Fort Lauderdale, FL, September 28, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Martindale-Hubbell, the premier legal directory for over a century, has awarded criminal lawyer David Edelstein M. Edelstein, P.A. an AV rating--their highest rating in ethical standards and legal ability.
The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system, which evaluates lawyers and law firms in the United States and Canada, is based on the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary, including both those who are rated and those who are not.
Martindale-Hubbell representatives conduct personal interviews to discuss lawyers under review with other members of the Bar. A compilation of these opinions from various sources is necessary to form a consensus, and lawyers under review are sometimes asked to provide professional references to assist with the process.
In addition, Peer Review Ratings eConfidentials (secure online surveys) or paper review sheets are sent to lawyers and judges in the same geographic location, area of practice or industry as the lawyer being rated. Members of the Bar are instructed to assess their colleague's legal ability and general ethical standards.
According to Martindale-Hubbell, an AV rating is a significant accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV rating.
Mr. Edelstein limits his practice exclusively to criminal defense and related matters.