It’s easy to brag on yourself. Phone books and late-night television is full of attorneys who are the best litigators in town – just ask them and they’ll tell you. But it is much more difficult to have your talents noticed by others. It’s tougher still to garner awards for your talent, especially so in the Texas legal scene, where the civil attorney talent pool is filled to overflowing by very talented and very aggressive litigators. That’s why the awards weighing down Colby’s mantel are so impressive. Many excellent litigators will go their entire careers without a single laurel wreath to adorn their heads, while Colby’s list of accolades is exceptional and growing still.
Super Lawyer – 2015 to 2017
Initially selected as a Rising Star, Colby has been selected as a Houston Super Lawyer for the last three years. His consecutive awards are the result of selection by a multi-phase process that combines input from peers in the legal community, independent evaluation, and recognition of his individual achievement in the field. Factors taken into account by the Super Lawyers board include verdicts Colby has won on behalf of his clients, his experience in the field, his positive contributions to the community, among many others. Only 5% of all lawyers reviewed by the blue-ribbon panel make the cut and earn the honor to be called Super Lawyers, and only 2.5% of the pool aged 40 or younger are eligible to be deemed Rising Stars – both are feats that Colby has accomplished several times over.
Avvo Rated: Superb Litigator
How would you rate your attorney on a scale of one to ten? If you ask top online legal services marketplace Avvo, Colby is a ten. Avvo’s pioneering ratings system, which takes into account public data harvested from a myriad of public sources including court records, state bar websites, and legal websites, publishes a ranking on over 97% of all licensed attorneys in the United States. In other words, all the information available is taken into account, warts and all. And when all the facts are examined under the harsh light of day, Colby is litigation’s Bo Derek – a perfect ten.
Houstonia Top Lawyer of 2015
Making this list is a mark of respect from the Greater Houston legal community. Houstonia’s annual list is the product of extensive balloting of movers and shakers in the legal community as well as determinations using less subjective criteria like case results, experience, education, training, and so forth. Only a handful of the legions of attorneys practicing in an area are selected for the award, so Colby’s inclusion in the list is a prestigious plaudit indeed.
Legal Leaders: Texas Top Rated Lawyers of 2015
To be included in the guide, lawyers must have received an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®--a prestigious ranking demonstrating that a lawyer’s peers have ranked them at the highest level of professional excellence. Attorneys listed in the 2015 edition specialize in a range of areas, including business and commercial, criminal defense, family and divorce, oil and gas, litigation, real estate, and more.
“AV® Preeminent™ – Martindell-Hubbell
Mr. Lewis has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and professional ethics, AV Preeminent -- in Litigation, Personal Injury and Insurance -- as reflected by the opinions of his peers and members of the judiciary. An AV certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
AV® Preeminent™ – Martindell-Hubbell
With an emphasis on ethics and professional responsibility, the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system is only open to those attorneys who maintain only the highest standards in ethical conduct. Only then are attorneys rated by their peers on criteria including legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, and legal experience. Achieving high marks in any one area is not easy. Achieving high marks across the board is possible for only the most brilliant of legal professionals. Such a significant accomplishment is recognized by conferring the Preeminent ranking, a classification bestowed upon Colby thanks to his unyielding commitment to professional excellence.
Other Honors and Awards
- Legal Leaders: Texas Top Rated Lawyers of 2015
- Barksdale Stevens Award (Recognizing third-year students for their commitment to law)
- Highest Open Memo Grade, Legal Research and Writing
- Klaiser Lewis Foundation Scholarship
- Highest Grade, Advanced Legal Research
- Lex Award, Legal Research and Writing
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