Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ cannot be purchased. The ratings are generated by the lawyer’s peers – other members of the bar and judiciary – throughout the United States. The rating help buyers of legal services identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for a specific task at hand.

Michael Shickich has obtained an “AV Preeminent” rating signifying the highest possible rating an attorney can obtain from his/her peers. AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

This rating cannot be purchased and is obtained strictly by ratings from other attorneys.

Michael Shickich has earned a perfect score (5 out of 5) in ratings from his peers to obtain his “AV Preeminent” status.

The ratings are indicative of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability. Legal Ability ratings are based on performance in five key areas, rated on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest).

These areas are:

  • Legal Knowledge – Lawyer’s familiarity with the laws governing his/her specific area of practice(s)
  • Analytical Capabilities – Lawyer’s creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge
  • Judgment – Lawyer’s demonstration of the salient factors that drive the outcome of a given case or issue
  • Communication Ability – Lawyer’s capability to communicate persuasively and credibly
  • Legal Experience – Lawyer’s degree of experience in his/her specific area of practice(s)