AV® Preeminent™ Lawyers:
AV® Preeminent™ Rating: An AV rating is a significant accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV rating.
BV® Distinguished™ Rating: The BV is an excellent rating for a lawyer with more experience. This is the maximum rating a lawyer can receive who has been admitted to the bar from 5-9 years.
For over a century, lawyers have relied on the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory for authoritative information on the worldwide legal profession. Martindale's Peer Review Ratings play an integral role in this service to the legal community.
Buyers of legal services, as well as those making referrals, consider Peer Review Ratings invaluable when evaluating a lawyer. Whether choosing between two equally qualified candidates or looking for counsel in another jurisdiction, lawyers and consumers need to have confidence in the individual under consideration. Using Ratings, they can select counsel with superior ethics, as well as the desired level of professional experience.
Peer Review Ratings attest to a lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics, and reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. They appear in all formats of the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, in the online listings on martindale.com, on the LexisNexis service, on CD-ROM, and in print.
A Martindale-Hubbell Rating guides buyers of legal services and those referring business in making faster, smarter decisions. A Rating's third party validation of ethics and legal ability provides that extra level of confidence that the right lawyer or firm has been selected. By combining a Rating with a review of other data in a lawyer's Professional Biography - such as practice areas, bar memberships, professional affiliations, education and clients - a person can be certain he or she has made the right choice for that particular legal matter.
Peer Review Ratings are established by lawyers. The legal community respects the accuracy of Ratings because it knows that its own members, the people best suited to assess their peers, are directly involved in the process.