Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ help buyers of legal services identify
evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for a specific task at hand. Lawyer ratings
serve as an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and
professional ability and are used by buyer of legal services to justify their hiring decisions.
Combined with the Martindale-Hubbell® Client Review Ratings self-reported professional credentials
and other fact-based performance data, the Peer Review Rating contribute to the
comprehensive view of a lawyer.
The Ratings Explanation
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ reflect a combination of achieving
a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
A threshold number of responses is required to achieve a rating.
The General Ethical Standards rating denotes adherence to professional standards of
conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of
professional responsibilities. Those lawyers who meet the "Very High" criteria of General
Ethical Standards can proceed to the next step in the ratings process - Legal Ability.
Legal Ability ratings are based on performance in five key areas, rated on a scale of 1 to 5
(with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest). These areas are:
Legal Knowledge -
Lawyer's familiarity with the laws governing his/her specific area of practice(s)
Analytical Capabilities -
Lawyer's creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge
Lawyer's demonstration of the salient factors that drive the outcome of a given case or issue
Communication Ability -
Lawyer's capability to communicate persuasively and credibly
Legal Experience -
Lawyer's degree of experience in his/her specific area of practice(s)
The numeric ratings range may coincide with the appropriate Certification Mark:
AV Preeminent® (4.5-5.0) - AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment -
a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of
BV Distinguished® (3.0-4.4) - BV Distinguished® is an excellent rating for a lawyer with
some experience. A widely respected mark of achievement, it differentiates a lawyer
from his or her competition.
Rated (1.0-2.9) - The Peer Review Rated designation demonstrates that the lawyer
has met the very high criteria of General Ethical Standing.