the most total points earned during the selection process:

In this issue, we hear from Claire Caldwell with Stone Cardwell and Dinkin, PLC. Her career achievements have been recognized by the Richmond City Council, the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, the Richmond Criminal Bar Association, the Richmond Bar Association, in profiles on WWBT Channel 12, and on the cover of Style magazine.

Perhaps Cardwell's most notorious case occurred in 2007 when she, along with the Federal Public Defender's office, represented Ahmed Salad, a Somali national charged with piracy and quadruple murder.

During the trial, one woman read a letter that her murdered sister had written while being held hostage on the boat. In the letter, she said goodbye and that she had had a good life. While she read, even the judge was crying. At that point, Cardwell worried she had failed and that Salad would be put to death. But the jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict; he received life imprisonment instead.

"People always ask me, 'How can you defend a person who did something like that?'" Cardwell says. "And I'm thinking, 'How can I not?'"

For more information about how we select these top-rated attorneys, go to

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