What does it mean to be AV – PREEMINENT rated by Martindale Hubbell?

AV PREEMINENT Rated Martindale-Hubbell

Martindale-Hubbell has maintained ratings for lawyers for more than a century, and currently reviews or assigns ratings for more than 150,000 lawyers each year. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of bar members and the judiciary, and attest to the individual lawyer’s legal ability and adherence to accepted professional standards of ethics. Exclusively developed and assigned by the Martindale-Hubbell ® Law Directory, ratings are considered valuable benchmarks intended for use by members of the profession.

An AV certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for a number of years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.

What “Peer Review Rated” represents – When a lawyer achieves peer review rated status, he or she has earned an additional level of validation for the professional skills and high ethical standards displayed through actions and work product. The designation reflects the confidential opinions of both rated and non-rated peers from the lawyer’s Bar and/or area of legal practice.

How is a rating status achieved? Reviews occur in stages over the course of a lawyer’s career with the first review typically after a lawyer has been admitted to a state bar for 10 years or more. Personal interviews are conducted by Lexis/Nexis Martindale Hubbell representatives, confidential questionnaires are distributed and, at times, lawyers under review may be asked to provide professional references to assist with the process. This data is compiled and a result is determined.



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