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Attorney Sean Buckley - 2022 Super Lawyers

Updated: Apr 25, 2022

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. Being named to the Super Lawyers list is a prestigious distinction that only top 5% of attorneys in Texas receive.

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 school?

  • 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.

Attorney Sean Buckley is a protégé of famed criminal defense trial lawyer Dick DeGuerin, whose influence defined Buckley’s skillset and multi-dimensional approach to defending clients. Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Buckley’s work has been favorably covered by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and numerous other national and local media outlets.

Buckley also serves as lead editor of O’Connor’s Federal Criminal Rules & Codes, a legal reference book used by criminal lawyers across the United States.

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