What is the role of the Martindale-Hubbell field representative in the peer review rating process?


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The role of the Martindale-Hubbell field representative in the peer review rating process is to ask the initial inquiries of the lawyers involved in the rating system. Their surveys do not determine the final rating of a lawyer until the investigation is complete, according to Nissenbaum Law Offices.

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According to Martindale-Hubbell, the peer review process assesses the aptitude and professionalism of lawyers. Most lawyers can expect to get a rating from the company within the first three years of passing the Bar exam, although this process could take more or less time depending on the location of the Bar. Ratings are based on objective assessments from other lawyers, members of the Bar, and the United States and Canadian judiciary.

During the process, a Martindale-Hubbell field representative asks questions about a lawyer's legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, ability to communicate and legal experience. The company rates each lawyer on a one-to-five scale, with five being the highest ranking, and one being the lowest ranking. Lawyers and law firms choose what to do with this information at their own discretion, Martindale-Hubbell explains.

Nissenbaum Law Offices says lawyers do not need to request a rating with Martindale-Hubbell, since most lawyers receive a rating from them automatically within a few years of working in a particular Bar. Lawyers, partners, marketing directors or colleagues can also request a rating review from Martindale-Hubbell.

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