Kimberly Surratt and Melissa Exline Recognized as Legal Elite!

On Jun 1, 2019, Nevada Business Magazine announced The Silver State’s Top Attorneys for 2019, the “Legal Elite.”  Surratt Law Practice had two attorneys recognized, Kimberly Surratt and Melissa Exline.  This recognition is coveted because the votes are made by our peers with 5,000 nominations submitted by licensed attorneys in Nevada.  Only the top 3 percent of attorneys in the State of Nevada make it to the Legal Elite list.

original article from Nevada Business Magazine:

Legal Elite 2019
The Silver State’s Top Attorneys

Now in it’s twelfth year, Legal Elite is an annual list showcasing Nevada’s top attorneys as chosen by their peers. The attorneys appearing in the following lists represent the best of the best. Polling for Legal Elite 2019 began in mid-February and nearly 5,000 nominations were submitted by licensed attorneys in Nevada. Each submission then went through an extensive verification process resulting in the top attorneys in the state, chosen by their peers and presented in the following pages.

The State Bar of Nevada’s Annual Report for 2018 indicates that there are over 9,000 active member attorneys in Nevada and new attorneys are being trained every year at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law each year.

The Legal Elite list includes only the top 3 percent of attorneys in the state broken down by location. In addition, Legal Elite includes special lists ranking Nevada’s best “Up and Coming” and best government attorneys.

It’s not easy for an attorney to make it on to the final list. Each nominee went through several levels of verification and scrutiny before being approved to appear on this list.

Upon the nomination process closing, each ballot was individually reviewed for eligibility and every voting attorney was verified with the State Bar of Nevada. Once a vote was verified, each nominee was then scored based on the number and type of votes received. Attorneys that garnered votes from within their own firm were given a score of one and those that received a vote from someone at another firm were given a weighted score of three. After scores were tabulated, the top vote getters were verified again and contacted to finalize the 2019 Legal Elite list.

Those that received the most votes in the North, South and Best Up and Coming lists are featured on the cover of this issue. Featured are Chelsea Latino with McDonald Carano from the Northern Nevada list, R. Duane Frizell with Frizell Law Firm from the Southern Nevada list and Collin Jayne from Marquis Aurbach Coffing from the Best Up and Coming list.

Congratulations to all of the distinguished attorneys featured among the 2019 Legal Elite.

Kimberly Surratt served for eight years on the executive council and has been the vice chair and then chair of the State Bar of Nevada Family Law Section. In addition, she is the President-Elect of the Nevada Justice Association and the chair of the domestic lobbying committee. She has lobbied with the Nevada Justice Association since 2004.

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