All the partners from RHD were honored with the highest possible rating in both legal ability & ethical standard - The Martindale Hubbell AV PREEMINENT AWARD. This AV rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years and is recognized for the highest level of professional excellence.
Often held as the golden standard for rating lawyers, Martindale Hubbell has been conducting Peer Review Ratings Systems for more than 120 years. If you have ever seen their books, you know how much of a presence they have in a room just by the sheer amount of space they take up on a bookshelf. Before the internet came around (hard to remeber that there was such a time), Martindale Hubbell came about from a man's vision to provide people with the address of "one reliable law firm...in every city of the United States." In 1868 it started as a simple list, progressed to numerous volumes of books, and has now evolved into a website containing a leading global network of over one million lawyers. Their website (www.Martindale.com) contains a vast portfolio of websites, tools, and information designed to connect not just fellow lawyers, but those in need of their services as well. Martindale Hubbell was the original ratings system for lawyers. The year 1896 saw the start of the peer ratings which came in three categories:
CV - A definitive statement of a lawyer's above average ability and unquestionable ethics. This is considered a good first rating.
BV - An indication of a well-established practice, a significant client case, and high professional standing. This is an excellent rating for a lawyer with more experience.
AV - Reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. An AV rating is a sign that a lawyer is ranked at the highest level of professional excellence.
Having all three partners being awarded the highest AV rating in one of the most well known and respected systems, by their peers, is such an honor!