Durham Attorney Mullins Earns Peer Review Honor - Joins Partners Thomas and Ferguson with Martindale Hubbell AV Rating from Fellow Attorneys

Durham, NC, May 26, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Durham Attorney Philip A. Mullins was recently selected by his peers for the Martindale Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating, a respected, peer voted honor in the legal profession.

According to Martindale Hubbell, the honor is “an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.” (See details below)

"My partners, Bill Thomas and Jay Ferguson have also earned this honor from our peers,” said Philip Mullins. “I especially appreciate this honor as it comes from a vote of my colleagues in the legal profession who know my work ethic and the results obtained during my legal career."

From the Martindale Hubbell Website: (http://www.martindale.com/Products_and_Services/Peer_Review_Ratings.aspx)

Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW 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.

The General Ethical Standards rating denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities. Those lawyers who meet the "Very High" criteria of General Ethical Standards can proceed to the next step in the ratings process - Legal 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)AV Preeminent - 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.

Philip A. Mullins IV Biography:

Philip A. Mullins IV –
Durham, NC Business Litigation and Serious Personal Injury Attorney
Named to, Best Lawyers in America

Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Best Lawyers
Named, Top 100 Trial Lawyer
Areas of Practice

Business Litigation
Serious Personal Injury

About Philip A. Mullins, IV:
Philip Mullins has handled trial and appellate cases throughout North Carolina since 1993. Over the years he has tried complex jury trials, handled appeals, and represented a wide range of individual and corporate clients, including McDonald's, Kmart and numerous insurance companies.

The law firm recruited Philip in 2001 for his extensive litigation experience, knowledge of how their opponents approach cases, and his reputation for winning cases because of his skill, expertise and hard work. He joined the firm as a partner in July 2002.

Since joining the firm Philip has been instrumental in obtaining numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and negotiated settlements involving serious personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from automobile collisions, trucking wrecks, and industrial accidents.

Philip has also represented businesses and business owners in complex business litigation cases. Philip has been associated by other law firms and trial attorneys to work with them in representing their clients in significant cases.

Honors and Awards
Philip is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the country with membership limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements and was named to the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North Carolina" by the American Trial Lawyers Association. Philip has been voted by his peers as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” which is considered to be a singular honor conferred on a lawyer by his peers, and has an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating available for legal skill and ethics.

Professional Activities
Philip is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers), American Bar Association, and Durham County Bar Association, where he served as President in 2010-2011. Philip has served as an officer within committees for the Durham County Bar Association.

Philip is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of North Carolina and the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

B.A., 1988, Wheaton College; J.D., 1993, Campbell University. At Campbell he was selected to represent the school on the International Moot Court team, was a published member of the Campbell Law Review and received the Thomas Anderson Scholarship. Also during law school he held the position of law clerk to the North Carolina OSHA Review Board.

Civic Activities
Philip works closely with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and has spoken frequently at events and fundraisers throughout Eastern North Carolina, successfully raising significant money to find the cure for Type 1 diabetes. His two sons both have juvenile onset diabetes (Type 1 diabetes).
Thomas, Ferguson and Mullins, LLP
Cameron Knowles