Are you a Super Lawyer? Should you be a Super Lawyer?

</div class=img_thumbleft>In this week's cover story, Super Lawyers Unmasked, writer Jonathan Kaminsky discusses the controversy surrounding the bestowing of "Super Lawyer" status on someone, and the ways in which this is achieved. An excerpt: "Even in Minnesota, where the list began, Super Lawyers has come under fire. Attorneys—some named to the list, others not—say that the methodology is suspect. They claim that big firms frequently pad their statistics by recruiting lawyers to nominate their colleagues, and that the list is more a measure of a lawyer's networking skills than of courtroom performance. Although Super Lawyers purports to identify the top 5 percent of attorneys in the state, the poll that is a key determinate of who makes the list counts the opinion of less than 10 percent of the state's legal professionals." Is it just a Brooks Brothers beauty pageant or a useful guide for those seeking legal counsel? Check out the story, then let's hear your thoughts.