This is the seventh consecutive year that Schmitt, a litigation attorney, has been named to the Rising Star list (2011-2017). He practices in the areas of banking and finance, real estate, litigation, pensions, and retirement plans.
Watson, an estate planning attorney, is receiving the honor for the third consecutive year (2014-2017). Her practice focus is estate-related: planning, administration, and probate. She creates trusts, wills, financial and health care powers of attorney, guardianships, and conservatorships.
Up to 2.5 percent of attorneys in Missouri 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less are selected annually by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.