Helmsing Leach attorneys Joseph P.H. Babington (personal injury defense: products), Russell C. Buffkin (personal injury defense: general), Jeffery J. Hartley (bankruptcy & creditor/debtor rights), Warren C. Herlong, Jr. (only lawyer in Alabama recognized for the practice of eminent domain law), John N. Leach, Jr. (business litigation), James B. Newman (business litigation), Robert H. Rouse (estate planning & probate), A. Edwin Stuardi, III (personal injury defense: medical malpractice) were named as 2013 Super Lawyers. Jeff Hartley was also named one of the top fifty lawyers in the State of Alabama. Christopher T. Conte (bankruptcy & creditor/debtor rights) and T. Ryan Luna (personal injury defense: general) were named as Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a rating service that recognizes lawyers in more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.