Before you were in the accident, you probably never paid attention to all of the ratings, awards and certifications in the legal field. After all, why would you care? It may not have been until you were injured that you started to wonder what all of these things meant.
If you are looking for a Reston personal injury lawyer, you should become familiar with the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Best Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell.
National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
This organization certifies attorneys who practice in various areas of law, including civil, criminal and family. According to the NBTA website, they are “dedicated to bettering the quality of trial advocacy in our nation's courtrooms and helping consumers find experienced and highly qualified trial lawyers.”
The NBTA is accredited by the American Bar Association and provide board certification to attorneys who meet a long list of requirements. For example, to obtain board certification, a Reston personal injury attorney must be in good standing, have completed at least 45 hours of continuing legal education in the last three years and provide references from three judges and three lawyers who know his or her abilities in the courtroom. There are even more requirements that must be met to obtain certification.
“Best Lawyers in America” is a referral guide that has been published biannually for nearly three decades. According to their website, Best Lawyers “compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.” Currently, there are 41,149 lawyers in 126 practice areas across the country included in the publication.
A lawyer can’t put him or herself in the guide. Instead, someone who is already a member must nominate him or her. “Best Lawyers in America” is another good source to find an attorney.
Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Rating
The Martindale-Hubbell directory contains a list of attorneys along with their ratings. According to their website, “The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings evaluates lawyers in the United States and Canada based on the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary, including both those who are rated and those who are not.” An attorney is generally rated after three years of being admitted to the Bar. He or she will be rated based on legal ability and general ethical standards.
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