Peer Rating

Jack R. Bird has received the highest rating (AV) from Martin-dale Hubbell's Peer Review Rating program. Set forth below is a quote from Martin-dale Hubbell describing this process.


The Martindale-Hubbell® RATINGSPeer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability. Attorneys receive a Peer Review Ratings™ based on evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. The first review to establish a lawyer's rating usually occurs three years after his/her first admission to the bar.
LexisNexis facilitates secure online Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ surveys of 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 a specific area of practice.

The Ratings Explanation

Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ reflect a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating. A threshold number of responses is required to achieve a rating.

The General Ethical Standards rating means the attorney adheres to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to practicing law. Those lawyers who are judged to have "Very High" General Ethical Standards can proceed to the next step in the ratings process - Legal Ability.

Legal Ability ratings are based on performance in five key areas, rated on a scale of one to five (with one being the lowest and five being the highest). These areas are:

  • Legal Knowledge - Lawyer's familiarity with the laws in his or 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 or her specific area of practice(s)
    After lawyers have been evaluated on their legal ability, they will receive one of three ratings.

  • AV Preeminent (4.5-5.0) - AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment- a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

  • BV Distinguished (3.0-4.4) - BV Distinguished is an excellent rating for a lawyer with some experience. A widely respected mark of achievement, it differentiates a lawyer from his or her competition.

  • Rated (1.0-2.9) - The Peer Review Rated designation demonstrates the lawyer has met the Very High criteria of General Ethical Standing.