An AV® certification mark is the highest honor possible given to those who have received outstanding reviews from other colleagues, associates and legal professionals. AV® Preeminent reviews are based on a combination of “Very High” General Ethical Standards and their Legal Ability to receive at least a 4.5 rating out of 5.
- AV® Preeminent™ (4.5-5.0)
- BV® Distinguished™ (3.0-4.4)
- Rated (1.0-2.9)
The General Ethical Standards rating is based on the lawyer’s standard of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence, and other criteria relevant to professional responsibilities. Legal Ability ratings are based on a specific area of professional ability within an area of practice in five main areas:
- Legal Knowledge
- Analytical Capabilities
- Communication Ability
- Legal Experience
To be an AV® Preeminent rated lawyer, he or she must receive the highest marks from peer reviews testifying that they exemplify the highest level of professional excellence. The lawyers who have received this recognition benefit from this community through peer reviews, input and referrals to help strengthen their abilities as an attorney. This system in turn benefits clients – who can take comfort in knowing that their legal representation is revered, distinguished, and constantly improving for the best.
“AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.”