What Do Martindale Ratings Mean?

What is the significance of Martindale ratings in determining what lawyer to hire in a personal injury or wrongful death case?

The Martindale publication has been around for many decades and assigns ratings to law firms and lawyers based on votes cast by other lawyers in the community.   

Law Offices of John Day P.C. is recognized by Martindale  as a Preeminent Law Firm. John  Day earned an AV rating, the highest rating available, in 1993 at the age of 36 and held that rating for over 17 years. The rating system has now changed and John’s rating is “Preeminent,” with a rating of 5.0 out of 5.0, the highest possible rating.  Brandon Bass, another lawyer in the firm, also has a rating of "Preeminent," with a rating of 4.9.

Once again, the legal rating system is subjective. It is (and should be) very difficult for younger lawyers to get high ratings. Nevertheless, these ratings are another factor you should consider in determining which personal injury lawyer you should hire because a lawyer’s rating gives you some indication of the reputation the lawyer has in the legal community.