What Does the AV Preeminent Rating Characterize?

Martindale-Hubbell is the premier service in providing information and ratings on lawyers and law firms throughout the United States and Canada. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings signify a lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics based on a random survey of lawyers and judges in a similar geographic and practice area. These ratings help customers of legal services identify lawyers with the highest legal ability and ethical standards when making hiring decisions.

The AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating is the highest possible rating from this respected service. This is a significant rating confirming that a lawyer's peers classify his or her professional ability at the highest level of excellence.

To receive the AV Preeminent Rating, a lawyer is evaluated in two categories: General Ethical Standards and Legal Ability. Lawyers who receive a "very high" rating for General Ethical Standards, including a commitment to professional standards of conduct, diligence, ethics, and reliability, advance to the next category ? Legal Ability. A lawyer's Legal Ability is rated through a numerical scale of five key areas: Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability, and Legal Experience. The ratings range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest possible rating for each area. A lawyer who receives an average rating of 4.5 and above is eligible for the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating.

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