Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings are an objective indicator of an attorney’s high ethical standards and professional ability. These ratings are generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and judiciary of the United States and Canada. Online Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings surveys are secured from lawyers across multiple jurisdictions and geographic locations, in similar areas of practice as the lawyer being rated. Reviewers are asked to assess their colleagues’ general ethical standards and legal ability in their specific area of law.
The General Ethical Standards ratings denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities. Lawyers who meet the “very high” criteria of General Ethical Standards proceed to the next step in the ratings process which is Legal Ability.
Legal Ability ratings are based on performance in five key areas and are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest, 5 being highest). The lawyer being evaluated is judged in the following areas: Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability and Legal Experience.
Aaron Smith received the reputable rating of AV Preeminent which is the highest possible rating a lawyer can attain and requires a score of 4.5-5 in all of the above areas. AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment which is a testament to the fact that A.W. Smith‘s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.