Joseph R. Matejkovic, Esq.

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West Chester, Ohio 45069-4992
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from "The Martindale-Hubbell Rating System: How It Works"

    For 130 years, Martindale-Hubbell has been the most respected source of authoritative and dependable biographical information about members of the legal community in the United States, Canada and worldwide.

    An integral part of this service to the legal community is the Martindale-Hubbell Rating System. Under this system, Legal Ability and General Ethical Standards Ratings for individual attorneys are developed and published in the Law Directory. The goal of this impartial rating system is the development of un-biased, fair and accurate ratings for as many lawyers as possible, including Directory subscribers and nonsubscribers alike.


    The majority of rating reviews are initiated by Martindale-Hubbell, typically five years after an attorney has been admitted to the Bar. In larger cities, ten years is the norm. An initial review of a lawyer can also be made at his or her request or at the request of a partner or colleague. Minimum periods following admission to practice are not required for any rating.

    There are many lawyers for whom no ratings are published. Some have requested not to have their rating published, while for others, definitive information has not been developed because of the relatively few years the lawyer has practiced, the size of the Bar or other reasons unrelated to the individual's professional competence, reliability or ethical standards. If the lawyer's practice is limited or specialized, it may afford little or no opportunity for others to form an opinion. Therefore, absence of ratings should not be construed as unfavorable.


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    Ratings fall into two categories: Legal Ability and General Ethical Standards. Unless a rating is established in both categories, no rating is published.

    Legal Ability Rating:

    The Legal Ability Ratings take into consideration the standard of ability for the area where the lawyer practices, the attorney's expertise, nature of practice and qualifications relevant to the profession. Where a lawyer's practice is limited or specialized, rating opinions are made on the basis of performance in those specific fields of law.

    General Ethical Standards Rating:

    General Ethical Standards Ratings cover adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.

    An attorney will not receive a Legal Ability Rating unless he or she has been endorsed for a "V".


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