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AV Preeminent

What is AV Preeminent®?

Martindale-Hubbell® is the leading directory of attorneys in the United States’ law firm industry. The paper edition contains listings for local and foreign attorneys, law schools/professors, state bar associations, and summaries of every state’s laws. The online version of Martindale-Hubbell® includes a directory of US and Canadian attorneys, as well as Peer Review Ratings. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings™ helps the person seeking legal assistance identify, evaluate, and select the best-suited attorney for their legal issues. People who are looking for an attorney may read the Peer Review Ratings to select an attorney with the highest ethical standards and professionalism.

The Peer Review Ratings consist of Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Review Ratings™ and the lawyer’s professional credentials, and provide an inclusive view of the lawyer’s skills and knowledge. A lawyer receives a Peer Review Rating based on evaluations by fellow attorneys, members of the bar, and members of the court throughout the United States and Canada. If you wish to hire an Irvine Probate and Bankruptcy lawyer who has an AV Preeminent® Rating, please contact Peter Rasla & Associates, P.L.C. An attorney usually receives their first review about three years after their admission to the bar. LexisNexis enables online Peer Review Ratings surveys of lawyers across many jurisdictions and locations, as well as those who are in similar areas of practice as the attorney who is subject to the rating.

Reviewers must assess their fellow attorney’s ethical standards and their ability to practice said area of law. A Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating are combined to reflect a Peer Review Rating. A General Ethical Standards rating means that the attorney follows all necessary rules and codes of conduct relevant to practicing law. Lawyers who have been ranked Very High may move on to the next step in the ratings process, which is Legal Ability. These ratings are based on performance in five important areas- legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience.

AV Preeminent® Ratings

After a lawyer has been assessed on their legal ability, they will receive an AV Preeminent® Rating, a BV Distinguished® Rating, or will be distinguished as Rated. An AV Preeminent® Rating is between a 4.5 and 5.0, and is a testament to the fact that the attorney’s peers believe that the attorney is one of the best lawyers in their field. A BV Distinguished Rating is a 3.0-4.4, and is an outstanding rating for a lawyer who has a few years’ experience. If an attorney is Rated, it means they scored a 1.0-2.9, and they have demonstrated the Very High standards of General Ethical Standing. LexisNexis ensures that ratings are fair by comparing them to other attorneys in the same areas of practice via a specific practice areas list. This list is based on user behavior, research on developing areas of law, and other methods of legal research. LexisNexis updates this list on a regular basis to reflect the constant changes in the legal industry.

How Ratings are Determined

Any lawyer who is listed on martindale.com and lawyers.com and has been admitted to the bar in Canada or the United States for at least three years is able to receive a peer rating. As previously stated, the reviewers are members of the bar, fellow lawyers, and judges who are from similar practice areas and/or industries as the lawyer who is eligible to receive a rating. They must have practiced with or know the lawyer, and have the ability to rate the lawyer on their professional ethical standards and legal ability. A lawyer may request a review by nominating their own peer references. LexisNexis will then ask their peer references to complete an online peer review evaluation, and the references will be incorporated into the rating process. All Peer Review Ratings review material is anonymous, but it may be possible for the rated lawyer to determine who gave certain reviews.

Hire an AV Preeminent® Attorney

Hiring an AV Preeminent Rated attorney means that you will get outstanding legal services and representation. Peter Rasla & Associates, P.L.C. has an AV Preeminent® Rated lawyer on staff, and they will do everything in their power to successfully resolve every client’s bankruptcy issue. Please contact the firm to learn more about how they may be able to help you, or fill out a free consultation via their website.