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Hudson Law Office has Received an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Posted by Tom Hudson | Dec 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

There are two primary sources of lawyer ratings, and Martindale-Hubbell.  People who want to see how a particular lawyer stacks up can go to the websites of those organizations and find out. Tom has been rated 10.0/10.0 in for over a decade.  We will write about Avvo in a future post.

Recently, Tom was rated by Martindale-Hubbell and given the rating of "AV-Preeminent." This is the highest rating available. Per Martindale-Hubbell, "it signifies that the lawyer's reviewed peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards."

Tom never pursued a rating by M-H, for two reasons.  First, since M-H relied primarily on other lawyers for rankings, it seemed pretty easy for lawyers in large firms to "stuff the ballot box" and upvote each other to increase their rankings. And in fact, for years the highest rankings were dominated by "big firm" lawyers, even though many of the best individual attorneys choose to work alone or in small offices.

There is a second reason that Tom never pursued the M-H "AV Preeminent" rating. Martindale-Hubbell gives the lawyer the rating (which is now open to clients as well as other lawyers to vote on), but then they charge money to allow a lawyer to use their "AV" logo in advertising or on their websites. So it seemed like it cheapened the honor by making it a bit of a scam. 

Call it a matter of principle. Or call it Tom Hudson just being a cranky old man.  You won't see the "AV-Preeminent" logo on our advertising or our websites. But we are.

And Tom is honored to be named as an "AV-Preeminent" lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. He thanks the lawyers and clients who rated him, and pledges to live up to that rating in 2017 and the years to come.

About the Author

Tom Hudson

Known nationwide as a leading DUI defense lawyer, Tom has tried over 350 jury trials, including numerous death penalty cases. He now limits his criminal practice to DUI defense. His civil practice is devoted to getting fair compensation for the victims of negligence. Tom has attained multiple verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, and is a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In 2008, Tom Hudson passed the National Board Certification Test for DUI Attorneys in Honolulu, Hawaii. NOTE: The State of Florida does not yet recognize DUI defense as a Specialty.


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Board Certification as a DUI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense. Formal NHTSA Certification as an Instructor of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests given by police in DUI cases. Formal training as a NHTSA Drug Recognition Evaluator. ("Drug Evaluation & Classification") Formal training to operate the Intoxilyzer 8000, Florida's official breath test instrument. Extensive experience in teaching other attorneys how to handle DUI cases. Hundreds of jury trials both as defense lawyer and as prosecutor.