People call me all of the time asking me if there is a rating service for lawyers. The answer is no because it’s subjective and not reliable. I started www.findgreatlawyers.com as a way for the public to know that a lawyer was recommending another attorney.
Of course there are tons of “rating” services for lawyers out there. And many attorneys brag about being selected as a top lawyer. Clients eat that stuff up. The truth is that in most of these rating services are junk and are filled with both great and not so great lawyers. One website lists “rising stars” and I’ve seen some lawyers selected for this four years in a row. Others list almost every lawyer at various firms, as if getting a job at that firm automatically makes you great.
Consider the following e-mail that a lawyer I know received. He sent it around to a bunch of attorneys to brag how great he was considering he received this incredible honor.
Other companies that run these rating services make money by getting selected lawyers to buy advertising in special magazines they run or websites. Chicago Magazine often features some of these top lawyers (and doctors too) and of course makes a ton of money by getting those selected to buy ads.
In my opinion, all of these services are jokes and a lawyer being on these lists or not being on these lists should in no way influence your decision to hire them. There is no official rating service for attorneys and there likely never will be. It’s an impossibility to achieve.
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