I wanted to address and hopefully clarify some confusion and misinformation floating around the blogosphere this week regarding fees/options for the display of the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating in 2010.
Starting in January of 2010, the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating will not be displayed on the profiles of lawyers at business to business law firms that are not members of martindale.com. These lawyers are free to promote their rating in their own marketing materials and on their own Web sites regardless of whether or not they subscribe to Martindale-Hubbell – however, a subscription will be needed to display the rating on the martindale.com web site.
The Peer Review Rating is a service that Martindale-Hubbell provides to the Bar. We know that law firms and lawyers, both private practice and in-house counsel, value this service very highly. Lawyers are objectively rated by peers and receive a rating whether or not they or their firm maintains a paid listing on martindale.com.
Separately, this past summer, we piloted an “Individual Lawyer Package” program. This special program enabled lawyers who see value in Martindale-Hubbell at non-subscribing business to business law firms to benefit from the visibility and the resources available at martindale.com. The Individual Lawyer Package included a full listing and ratings display on the profile for an introductory price of $1,200 (discounted to $599 for the trial). We are evaluating the results of this offer to determine if, and at what price point, to offer a similar package in 2010. Some have confused this $599 pilot program offering as a “replacement” for our standard $59 ratings display fee – this is not the case.
LexisNexis has a strong commitment to the mission of the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. Please note that nothing has changed for those law firms already benefiting from a subscription to martindale.com or lawyers.com.
I hope that this post clears things up a bit – and feel free to contact me with any questions…