SRC's Tom Crisham Named One of Top 100 Illinois

Peer review can be unforgiving—tough, honest, no holds barred. For these reasons, peer review is among the most reliable means by which to select an attorney and a veritable honor for those who receive their peers' recommendation. Case in point: the magazine Law & Politics recently named Thomas M. Crisham one of the lawyers who received the highest point totals in its "Super Lawyers" selection process, thereby qualifying him as one the top 100 Super Lawyers in the state of Illinois.

Through attorney-driven research and independent polling, Law & Politics chooses Super Lawyers in numerous states, never exceeding five percent of practicing attorneys in any one state. In 2009, for example, 12 SRC attorneys earned the Super Lawyer designation. Only lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement are named Super Lawyers, explains its website, Attorneys so named can take pride in knowing that peers who observed them in court or across a conference table steered them to this distinction. "Lawyers may nominate attorneys in their own firm, but these nominations count only if each in-firm nomination is matched by at least one out-firm nomination." In this point-based system, votes earned outside a nominee's law firm carry more weight than votes acquired within.

Joining Law & Politics as another of the legal industry's most credible organizations performing peer review is the Leading Lawyers Network, which conducts a highly respected form of professional evaluation. "Only lawyers who were most often recommended by their peers in our statewide surveys are listed on," explains this website, a division of the venerable Law Bulletin Publishing Company, whose Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, established in 1854, was the nation's first newspaper devoted to court coverage exclusively. Thousands of attorneys throughout Illinois respond to each survey, which includes a critical question: "If a member or friend needs legal help and you can't take the case, which lawyers would you recommend within your area of law or geographic region?" A compelling component in the process is this: "peers recommend peers" - citing not coworkers, not themselves, only their competitors.

As with Super Lawyers, selection of Leading Lawyers in Illinois never exceeds more than five percent of the total number of attorneys practicing in the state. SRC attorneys honored as Illinois Super Lawyers include:

Michael F. Braun - 2009
L. Andrew Brehm - 2006, 2005
Charles H. Cole - 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
Thomas M. Crisham - 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
Thomas G. Draths - 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
Douglas A. Hanson - 2005
Ernest W. Irons - 2005
Daniel V. Kinsella - 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
James L. Komie - 2007, 2005
Jeffrey T. Kubes - 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
Robert A. Michalak - 2006, 2005
Thomas W. Mulcahy - 2009
Clare J. Quish - 2009
Michael B. Roche - 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
Michael T. Roche - 2009, 2008
David J. Sullivan - 2009

The following SRC attorneys are members of the Leading Lawyers network:

Harry C. Benford III
Michael F. Braun
L. Andrew Brehm
Charles H. Cole
Edward J. Copeland
Thomas M. Crisham
Thomas G. Draths
David M. Giangrossi
Douglas A. Hanson
Ernest W. Irons
Daniel V. Kinsella
James L. Komie
Eric C. Marshall
Robert A. Michalak
Steven P. Pherson
Michael B. Roche
Joseph J. Stevens

Of both distinctions business leaders take notice. The following publications are among a long list of periodicals touting SRC attorneys honored as Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyers or both:

Chicago Life (supplement to The New York Times)
Chicago Magazine
Crain's Chicago Business
Daily Herald
Illinois Real Estate Journal
Jewish United Fund News
Law Day
Pioneer Press

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