Attorney Ratings

Personal Finance August 18, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF
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Once you have the names of several lawyers, you can find additional information about them in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, available in many libraries and on the Internet (see http://www.martindale.com/). The directory contains biographical information, experience, specialties, education, and other professional information. Some attorneys are not listed because they are new to the profession or practice in a rural location where there are too few other attorneys or judges to rate them.

Almost every attorney listed in the directory is rated AV, BV, or CV. The ratings are a compilation of confidential opinions that Martindale-Hubbell solicits from lawyers and judges. There are two components to each Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating. The first letter is for “Legal Ability,” which is rated as follows:

  • A—very high to preeminent
  • B—high to very high
  • C—fair to high

The second letter, V, stands for “Very High General Recommendation,” meaning that the rated lawyer adheres to professional standards of conduct and ethics.

A Martindale-Hubbell rating should not be your only criterion for deciding on a potential lawyer. However, you can be reasonably confident that a lawyer who gets high marks from other clients and an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell is knowledgeable and credible.