This year, Dallas attorneys Caitlyn Silhan, Christopher Johnson, Erin Wood, and Patrick Wigle were selected for the 2019 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. These four attorneys were all selected based on the outstanding work they do for plaintiffs. These attorneys represent a variety of practice areas, including civil litigation, products liability, and general personal injury. Only the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in Texas are selected to the list. To be considered, each candidate must be 40 years old or younger and have practiced for 10 years or less.
About Caitlyn Silhan
Caitlyn Silhan was selected to the 2019 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for her work in civil litigation. Mrs. Silhan focuses her practice on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act litigation and qui tam whistleblower/False Claims Act matters. The Dallas attorney earned her bachelor’s degree at Boston University and her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University Law School, where she was a Dean’s Scholar and selected to the Order of the Coif. Mrs. Silhan is a recipient of the 2016 Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award granted by the Texas Civil Rights Project and is admitted to practice law by the State Bars of Texas and California.
About Christopher Johnson
Christopher Johnson represents plaintiffs involved in toxic tort and complex civil matters. He focuses on helping victims who have been catastrophically injured by dangerous products and toxic substances, including people dealing with mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure. The Dallas attorney earned his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin and his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bars of Oregon and Texas.
About Erin Wood
Erin Wood focuses her practice on asbestos litigation, product liability, toxic torts, and personal injury cases. Ms. Wood earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and her Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law. The Dallas attorney was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2011 and is a member of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40, an invitation-only honor, The Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Junior League of Dallas.
About Patrick Wigle
Patrick Wigle was recognized on the 2019 Texas Rising Stars list and was also selected as a 2019 Super Lawyers 100 Up and Coming Rising Stars honoree. Mr. Wigle concentrates his practice on representing plaintiffs involved in product liability and toxic tort cases. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law. Mr. Wigle was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2008 and has been selected to the Texas Rising Stars list for the past seven years. He has also been selected to the 100 Up and Coming Rising Stars list for the past three years.
Super Lawyers and Texas Rising Stars
Each year, the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list is compiled through careful consideration and evaluation of attorneys on a state-by-state basis. The goal is to create a broad and diverse list of esteemed attorneys for the community to use as a resource when searching for legal counsel. The selection process includes an evaluation of each candidate on twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement in legal practice. The four steps to the process are: nominations, independent research, peer evaluation, and final selection. An attorney can be nominated for the list by a peer, through third party feedback, or by the Super Lawyers research team. The second step in the selection process involves independent research and evaluation of factors, such as experience, honors/awards, pro bono and community service, and verdicts/settlements. After research, the top candidates serve on the Blue Ribbon Panel to evaluate other candidates within their primary practice areas. Finally, a representative number of small, medium, and large firm attorneys are selected. Only the top five percent of attorneys in Texas are recognized as Super Lawyers.
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