Six Cordell & Cordell divorce attorneys were recently recognized as Maryland Rising Stars in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding attorneys.

Thomas Gross earned the distinction in the firm’s Frederick, Md., office while Afua Quaye Ofosu, Ashley Ward, Claire Costantino, Kumudha Kumarachandran, and Matthew Rudo received the honor out of the Baltimore office.

This is the sixth consecutive year Ms. Kumarachandran has made the list; the third straight year for Mr. Gross, Ms. Ofosu, Ms. Ward, and Ms. Costantino; and the second time for Mr. Rudo.

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 leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.