Only attorneys who consistently demonstrate extraordinary legal ability and the highest ethical standards receive an AV Preeminent rating. This is an elite group, with only an estimated 5 percent of all attorneys receiving such recognition.
What Is a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating?
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are recognized as the gold standard in attorney ratings. This distinguished organization has recognized attorneys for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards for over a century.
Individuals who are researching lawyers for their own legal needs can use these ratings to identify, evaluate, and select the most appropriate attorney for their legal issue.
“Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings were created in 1887 as an objective tool that would attest to a lawyer’s ability and professional ethics, based on the confidential opinions of other lawyers and judges who have worked with the lawyers they are evaluating,” says Mike Walsh, President and CEO, US Legal Markets at LexisNexis. “The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings have remained the most prestigious and widely respected lawyer rating system in the world for over a hundred years.”
What Does an AV Rating Mean for Our Clients?
Just as the Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) designation sets apart those attorneys who are especially trained and experienced in Family Law, a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent differentiates attorneys as being on a level apart from their peers in the areas of professional excellence and credibility.
In an environment where the market for legal services is highly competitive, the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating can be a vital tool for evaluating an attorney or legal firm before contracting their services. Such a privileged designation assures the client that they are choosing a legal advocate who has been rated highly by professionals who themselves possess the unique knowledge to do so—other attorneys.
This rating provides the assurance that those needing family law services have chosen an attorney who operates with very high ethics as well as a superior level of professional experience.
The Importance of the CFLS Designation
A Certified Family Law Specialist, or CFLS, is an attorney who has obtained certification in the standards of California family law and demonstrated optimal legal competence. Attorneys who obtain this certification have specific expertise in all aspects of family law, which includes divorce or the dissolution of marriage, child and spousal support, child custody, and temporary restraining orders, among other areas of emphasis.
Not every attorney practicing family law has obtained this certification. In fact, the designation remains relatively rare—there are fewer than 2,000 CFLS attorneys in California and fewer than 200 in San Diego.