Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

There are two components to Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. First, General Ethical Standards Rating - The General Ethical Standards Ratings denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities. 

The General Recommendation Rating is: V – Very High
A Lawyer must receive a General Ethical Standards rating before his or her review can proceed to the next step.

Second, Legal Ability Ratings – The Legal Ability Ratings take into consideration the standard of professional ability in the area where the lawyer practices, the lawyer’s expertise, and other professional qualifications.  If a lawyer’s practice is limited or specialized, Martindale-Hubbell Peer review ratings are based on performance in those specific fields of law.

The Legal Ability Ratings are:
C – Good to High
B – High to Very High
A – Very High to Preeminent

An AV® Peer Review Rating Certification Mark is a significant rating accomplishment, which ranks the lawyer at the highest level of professional excellence.  A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive this rating.