Monday, June 10, 2013

Eric A. Kay named Super Lawyer "Rising Star"

A rigorous selection process ensures only top-notch attorneys are included

Eric A. Kay

Attorney Eric A. Kay has been chosen as a a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Florida, a distinction that is given only to the cream of the crop of all attorneys statewide.

Only lawyers who have earned a high level of professional achievement and peer recognition are included in this group of lawyers, who represent a maximum of 2.5 percent of all attorneys in the state each year. To be chosen, attorneys go through an intensive selection and confirmation process that is so rigorous that it has been patented.

Public and private practice experience

“I am humbled and honored to receive this designation,” Kay said. “It certainly sets a standard that I am going to work hard to exemplify.”

Eric A. Kay, who has been an active member of the Florida Bar for the past ten years, has experience in private practice and as a public defender in Broward County.

His firm has represented clients in the practice areas of criminal law, business transactions, and civil litigation in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach areas for the past six years.

An attorney who offers global services

While he was with the public defender’s office, he represented criminal defense clients and later became a supervisor of training and trials. He received the “Not Guilty” Hat Trick Award in 2007 from the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for obtaining three or more consecutive Not Guilty verdicts in trials by jury.

Kay notes that one area where his firm stands out is in its emphasis on global services, offering legal services in a wide variety of specialties. Criminal defense work represents a large chunk of his firm’s work, but the firm also specializes in business transactions, civil litigation, entertainment law and family law. In addition, Kay’s clients also include foreign individuals and entities who tap his expertise as an international legal consultant.

“My objective is to provide high-quality legal services for my clients, tailored to meet the needs of each individual or business. Many lawyers or firms specialize in only one area of law,” Kay said. “When you engage my firm you are provided with global representation solutions. It has been a hallmark of my business to assemble, for each client that requires services in a variety of legal areas, a team that is custom built to advocate for the best interests of that client.”

Selection Process 

The Rising Star program, which exists in at least 37 states, is a patented rating system that relies on a multi-dimensional approach. First, lawyers are asked to nominate other lawyers who are 40 years old or younger, or have been practicing law for ten years or less. They can only nominate lawyers who they have personally observed at work - either as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or other first-hand courtroom experience.

The selection process further continues as a research team led by attorneys reviews each candidate’s credentials and assigns points using well-defined evaluation criteria.  The research staff must also ensure that candidates are properly licensed, in good standing with the state’s bar association, and that they have no history of disciplinary action that would warrant removal from the list.

Choosing attorneys with most points

Then, point totals from the general peer survey and the research process are added up for a final tally. Only those attorneys with the highest totals are named to the Rising Stars list.

“I am thankful for all the lawyers and Super Lawyers selection committee members that made this possible,” Kay said.

Super Lawyers is well-known as a go-to list for top-notch attorneys. Its selection process was recently vetted by the New Jersey Supreme Court, which upheld the findings of a special master assigned to examine the Super Lawyers selection process.

“It is absolutely clear from this record that (Super Lawyers does) not permit a lawyer to buy one’s way onto the list," the special master stated, "nor is there any requirement for the purchase of any product for inclusion in the lists or any quid pro quo of any kind or nature associated with the evaluation and listing of an attorney or in the subsequent advertising of one’s inclusion in the lists.”

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