Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are a result of a peer review system with a history that spans more than a century. Peer Review Ratings attest to a lawyer’s professional legal ability and ethics and are based on the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary.
Peer Review Ratings
The CV® is a good first rating for lawyers and a definitive statement of their above-average ability and unquestionable ethics. This is the maximum rating a lawyer can receive who has been admitted to the bar for 3 to 4 years. The BV® is an excellent rating for a lawyer with more experience. This is the maximum rating a lawyer can receive who has been admitted from 5-9 years. An AV® rating is a significant accomplishment – a testament to the fact that lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV rating. Only 12% of all attorneys in the world have been awarded the "AV" rating.
While the public is generally unaware that most lawyers in the United States are rated, attorneys frequently rely on these ratings when referring a client to another attorney or researching opposing counsel.