Martindale-Hubbell’s exclusive Peer Review Lawyer Rating System is one of the most important gauges of a lawyer’s performance.
John Cooper of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers with offices in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA has had a top rating of “AV” since 2004 by the Martindale Hubbell attorney reputation assessment system for highest level of skill and ethics.
Achieving a top rating is no mean feat. Martindale Hubbell evaluates law firms and attorneys in both the U.S. and Canada in a peer review process that’s independent and rigorous.
Martindale-Hubbell sends confidential questionnaires to fellow lawyers and judges within the same area or practice area as the attorney or law firm being evaluated.
The ratings “reflect a combination of achieving a very high general ethical standards rating and a legal ability numerical rating. A threshold number of responses is required to achieve a rating,” Martindale-Hubbell says on its website.
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) The confidentiality, independence and objectivity of the ratings process is what has made it both a unique and credible evaluation tool for members of the legal profession. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings were created in 1887 as an objective tool that would test a lawyer or law firm’s ability and professional ethics, based on the confidential opinions of other lawyers and judges.
John Cooper has handled car, motorcycle and truck accident personal injury claims for 23 years and also has significant experience of railroad worker injuries under the FELA law, wrongful death and train crossing accidents.