Kennett Square attorney Tim Rayne just went from lawyer to super-lawyer.
No, he didn't receive a super-powered suit from aliens, and he wasn't modified in a genetic experiment.
The lifelong Kennett resident and 1986 Kennett High School graduate was recently named to the Pennsylvania/Delaware edition of Super Lawyer Magazine top 100 attorneys for 2012.
Rayne was also named to Main Line Magazine's top lawyers for 2012, where he received a page-long profile and photo.
According to a press release, Super Lawyers compiles its annual list based on a rigorous multistage process that begins with a peer nomination in combination with extensive independent research.
The objective, according to the magazine, is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for both other attorneys and consumers.
The magazine rates lawyers based upon experience and notoriety, Rayne said, and is available publically.
Main Line's annual listing uses Avvo, a Seattle-based online company that rates and profiled medical, dental and legal professionals using a 'proprietary algorithm' based on a 10-point scale.
The top five lawyers, of which Rayne is one, receive a full profile in the magazine's August edition.
'I've been in the Super Lawyer's Magazine since 2009, but this is the first time I've been named to the top 100,' he said. 'And Main Line, I've been mentioned since 2008.'
Rayne said the recognition is appreciated and that's it's nice to receive accolades from his peers.
'It's neat, that's for sure,' he said. 'The people in the community seem to get a kick out of it.'
Rayne said he has a particular passion for informing people of their legal rights, and has written a series of pamphlets designed to guide people through the legal process in wrongful death and injury cases, as well as a guide to purchasing car insurance,
There's no bonus, cash prize or gift certificate attached to the accolades, however; just the notoriety among his friends, family and community.
'It's good to be recognized,' he said.
A partner at MacElree Harvey of West Chester and Kennett Square, Rayne has been in the industry for 17 years, specializing in personal injury and medical malpractice cases.
Calling himself a 'local boy,' Rayne has lived his whole life in the Southern Chester County region, having attended the University of Delaware and Widener for law school.
He also carries an advanced master's degree from Temple in trial advocacy.
He's been with MacElree for his entire career, starting there in the early 90s as a law clerk and working his way up to full partner in 2001.
Rayne is a true Kennett native, with his parents having both graduated from KHS where his grandfather was once principal, while his father taught at Greenwood and mother taught at Unionville High School; he even still lives in the home built by his great grandfather in 1936.
'He worked for Pierre du Pont when Longwood was not a gardens; it was an operating house and farm and he actually ran the farm for Mr. du Pont in the 20s,' he said. 'My family has been around here for a long time.'
Rayne is married and lives in East Marlborough Township with his wife and three children.