Actors earn Oscars.
Musicians earn Grammys.
And attorneys earn . . .
Perhaps you didn’t know that there was a rating system for lawyers. Let us teach you about it, so the next time you need to find an attorney, you will know how to choose one.
The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are the industry standard when determining the skill and ethics of an attorney.
The history of the rating system dates back to 1868. In that year, Attorney James B. Martindale published a directory that provided the background information for American lawyers.
The directory has changed over the years. It joined forces with Hubbell’s Legal Directory in 1931 and changed its name to reflect the new partnership.
The directory continued to grow, even expanding into the publication of the Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory in 2006. This exhaustive directory listed attorneys from all over the world.
The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating system has been used for more than 100 years to recognize lawyers for their abilities and high ethical standards. Lawyers who meet the qualifications may be categorized within three categories: AV Preeminent, Distinguished, and Notable, with AV Preeminent being the highest honor.
(Just so you know, the “A” legal ability rating means “very high to preeminent.” The “V” ethical standard rating means “very high.”
What does this have to do with Woods Law, KC? You guessed it! While the attorneys in our firm have never won an Oscar (or even a Golden Globe), they have earned the AV Preeminent Rating through the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review.