Peer Review Rating

Leonard P. Buscemi possesses the highest rating from (5/5.0 -AV®Preeminent) from Martindale-Hubbell, the nation's premier peer review him rating service for the evaluation of lawyers and law firms in the United States.

Martindale-Hubbell ratings system is considered an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability. Attorneys receive a rating based on evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary. The first review to establish a lawyer's rating usually occurs three years after his/her first admission to the bar and surveys lawyers across multiple jurisdictions and geographic locations, in similar areas of practice as the lawyer being rated. Reviewers are asked to assess their colleagues' general ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice.


The General Ethical Standards rating means the attorney adheres to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to practicing law. Those lawyers who are judged to have "Very High" 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 one to five (with one being the lowest and five being the highest). These areas are:

  • Legal Knowledge - Lawyer's familiarity with the laws in his or 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 or her specific area of practice(s)

After lawyers have been evaluated on their legal ability, they will receive one of three ratings:

  • AV Preeminent (4.5-5.0) - 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.
  • BV Distinguished (3.0-4.4) - BV Distinguished is an excellent rating for a lawyer with some experience. A widely respected mark of achievement, it differentiates a lawyer from his or her competition.
  • Rated (1.0-2.9) - The Peer Review Rated designation demonstrates the lawyer has met the Very High criteria of General Ethical Standing.


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