Martindale-Hubbell (www.martindale.com), which also owns the website ( www.lawyers.com), has been the leading nationwide legal directory for ranking the abilities of attorneys and law firms throughout the United States for more than a century. Its peer review rating system is based on the confidential, detailed opinions of attorneys and judges who are from similar areas of practice as the lawyer being rated, who know or have worked with the lawyer under review, and are best able to rate them on their professional ethical standards and legal abilities. Ratings awarded to lawyers are based on their ethical standards, levels of experience, legal knowledge, ability to communicate effectively, reputation among colleagues, legal judgment, analytical capabilities, and practice areas.
When lawyers must refer their clients to lawyers in other locales, or are just “scouting their opponent” in a given case, most rely on Martindale-Hubbell. You can do the same by reviewing and comparing attorneys through www.martindale.com and www.lawyers.com.
Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating rating system has existed since 1887, and is based upon the largest collection of confidential lawyer reviews by lawyers and judges. When lawyers look for other lawyers for assistance, either for themselves or their most important clients, their first stop is usually Martindale-Hubbell. The rating score is based on a scale of 1 – 5; a peer rating between 4.5 – 5 is a significant rating accomplishment, the highest possible – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers (i.e. other lawyers and judges) rank him or her at the HIGHEST LEVEL of PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE. To better understand the comprehensiveness and importance of these reviews, we have listed a few facts about the Martindale-Hubbell rating system.