May 19, 2011 – Eight Burns White attorneys have been selected as either Super Lawyers® or Super Lawyers® Rising Stars by the publishers of Super Lawyers Magazine.
From the firm’s Pittsburgh office, Founding Member David B. White was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® for the eighth consecutive year. Construction Law Practice Group Co-Chair Chad A. Wissinger and Medicare Compliance Practice Group Chair Travis W. Smith were picked as Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” for the third time, while Transportation Group attorney Stephen A. Hall was selected as a “Rising Star” for the second time and Workers’ Compensation Practice Group attorney Melissa S. Danko was honored as a “Rising Star” for the first time. Mr. Wissinger also chairs the firm’s Environmental Practice Group.
In the firm’s West Conshocken, Pa., office, Healthcare and Long-Term Care Practice Group Co-Chair William J. Mundy earned Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® status for the seventh consecutive year and Litigation Practice Group Attorney Angela A. Cronk was named a Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” for the first time.
Patrick S. Casey, head of the firm’s Wheeling, W. Va., office, attained West Virginia Super Lawyer® accolades for the first time.
Super Lawyers® selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The Super Lawyers® selection process involves three basic steps: creation of the candidate pool; evaluation of candidates by the research department; and peer evaluation by practice area. Candidates are grouped into four firm-size categories. Five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® .
The selection process for “Rising Stars” is the same as the Super Lawyers® selection process except that: 1) to be eligible for inclusion in “Rising Stars,” a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less; 2) Candidates for “Rising Stars” do not go through step three above—peer evaluation by practice area. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers®, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the “Rising Stars” list.
For more information, visit www.superlawyers.com.