Martindale-Hubbell has announced that Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, is among Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2014. Five other partners at the firm also have achieved that status.
This highly competitive award means that he has an AV Preeminent rating, which is the highest rating given by the peer review group. Martindale-Hubbell "helps buyers of legal services to identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for a specific task," according to its website.
In using objective standards, the rating service looks at a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability determined by one’s peers and the judiciary. Legal ability is determined in five key areas: legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience.
AV Preeminent means that a lawyer rated in the 4.5-5.0 range, the highest on a 1-5 scale. Clifford ranked a perfect "5″ by Martindale-Hubbell as did partners Keith A. Hebeisen, Kevin P. Durkin, Susan A. Capra, and Richard F. Burke, Jr.
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