What is a Super Lawyer?

What is a Super Lawyer?

A Super Lawyer is an exceptional achievement and title given to lawyers across the country who have reached high achievements and standards within their respective fields. The title of a Super Lawyer indicates that the lawyer has the respect of their colleagues and the public. They have represented their clients well, in addition to earning the respect of their peers who nominated them for this title. They have represented the field of lawyer well, with this title being an honor for a lifetime of dedicated work.

What’s the Selection Process for Becoming a Super Lawyer?

The title of Super Lawyer is not handed out lightly with the selection process being extremely rigorous. There are several stages for the selection process, starting with nominations, independent research, peer evaluations, and then the final selections. Let’s take a quick look at each stage of the selection process:


In order to be nominated, the lawyer may not campaign or solicit nominations. They must be nominated by their peers, third party feedback, managing partner survey, or by the Super Lawyer research team. They must exhibit the qualities of a lawyer who has embodied the values of what it means to be a lawyer, and performed their job to the highest of their abilities.

Independent Research

After a lawyer has been nominated, they will be evaluated according to 12 terms, decided upon by the Super Lawyer Selection Committee:

  • Verdicts/Settlements: The success of the lawyer in question in terms of performance within the court
  • Transactions: Their ability to handle transactional law
  • Representative Clients: Who they are representing and what that indicates about the lawyer as a person
  • Experience: What have they gone through to make them who they are now?
  • Honors/Awards: This is to see if they have been recognized for their achievements and by what organizations.
  • Special Licenses/Certifications: Have they specialized in anything in particular? What have they done to go above and beyond?
  • Position Within the Law Firm: What is the lawyer’s title and role at the law firm
  • Bar and/or Professional Activity: What have they done with their career?
  • Pro bono and Community Service: What have they done with their knowledge? Do they give back?
  • Scholarly Lectures/Writings: Do they apply their experience to help educate others?
  • Education/Employment Background: Where did they go to law firm and what did they do to get here?
  • Other Outstanding Achievements: What makes them a lawyer who deserves this title?

Peer Evaluation

Candidates who have the highest point totals are then formed into a committee. There, they evaluate their peers and other lawyers who are being considered for the position. This is a crucial stage because, not only will lawyers give their opinions on who the best are. the judges will see how they are considered by their peers.

Final Selection

The final selection is made as a collection of all of these steps. The Super Lawyer committee selects lawyers from small, medium, and large firms in order to be fair and to give each lawyer a fair opportunity. There are two categories that they can be selected into. One is the Rising Stars and the other is a Super Lawyer.

Does An Attorney Pay To Be Published In Super Lawyers?

No. Super Lawyers maintains a strict separation between research and advertising. The names of all attorneys selected by Super Lawyers are published in our print publications (if they have data verified their information) and at SuperLawyers.com at no charge whether they advertise or not. Advertising sales do not begin until after the selection process is completed.

Where Can I Find Super Lawyers Near Me?

On their website, there is a search tool that allows people to search for the Super Lawyers in their state. That way they know who the best are, and where they can find the best lawyers possible. If you are located in Pleasanton, Livermore or Dublin area, contact us at Mirador Laws for your free initial consultation.

Are The Lawyers at Mirador Law Super Lawyers?

Yes! We are one of the only Northern California law firms that practice criminal defense and plaintiff personal law who have four Super Lawyers in the firm. Check out our page on Super Lawyers here.  Here’s a breakdown on our Super Lawyers:


Jules F. Bonjour is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury attorney who provides legal services. From 2004–2019, the Super Lawyers Committee selected Jules Bonjour who practices law in Pleasanton, California. Just one select number of active lawyers in each State are given this peer designation. The selection process for Super Lawyers takes peer recognition, legal practice experience and other cogent factors into account. He studied law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. In 1966, he graduated from law school and he began to practice law after passing the bar. See Jules’ Super Lawyer profile here.


Megan Burns is a Mirador Law lawyer who supports clients in coping with the legal issues of criminal defense and plaintiff personal injury. The Super Lawyers have been picked by thorough assessment and evaluation as top practitioners.  In 2004, Megan Burns graduated from the School of Law at Lewis & Clark. In 2004, Megan Burns began practicing law. In the Pleasanton region of California is where she serves her customers. See Megan’s Super Lawyer profile here.


Emily L. Dahm is a highly acclaimed Criminal Defense and Plaintiff Personal Injury lawyer representing clients. She works for the surrounding community of Pleasanton, California. Emily Dahm attended Berkeley School of Law and graduated in 2004 from the University of California, and has been practicing law since 2004. For 2018-2019, she was chosen as Super Lawyer. See Emily’s Super Lawyer profile here.


Michael P. Thorman is a Mirador Law lawyer who helps clients with legal issues related to criminal defense. He also assists consumers with personal injury law. He is currently of counsel with the firm. The name of the top practice attorneys selected by means of an extensive assessment are called Super Lawyers. In 2004-2019, he received this title and award. Michael Thorman was awarded a Stanford Law School degree in 1974. In 1974, Michael Thorman was admitted to begin practicing law.  He serves clients throughout the Tri-Valley Area and beyond. See Michael’s Super Lawyer profile here.

The lawyers at Mirador Law have an excellent reputation in Northern California, both in the criminal justice bar and among the insurance companies that handle personal injury claims. Our firm has been in existence since 1973, with many of our cases referred to us by judges, other lawyers and our former clients. Our lawyers teach trial tactics at law schools in the Bay Area and are regularly invited to speak by professional organizations and public agencies. Your choice of attorney can create respect that will reflect well on you and help you achieve your goals. They have been determined to be Super Lawyers, and they strive to provide the best care possible for the legal needs of our clients. Contact us today at Mirador Laws for your free initial consultation.