Powers McCartan PLLC was named in the 2012-13 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings. The firm achieved first-tier rankings in Charlotte under the practice area of DUI/DWI Defense and second-tier rankings in Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar.
“We are honored to once again be named as one of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ ‘Best Law Firms’ and to join the outstanding firms that share this recognition,” said Bill Powers, a founding partner at Powers McCartan PLLC. “My appreciation goes to the Powers McCartan team, our colleagues, and our clients, whom we work tirelessly for, ensuring that their interests are defended and that no details are ignored.”
According to U.S. News – Best Lawyers, the rankings were based on methodologically rigorous national surveys sent by U.S. News to law firm clients; leading lawyers and law firm managers; partners and associates; and marketing managers and recruiting officers. The overall assessment included information provided by the nominated firms. The collected quantitative and qualitative data were then combined into a total score for each law firm.
Bill Powers Named Best Lawyers’® “Lawyer of the Year” 2013
To be eligible for a ranking, at least one lawyer from the law firm must have been included in Best Lawyers as part of the annual peer-review assessment. Bill Powers was named Best Lawyers’® “Lawyer of the Year” 2013 for Charlotte DUI/DWI Defense.
Powers McCartan PLLC was selected for inclusion in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The national and metropolitan first-tier rankings are featured in the 2013 “Best Law Firms” standalone publication. All of the rankings, including second-tier rankings, can be found online at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com.
“Best Law Firms helps individuals find lawyers they can count on,” Powers said. “With their freedom and future at stake, people arrested for DUI or other criminal offenses need the help of a lawyer they can trust.”
About Bill Powers:
Bill Powers, a founding partner of Powers McCartan, PLLC, recently received notice from North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, a group that reviews and rates attorneys, that it has listed him in their Top 100 Lawyers in the state of North Carolina. Powers, who practices in a variety of areas of criminal defense law with special focus on traffic and DUI defense, has now been listed in Super Lawyers Magazine six years running and within the “Top 100” for the past two years.
To determine who gets listed, Super Lawyers uses a wide variety of criteria including peer reviews, ethical standards and a demonstrated history of achievement in the field. Peer recognition from within the law community is not enough on its own to secure a position on the list: Super Lawyers uses third-party research to see if nominees have a proven record of professional achievement including factors such as courtroom success, scholarly activity and volunteerism.
Powers adds, “My passion is to help people, not judge them. I take my responsibility seriously. People trust me with their worries, concerns and lives. I absolutely must be there for them.”
Over the years Powers has earned other awards and distinctions, too: in 2011 & again in 2013 he was named US News & World Report / Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year for DUI/DWI defense in Charlotte.” Bill is also a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist as recognized by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification / NBTA. Powers McCartan, PLLC is listed within US News & World Report “Best Law Firms.” Bill Powers has been selected by Business North Carolina Magazine in the “2013 Legal Elite” and is also listed within “Best Lawyers in America.”
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Related: Super Lawyers Selection Criteria
Lauded by Super Lawyers Magazine for the sixth straight year, including a Top 100 distinction the past two years, Bill Powers continues to earn accolades for his performance as DWI and criminal defense attorney. As the Super Lawyers selection criteria explains:
Bar associations and courts across the country have recognized the legitimacy of the Super Lawyers selection process. Most recently, the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld the findings of a Special Master assigned by the court to, among other things, examine the details of the process. In his July 2008 report, the Special Master lauded the lawyer-rating process, stating:
“[The Super Lawyers selection process] is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained high peer recognition, meet ethical standards, and have demonstrated some degree of achievement in their field.”
“Suffice to say, the selection procedures employed by [Super Lawyers] are very sophisticated, comprehensive and complex.”
“It is absolutely clear from this record that [Super Lawyers does] not permit a lawyer to buy one’s way onto the list, 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.”
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating 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
North Carolina lawyers tipped their caps to Bill Powers as one of the state’s 2013 “Legal Elite” in the Criminal Defense category. Considered among the best by his peers in voting tabulated by Business North Carolina magazine, Mr. Powers is one of the founding partners of Powers McCartan, PLLC.
Legal Elite Methodology:
Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored Tar Heel lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories. Winners are chosen not by BNC editors but by the state’s lawyers. Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite has become the model for other awards and lists, but it remains unique as the only award that gives every active lawyer in the state the opportunity to participate. Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite includes the top lawyers chosen using this statewide ballot.
Each year, BNC sends ballot notices to every member of the N.C. State Bar living in North Carolina — asking each a simple question: Of the Tar Heel lawyers whose work you have observed firsthand, whom would you rate among the current best in these categories? Voters are not allowed to vote for themselves. They may select members of their firms only if they pick out-of-firm lawyers in the same categories, with the latter votes weighted more heavily. The top vote-getter in each category becomes a member of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame and is ineligible to win again.
We are honored with the distinction that Best Lawyers® has bestowed upon Bill Powers, one of the founding partners of Powers McCartan PLLC. This award distinguishes Bill as one of the pre-eminent DWI defense lawyers in Charlotte.
As the Best Lawyers® selection criteria explains:
Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.
Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments we conduct with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.
Best Lawyers® began designating “Lawyers of the Year” in the U.S. in high-profile legal practice areas in 2009. Since then, this honor has been extended to many other countries where the Best Lawyers peer-review process is conducted as well.