Time for a little self-promotion...
For many years Martindale-Hubbell compiled peer review ratings of attorneys by their area of specialty. These ratings are complied from confidential responses. These responses are solicited from fellow attorneys and judges, who are familiar with the attorney under review.
In the past, one was rated AV, BV or no rating.
The current nomenclature is based upon a numerical rating ( 1.0 to 5.0) of specific categories:
Legal knowledge; Analytical Capabilities; Judgment; Communication Abilities and Legal Experience.
AV Preeminent is from 4.5 to 5.0
BV distinguished is from 3.0 to 4.4
Rated is from 1.0 to 2.9
I received my first "AV" rating in workers compensation law in 2003.
Presently I am rated 5.0/5.0 and remain AV Preeminent.
As this rating is based entirely upon the confidential responses of one's peers, I believe it is a noteworthy honor.