What does a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating mean?

The Martindale Directory of lawyers (and businessmen) first started in 1868.  For the next 147 years the directory has developed into the go-to directory for attorneys.

Martindale, now Martindale-Hubbell has a rating system of attorneys which is gathered by interviewing the attorney’s peers.  Lawyers are evaluated on five specific key areas:

Legal Knowledge – Lawyer’s familiarity with the laws governing his/her specific area of practice.

Analytical Capabilities – Lawyer’s creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge

Judgment – 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[1]

As a result of these interviews, attorneys are rated based on the above criteria.  The highest rating is AV Preeminent.

AV Preeminent

This is a significant accomplishment – and a testament to the fact that the lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence[2].  At Ryan Faenza Carey we are proud that two of our partners have an AV rating.  When you are looking for an attorney, understand what this ranking means to you. Our “Testimonials” tab on our website may also provide additional insight from former clients.

[1] From www.martindale.com/Products_and_Services/Peer_Review_Ratings.aspx

[2] Also from the ratings website listed above.

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