SOURCE: LexisNexis

January 18, 2007 09:35 ET

LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® Announces 32 Lawyers Receive Peer Review Ratings

Nation's Most Respected Lawyer Rating System Facilitates Evaluation of Legal Abilities and Professional Ethics of Attorneys

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 18, 2007 -- LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell today announced that 32 lawyers located throughout the United States and Canada have received Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings in the last month, in recognition of their highly regarded legal skills and professional ethics.

Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review Ratings help in-house counsel and other sophisticated buyers of legal services identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for a specific task at hand. Lawyer Ratings serve as an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and professional ability and are used by buyers of legal services to justify their hiring decisions.

Martindale-Hubbell is part of the LexisNexis client development solutions line, which provides industry leading networking and law firm marketing resources to help firms target clients, build their brand, develop new business opportunities, and provide exceptional client service. Through its four solutions lines -- client development, research, practice management and litigation services -- LexisNexis offers Total Practice Solutions to ensure that law firms have the tools and services they need to win in the business and practice of law.

There are three possible Peer Review Ratings:

CV® Peer Review Rating -- The CV is a good first rating for lawyers and a definitive statement of their above-average ability and unquestionable ethics. This is the maximum rating a lawyer can receive who has been admitted to the bar from 3-4 years.

BV® Peer Review Rating -- The BV is an excellent rating for a lawyer with more experience. This is the maximum rating a lawyer can receive who has been admitted to the bar from 5-9 years.

AV® Peer Review Rating -- An AV rating is a significant accomplishment -- a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV rating.

The following 32 attorneys have recently received Peer Review Ratings:

Baker & Hostetler LLP
       Robert R. Galloway (Cleveland, OH)
Burns & Levinson LLP
       Sean O. Coffey (Boston, MA)
Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.
       Nancy L. Heilman (Pittsburgh, PA)
       William R. Taxay (Pittsburgh, PA)
Dickinson Wright PLLC
       Brian Martinuzzi (Detroit, MI)
       Kathryn S. Wood (Detroit, MI)
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
       Frederick M. Erny (Cincinnati, OH)
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
       Clifford A. Pastel (Pittsburgh, PA)
Garan Lucow Miller, P.C.
       Patricia Dooley (Troy, MI)
Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C.
       Madeleine C. Wanslee (Phoenix, AZ)
Hogan & Hartson LLP
       Douglas R. M. Nazarian (Baltimore, MD)
Holme Roberts & Owen LLP
       Steven J. Perfrement (Denver, CO)
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
       Carol A. Friend (Detroit, MI)
       Ann T. Hollenbeck (Detroit, MI)
Jenner & Block LLP
       Philip L. Harris (Chicago, IL)
Margolis Edelstein
       Paul F. Weisbein (Philadelphia, PA)
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP
       David K. Duffee (Chicago, IL)
       Ronald M. Feiman (Chicago, IL)
McCarthy Tétrault LLP
       Geoff R. Hall (Toronto, Ontario)
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
       Mahmud Jamal (Toronto, Ontario)
       George M. Valentini (Toronto, Ontario)
Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross, A Professional Corporation
       Rhonda Sobral O'Toole (Newark, NJ)
Stoel Rives LLP
       Timothy L. McMahan (Portland, OR)
       John A. Rafter (Portland, OR)
       Thomas R. Wood (Portland, OR)
Ward and Smith, P.A.
       Merrill G. Jones II (New Bern, NC)
White and Williams LLP
       William H. Catto (Philadelphia, PA)
       Lori A. Kachmar (Philadelphia, PA)
       Karel S. Karpe (Philadelphia, PA)
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, A Professional Corporation
       Barry A. Cooke (Woodbridge, NJ)
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
       Joseph K. Brenner (Washington, DC)
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
       Neil S. Kornfeld (New York, NY)
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