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Rating Of a Florida Criminal Lawyer

Lawyer rating systems marketed by law firm vendors are affected by the necessity to market legal services. Always remember this critical fact when selecting a lawyer in any field. There have been what I consider to be bogus attempts to pad lawyer resumes with labels such as “Super Lawyer” and an even older scam such as the Martindale-Hubble “AV Rating.”

A Florida criminal lawyer is an expert (a specialist) in a particular field such as Criminal Trial Law or is not. There is no middle ground. Since “Super Lawyer” is such an obvious marketing gimmick that let’s compare two of the standard rating systems and see which one holds up:

Florida Bar Certified Criminal Trial Law Specialist Rating Of A Florida Criminal Lawyer

* Must take an advanced written test created by other certified experts

* Must have a minimum number of legal cases tried to completion

* Must have a certain number of cases of a “serious and complex nature” tried to completion

* Must complete specialized Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

* Peer Review requirements

* “Certified attorneys are the only lawyers allowed to identify or advertise themselves as Florida Bar Board Certified, specialists or experts.” – The Florida Bar Association

* Board Certification is recognized by the Florida Bar Association for a lawyer’s expertise and competence.

Martindale-Hubble “AV Rating”

* No testing

* No trial requirement

* No complexity requirement

* No CLE requirement

* Peer Review requirements

* Any lawyer meeting the legal vendor’s criteria can identify themselves as “AV rated.”

* An “AV Rating” is not recognized by the Florida Bar – for anything.

Rigging the Peer Review Requirements

Both the Florida Bar Association and Martindale-Hubble have a “peer review” component. In fact, for Martindale-Hubble, that’s about the only component they have. Now, check out this gem straight from the Martindale-Hubble website:

“What is the role of the Martindale-Hubbell Ratings Specialist in the rating process?

Peer Review Ratings Specialists work closely with Martindale-Hubbell’s larger law firm clients to educate, engage and assist their lawyers in the Peer Review Process and the marketing opportunities surrounding the “Peer Review Ratings.”

There are no exams, no CLE requirements, and best of all, Martindale-Hubble will “engage and assist” lawyers so they can get a high rating in the “Peer Review Process.” Here’s how they will be “educated” by their “Ratings Specialist”: Contact all of your friends in the legal profession, submit their names to your Martindale-Hubble “Peer Review Ratings Specialist” and flood the “peer review process” with favorable rating reviews. Many lawyers – especially out of state attorneys where they do not have a lawyer specialization program like Florida does – actually believe this system means something!

I am a Florida Bar Association Board Certified Expert in Florida Criminal Trial Law. I am not a “Super Lawyer” nor am I “AV Rated” by some marketing division of a legal publisher. I never will be, either.

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“"This is actually one of the best law firms I've had the pleasure of dealing with. They stick with you throughout the entire process, walking you through every step and they know the law! They were able to help me get out of a situation that had occurred because of a technicality and was very knowledgeable in the process. I would recommend them to anyone."”

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“"Such a great service to go through when dealing with any legal matter! Mr. Cobb is very knowledgable and will take the time to understand and communicate with you in a timely manner."”

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“"Everything was great and smooth working with Mr. Cobb. He was fast and efficient and answered any questions I had."”

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“"I would recommend Attorney Cobb to others. I would describe him as an honest and straightforward lawyer. All my concerns were addressed."”

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Joseph S.

“"It was as clean of a process as it could have been for me. He handled everything for me because I live out of state and made it so simple and easy. He was great and thorough and I hardly had to do anything."”

William S.

“"If you can hire Stephen as your attorney then definitely do that. He talked openly and gave me assurance and even his legal assistant that works there is amazing. I never had any problems or trouble with them."”

Lonnie M.

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