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Top-Class AV Preeminent Rating

Allan A. Cease has received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He's currently in his 15th year.

Two components of Martindale-Hubbell Rating

1. Legal Ability Ratings:


Legal Ability Ratings take into consideration the standard of professional ability in the area where the lawyer practices, and other professional qualifications. If a lawyer’s practice is limited or focused, ratings are based on performance in those specific fields of law.


Legal Ability Ratings are:

C – Good to High

B – High to Very High

A – Very High to Preeminent


2. General Ethical Standards 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.


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 a CV, BV, or AV Rating.


Ratings reflect career development. A lawyer’s rating will generally improve over time. However, Ratings can be revised downward, or even removed if a decline is noted in ability or ethical standards.


A CV Rating is an excellent first Rating and a statement of a lawyer's above average ability and very high ethics.


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.


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.


MARTINDALE-HUBBELL is a service mark and a registered trademark, and CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under license.

Allan A. Cease has been practicing law for over 41 years.

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