Thurman W. Arnold Is Named As A 2015 SuperLawyer!
We are pleased and proud to announce that Thurman W. Arnold, III, has just
been selected as a 2015 Southern California Family Law and Divorce SuperLawyer!
This recognition places his skills and expertise within the top 5% of
all California attorneys. Mr. Arnold has been a Certified Family Law Specialist
If you have a complex divorce or famly law matter pending in Riverside,
Orange, or San Bernardino Counties (including Joshua Tree), please feel
free to email us from our website - we typically respond within a few
hours, or call our office at 760-320-7915!
Mr. Arnold and I would be honored for you to meet and interview us before
you make the decision to select our Firm for your family law needs. The
first half-hour is free and without obligation!
We are dedicated to providing our clients the best family law advice and
representation in southern California, and particularly in the Indio,
Joshua Tree, and Riverside Courts! And in giving you the respect and empathy
you need and deserve.
[Thurman has also been named a SuperLawyer for 2016 and 2017]
Author: Michael C. Peterson, Esq.
According to Superlawyers, this is how their selection process works:
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection 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 objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing
of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys
and consumers searching for legal counsel. Since Super Lawyers is intended
to be used as an aid in selecting a lawyer, we limit the lawyer ratings
to those who can be hired and retained by the public, i.e., lawyers in
private practice and Legal Aid attorneys.
The Super Lawyers patented selection process involves three basic steps:
creation of the candidate pool; evaluation of candidates by the research
department; and peer evaluation by practice area.
Step One: Creation of the Candidate Pool
Lawyers enter the candidate pool by being formally nominated by a peer
or if identified by the research department during the research process.
Once a year, we invite lawyers in each state to nominate the top attorneys
they've personally observed in action. 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.
Each nomination carries a point value. An out-firm nomination has substantially
greater point value than an in-firm nomination. Lawyers cannot nominate
themselves, and must limit their nominations to others who practice in
the same state.
Our procedures and database have several safeguards that prevent lawyers
from "gaming" the system. For example, we track who nominates
whom. This helps us detect any excessive "back-scratch" nominations
(lawyers nominating each other) and "block nominations" (where
members of the same law firm all cast identical nominations). We also
prohibit lawyers from engaging in "campaigning" or solicitation
of nominations from other lawyers.
While important, the nomination phase is simply the first step in our process.
It puts lawyers on our radar for further research and evaluation, and
awards points in our rating system. But we limit the value of those points
so that no matter how many nominations one receives, it will not guarantee
Our attorney-led research staff searches for lawyers who have attained
certain honors, results or credentials, which indicate a high degree of
peer recognition or professional competence. For example, certification
as a specialist in a particular area of practice, or admission to prestigious
colleges or academies, e.g., The American College of Trial Lawyers. The
staff identifies these credentials by reviewing a proprietary list of
database and online sources, including national and local legal trade
Most of the lawyers we identify in this process have also been nominated
by their peers. Occasionally, however, we find outstanding lawyers who
have been overlooked in the nomination process. These may include: lawyers
with national litigation practices who rarely appear in the courts of
their home jurisdiction; lawyers in smaller firms or from smaller communities;
and lawyers practicing in less visible or highly specialized practice areas.
Throughout the year, readers, clients and attorneys who are not eligible
to formally nominate (that is, actively licensed to practice in the same
state as the nominee) send us names of lawyers we should consider for
inclusion. Though no points are awarded, we add these lawyers to the candidate
pool for further research and evaluation.
Step Two: Evaluation of Lawyers in Candidate Pool
Our research department evaluates each candidate based on these 12 indicators
of peer recognition and professional achievement: verdicts and settlements;
transactions; representative clients; experience; honors and awards; special
licenses and certifications; position within law firm; bar and or other
professional activity; pro bono and community service as a lawyer; scholarly
lectures and writings; education and employment background; and other
These indicators are not treated equally; some have a higher maximum point
value than others.
Step Three: Peer Evaluation by Practice Area
In this step, also known as the "blue ribbon review," candidates
are grouped according to their primary areas of practice. The candidates
in each practice area with the highest point totals from steps one and
two above are asked to serve on a blue ribbon panel. The panelists are
then provided a list of candidates from their practice areas to review,
rating them on a scale of one to ten.
Candidates are grouped into four firm-size categories. Those with the highest
point totals from each category are selected. This means solo and small
firm lawyers are compared with other solo and small firm attorneys, and
large firm lawyers compete with other large firm lawyers. Five percent
of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.
The research staff checks each candidate's standing with the local
licensing authority. Each candidate is asked to aver that they have never
been subject to disciplinary or criminal proceedings.
Final Internet searches are performed on each candidate to ensure there
are no outstanding matters that would reflect adversely on the lawyer.
We also contact each lawyer to ensure accuracy of all published information.
The final published list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers
in the state. The lists are published annually in state and regional editions of
Super Lawyers Magazines and in inserts and special advertising sections in leading city and regional
magazines and newspapers. All attorneys selected for inclusion in Super
Lawyers, regardless of year, can be found on SuperLawyers.com.