Martindale has been around since the 1800s, and prides itself on being an anonymous rating source: you are only nominated by others and your peers review you anonymously (and all of that goes on without your knowledge).
MH does solicit nominations, but not always from the same people in your sphere.
Likewise, they solicit comments/feedback from peers once they have nominations – I get asked to do MH surveys a couple of times a year, and they almost never ask me to comment on the same lawyer twice.
As a result, some years you make the list, some years you do not. It really depends whether someone nominates you, and then who in your network they reach out to for comment.
In many past years, I have received awards from them, often getting their highest (“A”) rating for Legal Ability, and sometimes I have been given Outstanding or other high marks for my ethical conduct of various cases.
However, as you can see above, this year I received their most prestigious designation: AV Preeminent, meaning I maxed out my peer reviews in both the Legal Ability and the Ethics components of their system.
In nearly 30 years of practice, this is the first time achieved that level, so I am very flattered, and thought I would share it with you.