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AV Peer-Review Ratings, What Are They, and What Do They Mean?


Anyone who has spent time looking for a personal injury attorney or other lawyer, may have noticed the AV Rating badges that sometimes appear on attorney websites. Many law firms have plastered their websites with lots badges and other accolades that look impressive but do they actually mean?

As it turns out the AV Ratings stand out among other attorney ratings as a measure of an attorneys skill, experience and recognition by peers. This prestigious rating is only obtained by experienced lawyers who have demonstrated both a high degree of skill and high ethical standards over there career.

To obtain an AV Peer-Review rating an attorney must be reviewed objectively by colleges including other bar member attorneys and members of the judiciary. Reviewers are asked to assess their colleagues’ general ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice.

In addition the reviewers must rate the legal abilities of the attorney on a scale created by Martindale-Hubble, the nations most prestigious legal directory founded in 1868. The legal performance is reviewed by rating 5 different measures:

  • Legal Knowledge – Lawyer’s familiarity with the laws governing his/her specific area of practice(s)
  • Analytical Capabilities – Lawyer’s creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge
  • Judgment – Lawyer’s demonstration of the salient factors that drive the outcome of a given case or issue.
  • Communication Ability – Lawyer’s capability to communicate persuasively and credibly
  • Legal Experience – Lawyer’s degree of experience in his/her specific area of practice(s)

The outcome of the review will determine if the attorney is awarded a designation as Rated, BV Distinguished or receives top honors with an AV Preeminent rating.

Only the most experienced and active members of the legal community who have shown high ethical standards throughout their legal career will obtain the distinction of AV Preeminent.

The lawyers of Goldman Babboni and Walsh have multiple attorneys with AV ratings including Bernard F. Walsh with AV Preeminent ratings, David Goldman with a Peer rating and client rating of 5 out of 5 and Michael Babboni with a BV Distinguished peer review rating.

AV Peer-Review Ratings, What Are They, and What Do They Mean?

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh



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