What is an AV Rating?

The following is an excerpt from a letter to a client who asked us to explain the AV Rating.

“Thank you for your inquiry regarding the AV Rating. All attorney’s who have practiced law for at least 10 years are rated. According to Martindale-Hubbell, ‘an AV certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment — a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. 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. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings service, which evaluates lawyers and law firms in the United States and Canada, is based on the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary, including both those who are rated and those who are not.’ Our firm is the only firm in the State of Arizona that limits its practice to homeowner association law and litigation that has the AV Rating. Some lawyers try to avoid the problems with a nonexistent rating by claiming that they “chose” not to be rated. It is my understanding that lawyers do not have this option and, if the option existed, lawyers would only chose not to be rated if they were fearful of the outcome.”

Please see the web site for Martindale-Hubbell for further information at www.martindale.com

(The terms AV, Martindale-Hubbell, and Peer Review Ratings are registered trademarks and/or servicemarks.)

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