The Legal Community Speaks: ABA’s Ranking the Raters Gives Martindale-Hubbell Ratings the Most Credibility

by Carlton Dyce on February 8, 2010 · 2 comments

in Legal marketing,Ratings

Last November, we presented the newly transformed Martindale-Hubbell Ratings at the ABA Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference.  All the major U.S. ratings and ranking services, including Avvo, Best Lawyers, Chambers, Lawdragon, Martindale-Hubbell and Super Lawyers, were invited to present their ratings methodologies and share how the resulting ratings and reviews provide value to users. (Chambers declined to participate.)

Following the presentations, program attendees, a broadly qualified audience of lawyers that included a dozen in-house counsel from large corporations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Toys “R” Us, Comcast and Boeing, completed a questionnaire about law firm ratings and rankings. Among the key findings, the ABA reports, “Martindale-Hubbell was given the most credibility among lawyer respondents.”

We’re excited and proud to have such significant recognition from an audience whose opinions are among the most valued by our business. As I mentioned in previous posts, last year’s ratings transformation was designed based on extensive research and feedback from the legal community, whose thoughts and input inform our business decisions every step of the way.

Now the community has spoken, and what they say validates what we have long claimed: Martindale-Hubbell Ratings are a credible and reliable tool to evaluate and select lawyers and law firms. In fact, in a head-to-head comparison by our most informed audience, Martindale-Hubbell comes out on top.

Read more about the ABA Ranking the Raters; Rating the Rankers program:

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YOUR RIGHT! wrote onFebruary 14, 2010 at 9:28 am

It is written, Martindale-Hubbell received a high credibility rating. We know dozens of attorneys ranked highly by MH that are named in the class action in Clark County (Las Vegas) Nevada. This action is due to Clark County contracting with Tyler Technologies to implement the Odyssey Case Management System. That contract specified historic data not to be captured. As a result, third parties to the contract were damaged. Specifically, criminal evidence was barred from the courtroom ex parte in criminal hearings. As a result, Clark Couny children’s murders are up 300% in 2009 over 2008. Can you explain why MH is highly ranking these attorneys (including judges)?

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Carlton Dyce Carlton Dyce wrote onMarch 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm

We’d like to thank you for bringing this to our attention. Our policy is that disbarred or suspended lawyers will automatically have their LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings removed as soon as we are notified by a State Bar”. In addition, other types of lawyer disciplinary actions administered by the appropriate Bar or judicial authorities may also be grounds to remove a rating. While Bar admitting authorities supply LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell with disciplinary information, some supply that information more frequently than others.

In this case we have not yet received anything in writing from the Nevada state bar. We have reached out to them for this information and we will expedite this matter to ensure our database is updated accordingly.

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