There are two components to each Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating:
1. Legal Ability Ratings
2. General Ethical Standards Rating
A lawyer will not receive a Legal Ability Rating unless he or she has been endorsed for a "V." When both categories of Peer Review Ratings are confirmed, a lawyer receives an CV, BV or AV Rating.
- indicates the rating was established in an admitting jurisdiction other than where the attorney is currently listed.
Peer Review Ratings reflect career development
CV Peer Review Rating -- an excellent first Rating and a statement of a lawyer's above average ability and very high ethics.
BV Peer Review Rating -- an indication of an exemplary reputation and well-established practice. A typical lawyer is in mid-career, with a significant client base and high professional standing.
AV Peer Review Rating -- shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.