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An Explanation of the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings Categories

There are two components to Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings:

  1. General Ethical Standards Rating
    The General Ethical Standards Rating 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.
  2. Legal Ability Ratings
    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.
    Legal Ability Ratings are:
    C – Good to High
    B – High to Very High
    A – Very High to Preeminent
    When both categories of Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are confirmed, a lawyer receives an CV