Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is based entirely on peer-review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers® employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services.
The U.S. News – Best Law Firms
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least 1 lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers® in that particular practice area and metro region.
Super Lawyers® selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding lawyers that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.
Martindale-Hubbell facilitates secure, online peer review surveys of lawyers across multiple jurisdictions and geographic locations in similar areas of practice as the lawyer being reviewed. Reviewers are asked to assess their colleagues' general ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice. A confidential threshold number of qualified responses is required to achieve a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating.
Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
Since the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® was founded in 1993, membership has been based upon strict and objective standards. Each applicant is required to complete a detailed application demonstrating that he or she has met the basic qualification of having acted as Principal Counsel (as that term is defined in the membership application) in one or more cases which resulted in a final judgment (not subject to appeal or modification), award or settlement in favor of his or her client in the amount of 1 million dollars or more. In 2007, in response to requests from members, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® was added with regard to cases of 2 million dollars or more.
Applicants certify, as members of the bar, that the information contained in the application is true. It is the policy of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® that any false statement of a material fact in the application would represent an attempt by an applicant to hold himself or herself out as possessing experience and qualifications which were not truthful and accurate and, as such, would constitute a serious act of professional misconduct which would warrant disciplinary action by the bar.
Each application is reviewed by experienced trial counsel. Additional or supporting information may be required, and applicants who do not clearly qualify are denied membership. If membership is denied, fees paid by the applicant are refunded.
The AVVO Rating is an effort to evaluate a lawyer’s background based on the information available in an attorney’s AVVO profile. AVVO creates the rating using a model that considers information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to information collected from public sources like state bar associations and lawyer websites. Any information that affects the AVVO Rating is visible in an attorney’s profile.
The AVVO Rating is based only on the information AVVO collects and that the attorney has provided; thus, the AVVO Rating should not be the only piece of information you use to evaluate whether an attorney is right for you. The rating is a tool that provides a snapshot assessment of a lawyer’s background and should be considered alongside other information such as client reviews and peer endorsements.
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