If you're hurt in an accident, you want to be sure that you have the most qualified injury and accident lawyers representing you. But how can you be certain that you've chosen wisely? When you choose Edgar Snyder & Associates, you can rest easy knowing you've chosen a respected and highly-rated law firm.
Edgar Snyder & Associates has received an AV rating, the highest possible rating, from Martindale-Hubbell based on legal ability and general ethical standards.
Our law firm has been selected as one of Martindale-Hubbell's 2013 Top Ranked Law Firms. This means that at least one of every three of our attorneys has earned an AV Preeminent rating. Only a small percentage firms in the country have achieved this ranking. Keep reading to learn how an AV rating is determined.
Our law firm is AV-rated, which means attorneys in our firm have reached the pinnacle of their legal careers. Martindale-Hubbell, an impartial legal information agency for over 140 years, determines this rating through a system of complex scoring formulas and criteria.
Generally, a law firm gets the rating of its highest-rated active partner. That is why the law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates has an overall AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Individual attorneys' ratings are determined through the Peer Review Ratings system, which is based on the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Typically, the first review to establish a lawyer's rating occurs three years after his or her first admission to the Bar.
Reviewers assess their colleagues' ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice. Once a lawyer's ethical standards and legal ability ratings are confirmed, his or her ratings are used to create an overall numeric rating for each rated area of practice. The numeric rating determines the Peer Review Rating, which include the following:
AV® Preeminent™ – An AV rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
BV® Distinguished™ – A BV Rating is an indication of an exemplary reputation and well-established practice. A typical lawyer is in mid-career, with a significant client base and high professional standing.
Rated – The Peer Review Rated designation demonstrates that the lawyer has met the very high criteria of General Ethical Standing.
Legal Ability Ratings take into consideration the standard of professional ability in the lawyer's practice area, the lawyer's expertise, and other professional qualifications. If a lawyer's practice is limited or specialized, ratings are based on performance in those specific fields of law.
Legal Ability Ratings are:
A - Very High to Preeminent
B - High to Very High
C - Good to High
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.
The General Recommendation Rating is:
V - Very High
A lawyer will not receive a legal ability rating unless he or she has been endorsed for a "V." When both categories of ratings are confirmed, a lawyer receives an AV, BV or CV Rating.
For more than 140 years, generations of lawyers have relied on Martindale-Hubbell as the authoritative resource for information on the worldwide legal profession. The Martindale-Hubbell Legal Network is currently powered by a database of over one million lawyers and law firms in 160 countries.
Not only are Attorney Edgar Snyder and many of his partners Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, but many of our partners have also been selected as Best Lawyers in America, and many of our firm attorneys have been honored with memberships in prestigious legal organizations such as:
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