Three Cordell & Cordell divorce attorneys were recently named Mid-South Rising Stars in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding attorneys.

Giana Messore (Little Rock, Ark.), Kathryn McDonald (Chattanooga, Tenn.), and Adam Zanetis (Franklin, Tenn.) all received the distinction for the first time.

Ms. Messore has previously been named to the Arkansas Life list of Top Attorneys. She earned her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.

Ms. McDonald is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Mr. Zanetis is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association. He received his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional development. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the attorneys in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive the award.

The selections are made using a patented multiphase 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.

For the Rising Stars list, lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 or younger, or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less. They are instructed to nominate lawyers they have personally observed in action – whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through other firsthand courtroom observation.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazine and in lead