2009 got off to a really nice start in the law offices of Stephen M. Ozcomert, P.C. of Atlanta, Georgia, with notification that he had been named to the 2009 Georgia Super Lawyers List.
Being named to the Super Lawyers list is quite the accomplishment, as nominees are selected by peer recognition and according to their professional achievements. This naming is a feather in a lawyer’s cap, and Ozcomert certainly lives up to his reputation amongst his peers.
Of interest is the fact that every year a nationwide survey of all lawyers in practice for at least five years is tapped to participate in the Super Lawyer Selection process. This is the initial selection pool, and that’s no small pool, as there are over 800,000 lawyers nationwide who participate in the survey and nomination process.
Part of the process is that those being surveyed are asked to nominate the best attorneys they’ve personally seen in action. “I am very honored to be nominated a Super Lawyer for the second time – the first in 2008 and now, for 2009,” said Ozcomert. Only 5% of the attorneys in Georgia are named as Super Lawyers.
While the general public may think the books are cooked by having lawyers select other lawyers for awards, nothing could be further from the truth. The selection of Georgia Super Lawyers is painstaking and carefully monitored. “Lawyers cannot nominate themselves and each nomination carries a certain point value,” explained Ozcomert.
The data base that tracks all the nominations is smart enough to know if there are lawyers nominating each other or if there are block nominations where attorneys at the same firm all vote for the same person. The candidate pool is made even richer by the addition of wild card names selected as the result of Super Lawyers “Star Search.” Star Search is a compilation of lawyers who have worked to achieve various honors or credentials that indicate a high level of peer recognition/professional competence.
“This is actually quite the rigorous procedure and being nominated is quite humbling and yet exhilarating at the same time,” added Ozcomert.